FIFA 21 is definitely an upgrade from 20 with an improvement to both career mode and ultimate mode. Despite this, players are encountering several issues like the game not launching. If you happened to be one of them, don’t worry. We’ve got several working fixes for you.

Try these fixes:

You might not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update your drivers
  2. Allow your game .exe file through controlled folder access
  3. Disable in-game overlay
  4. Verify integrity of game files
  5. Run the game as an administrator
  6. Run FIFA 21 in compatibility mode for Windows 8
  7. Change DIRECTX_SELECT value
  8. Set the settings to default in FIFA 21 Launcher
  9. Launch FIFA 21 in Windowed or Windowed borderless mode
  10. Delete files from ProgramData (Origin)
  11. Delete files from AppData (Origin)

Before getting started

Before moving on to the fixes, you need to make sure that your computer meets the minimum hardware and OS requirements to launch the game.

OSWindows 10 64-Bit
ProcessorIntel Core i3-6100 @ 3.7GHz or AMD Athlon X4 880K @4GHz
Memory8 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
Storage50 GB available space
MINIMUM System Requirements

To check your system information, you can:

1) Press Windows logo key + R together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type dxdiag and hit Enter.

open DirectX Diagnostic Tool to check the system information

3) When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window opens, under the System tab, you can check your system information listed.

check system information

Fix 1: Update your drivers

Using outdated drivers can affect performance despite your hardware meeting or exceeding the system requirements of the game you’re playing. We recommend checking for driver updates on a regular basis. And many players have reported that updating drivers help fix the FIFA 21 not launching issue. So you should do that.

There are two ways you can update your video card drivers:

Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some patience to update your drivers this way because you need to find out whether there’s an update available and update them one by one.

OR

Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Option 1 – Manually update your drivers

1) Press Windows logo key + R together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.

open device manager

3) Right-click on each driver and click Update driver.

manually update drivers

4) Click Search automatically for updated driver software.

manually update drivers

5) If there’s an update available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.

Option 2 – Automatically update your drivers

If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

update drivers automatically

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

update drivers automatically
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your drivers, restart your computer and launch your game to check if the issue is fixed. If not, don’t worry. There are other working fixes for you.


Fix 2: Allow your game .exe file through controlled folder access

Sometimes Windows Security may block your game from launching. So you should manually add your game to the list of allowed apps to prevent it from being blocked.

To do so, you can:

1) In the Search box, type windows security and click Windows Security from the results.

allow  an app through controlled folder access FIFA 21 not launching

2) Select Virus & threat protection from the left pane. Scroll down and under the Ransomware protection section, click Manage ransomware protection.

allow  an app through controlled folder access FIFA 21 not launching

3) Switch the Controlled folder access setting to On. When a window pops up asking “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device“, click Yes.
Then click Allow an app through Controlled folder access.

allow  an app through controlled folder access FIFA 21 not launching

4) Click Add an allowed app > Browse all apps.

allow  an app through controlled folder access FIFA 21 not launching

5) Then navigate to the game’s installation folder and select FIFA 21.exe, also FIFA 21 trial.exe & FIFAconfig.exe (only if you have them).

Also, if you’re using any antivirus software like Avast, AVG, you’re supposed to disable them before you launch your game. Because there is a possibility that this antivirus software is in conflict with your game launching.


Fix 3: Disable in-game overlay

If you turn on the in-game overlay, it could cause your game not to launch. In this case, you should turn it off on Steam or Origin.

Steam

1) Launch the Steam client and select the tab LIBRARY.

2) Right-click on FIFA 21 and select Properties.

disable in-game overlay on Steam FIFA 21 not launching

3) Select GENERAL and uncheck the box Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

disable in-game overlay on Steam FIFA 21 not launching

After applying the changes, exit Steam and run your game to see if this fixed the issue. If the issue persists, try the next fix.

Origin

1) Open Origin on your computer and click on My Game Library.

disable in-game overlay on Origin FIFA 21 not launching

2) Click on FIFA 21. Scroll down and click on Settings (the gear icon), then select Game Properties.

disable in-game overlay on Origin FIFA 21 not launching

3) Uncheck the box Enable Origin In Game for EA SPORTSTM FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition and click Save.

disable in-game overlay on Origin FIFA 21 not launching

4) Exit Origin and relaunch your game to check if it works. If it doesn’t, try the next fix.


Fix 4: Verify integrity of game files

Verifying integrity of game files is a recommended troubleshooting step you should take when you’re faced with the game not launching issue. It can help you verify if the integrity of your games files is intact. If it is not, it’ll then restore any missing or corrupted files. So you’re supposed to verify the game’s files on Steam or Origin.

Steam

1) Launch Steam client. From the LIBRARY section, right-click on Phasmophobia and select Properties from the menu.

verify integrity of game files on Steam FIFA 21 not launching

2) Select the LOCAL FILES tab and click the VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES… button.

verify integrity of game files on Steam FIFA 21 not launching

3) Steam will verify the game’s files and this process may take several minutes. After it’s finished, launch your game to check if it works for you. If not, move on to the next fix.

Origin

1) Go to My Game Library. Right-click on FIFA 21 and select Repair.
This will analyze the local files of FIFA 21 and reinstate corrupted or missing files.

repair game files on Origin

After the process is completed, click Update Game to make sure that you have the latest version of the game. The new version of the game can have patches that fix errors.

2) Now click Origin and select Sign Out.

repair game files on Origin

To make sure you’ve completely quit Origin, you can:

1) Press Windows logo key + R together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type taskmgr and press Enter to open the Windows Task Manager.

open task manager

3) Under the Processes tab, scroll down and find Origin. Right-click on it and select End task.

end task in Task Manager

Now restart your computer and launch your game to check if it does the trick. If it doesn’t, move on to the next fix.


Fix 5: Run the game as an administrator

Granting the game with administrator rights can solve many issues including not launching issue. So you should run FIFA 21 as an administrator.

1) Locate the file where you installed your game. Find the FIFA 21 .exe file and right-click on it.

run FIFA 21 as an administrator

2) Select the Compatibility tab. Check the box Run this program as an administrator. Then click Apply > OK.

run FIFA 21 as an administrator

3) Now launch your game and check if it works.


Fix 6: Run FIFA 21 in compatibility mode for Windows 8

If you encouter the issue of your game not launching, running it in compatibility mode for Windows 8 may help. Her’s how you can do it:

1) Locate the file where you installed your game. Find the FIFA 21 .exe file and right-click on it.

Run FIFA 21 in compatibility mode for Windows 8 FIFA 21 not launching

2)Select the Compatibility tab and check the box Run this program in compatibility mode for: (make sure that you select Windows 8). Then click Apply > OK.

Run FIFA 21 in compatibility mode for Windows 8 FIFA 21 not launching

After applying the changes, launch your game again and check if the game not launching issue persists. If it does, move on to the next fix.


Fix 7: Change DIRECTX_SELECT value

Changing DIRECTX_SELECT value has proved to be working for many players. So you should give it a try.

1) Open the FIFA 21 folder and you can see fifasetup. Right-click on it and select Open with > Notepad.

Change DIRECTX_SELECT value

2) If the DIRECTX_SELECT value is 0. You can change it to 1. If it’s 1, change it to 0.

Change DIRECTX_SELECT value

3) After applying the changes, click File > Save.

Change DIRECTX_SELECT value

4) Close the notepad and launch your game if it solves the problem.


Fix 8: Set the settings to default in FIFA 21 Launcher

You probably had changed the settings before in order to have a certain result. But it may cause some issues like the game not launching. So you’re supposed to set them to default. Here’s how you can do this:

1) Open your game and click on Game Settings.

2) When you’re guided to the Game Settings window, click Restore Default.

3) Now try to relaunch your game.


Fix 9: Launch FIFA 21 in Windowed or Windowed borderless mode

Some players have reported that launching the game in Windowed or Windowed borderless mode helped fix the issue. So you’re supposed to give it a shot.

1) Open your launcher and click on Game Settings.

2) When you’re guided to the Game Settings window, under the Display Configuration tab, select Windowed or Windowed Borderless mode. Then click Ok to apply the changes.

3) Now launch your game to check if it does the trick.


Fix 10: Delete files from ProgramData (Origin)

There’re some files that are corrupted, which would probably stop the game from launching. So you need to delete them.

1) Press Windows logo key + R together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type %ProgramData%/Origin and press Enter.

3) Delete all the files from this folder, except the LocalContent file.

Fix 11: Delete files from AppData (Origin)

Deleting files from ProgramData might not solve the issue. In this case, you can also delete files from AppData.

1) Press Windows logo key + R at the same time on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type %appdata% and press Enter.

3) Right-click on Origin and select Delete.

4) In the address bar of File Explorer, click on AppData.

5) Double-click on the Local folder. Scroll down and delete the Origin folder.

After you’ve done all of these, restart and computer and launch the game to check if it does the trick.


So these are 11 fixes for the FIFA 21 not launching issue. If nothing works, you should consider completely uninstalling the game and then install it again. For any questions or ideas, please leave us a comment below.

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