Just logged into your computer and launched the Origin for the gaming session, and guess what, Origin won’t open? Well, you are not the only one suffering from this.
Many users have reported that they can’t launch Origin, or even if they do, they are unable to launch the games installed. Seeing this problem has led to a lot of stress and problems for the origin users.
People are able to see the Origin icon in the taskbar for only a few seconds, and then it disappears. In other words, the Origin app is not able to respond to Windows 10. In worst-case scenarios, even if you try to uninstall the Origin, that doesn’t happen too.
Well, don’t worry, we have got your back, and we are here to help you out in every way possible to get you back on Origin with your favorite games. Keep reading to know how to fix “Origin won’t open/launch” solutions.
- Causes Of “Origin Won’t Open” Problem
- How To Solve “Origin Doesn’t Launch” Issue?
- 1. Delete The Temporary Files Of The Origin
- 2. Clear Your Computer’s DNS Cache
- 3. Reset Host Files For Windows 10
- 4. Launch Origin In Compatibility Mode
- 5. Delete Origin’s Cache Files
- 6. Check Updates For The Origin Client
- 7. Disable All Origin In-Game Overlays
- 8. Add Origin As An Exception In Third-Party Antivirus Software
- 9. Reinstall Origin Client
- 10. Perform A Clean Boot On Your Computer
- 11. Check And Install The latest Updates For Windows
- Final Words
Causes Of “Origin Won’t Open” Problem
Diving deeper into this error, the Origin won’t open issue can have several culprits at the back. Particularly for windows 10, Origin might be suffering at the hands of Origin cache or file error, System crashes, or Origin client corruption.
How To Solve “Origin Doesn’t Launch” Issue?
Don’t ruin your game party night, as the Origin won’t launch issue is completely solvable. We have jotted down the complete list of tried and tested fixes that will get your Origin running again. Some of these solutions are just small troubleshooting tips.
However, we have also added some advanced fix in case the former doesn’t work. Follow the given steps in the order they are written to save you some time (recommended).
1. Delete The Temporary Files Of The Origin
Running Origin on the Windows 10, there are some temporary files located in AppData folder. There might be some problematic files in that folder. And, getting rid of such files is important in order to launch the Origin.
To delete the temporary files on the Origin, follow the following method:
- Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R key at the same time.
- Once the run windows open, type %AppData% in the box and press enter.
- In the AppData directory locate the roaming folder and open it.
- Then in the roaming folder, right-click on the Origin folder and select delete from the drop-down.
- Then again, go to the AppData folder and locate the Origins Folder. Delete that folder as well.
Now that the files are deleted try to relaunch the Origin Client. For the best results, also reboot your computer and then launch Origin Client to check if the error still persists.
2. Clear Your Computer’s DNS Cache
One of the simplest tweaks that can help you run Origin in no time is to clear your computer’s DNS’ cache.
To clear the DNS cache, follow these steps:
- Firstly, open the Run dialog box either by the search menu or by clicking the Windows + R key simultaneously.
- Now, that the run windows opens, type the following command in the dialog box ipconfig/flushdns and then press enter.
- You’ll see a command box displayed not even for a second, that’s a sign that the DNS cache has been cleared on your computer.
- Now, run the Origin app to check if it launches.
3. Reset Host Files For Windows 10
There is a host file present in every windows installation that helps redirect websites to their corresponding IP addresses.
However, sometimes this file becomes infected, corrupted, or contains incorrect information. This causes internet issues such as not working with applications like Origin.
Typically the host file should not be touched or changed at all. However, if you see any changes done to your host file, you can reset it with the steps given below:
- Firstly, open the FIle explorer and go to the following location:
- Now, locate the host file in the directory and rename it to the host.bak (to do so you might need to take ownership of the file first)
- Now, create a notepad file named Hosts and paste the following text into that file:
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
# For example:
# 184.108.40.206 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 220.127.116.11 x.acme.com # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
- Now save this notepad file to this location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and then close the document.
Now your host file is back to as it should be. But, it is suggested to create a backup host file so that you can easily replace it again when needed. Keep your old host file as a backup and move it to the drivers’ folder next to the original one.
Resetting host file solves network connectivity issues. Therefore, it is proven to solve the Origin won’t open issue as well.
4. Launch Origin In Compatibility Mode
This is obvious that every program running on Windows 10 should be compatible with it as per the system requirements. So, for this reason, try running the Origin on compatibility troubleshooter mode to check the compatibility of Origin client on your Windows.
To Launch Origin in compatibility mode, go through the following steps:
- Right-click the Origin Client App either on the desktop or in the installation folder, and select properties from the drop-down menu.
- Once the properties window opens, go to the Compatibility tab.
- Now click Run compatibility troubleshooter. If it shows you an incompatibility error, do a few steps.
- Check the box for the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and then select your operating system.
- Also, disable the option for “Disable Fullscreen Optimization,” as sometimes fullscreen optimization also causes some errors.
- Further, check the box for “Run this program as an administrator,” this will allow Origin to have administrative privileges so that it launches smoothly.
- Now, click Apply and OK to save changes for Origin.
- Relaunch the Origin application.
Now, we hope that Origin is no more disappearing and running smoothly on your PC so that you can enjoy your gaming time.
5. Delete Origin’s Cache Files
You might know this if you are using Origin for quite sometime now that the Origin has few cache files. And, these files sometimes can be corrupted, and infected causing Origin won’t open issue. Therefore, these cache files need to be deleted in order to run the Origin smoothly.
Follow these steps to delete Origin’s temporary files:
- Firstly, exit the Origin client application.
- Now, open the run dialog box by pressing Windows + R key simultaneously.
- Once the Run window opens, type %ProgramData% in the box and press enter.
- Now, you’ll find a list of the installed programs on your PC. In the given list, locate the Origins folder and open that folder by double-clicking it.
- Now, delete all the folders except the LocalContent folder (Right-click and select delete from the menu). Be careful not to delete the LocalContent folder as it will cause some data loss, and also some applications might not work.
- Also, delete origin.exe and rename the Origin.TMP file to Origin, if you can find such file in the directory.
- Now restart your PC.
Once the computer reboots, try launching the Origin and see if it works or not.
6. Check Updates For The Origin Client
If you look into the “Origin won’t open” error, many users seem to have gone through this trouble. For many of these users, updates to the Origin client seem to have been the magical potion. You can take a look at Origin’s website or see if there’s an in-application update available.
If you can’t seem to find any updates in the application, you can download some of these manually. Often, these updates are also catered by Windows’ updates, so you might want to give that a look, too (we’ve covered this part below).
Here is how you can do it:
- First of all, right-click the Start Menu and then click the Task Manager from the given options on the menu. Alternatively, you can also open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Dlt buttons at the same time.
- Now, in Task Manager window check if you see any Origin Process running and also check if it is using Network (you can view its Network bandwidth).
So, if you see Origin in the task manager, but it is not using any of your Network Bandwidth, this means that the Origin is not updating itself. Therefore, you need to end this process completely from the Task Manager and move forward.
7. Disable All Origin In-Game Overlays
Yeah, we know, overlays in the origin app look all fancy and trendy. However, you might not know this, that they can be the culprit behind your Origin, not starting at all. Moreover, the in-game overlays also affect the framerate drastically.
Now, to be on the safer side, it is recommended to disable all Origin in-game overlays. To disable overlays, follow the short steps given below:
- Firstly, Launch Origin on your computer
- Then locate the Application Settings in the top menu and select it
- Here you’ll find a list of all the in-game overlays for Origin. Disable all of the in-game overlays.
- Once disabled, restart your Origin App to check if it is working smoothly.
8. Add Origin As An Exception In Third-Party Antivirus Software
Often, Origin is flagged by antivirus software to be malicious. Origin is quite heavy on resource consumption and gives off wrong intentions to Antivirus applications. In order to deal with this, you can put your Origin client in exceptions for such AV software.
Although this solution depends on the type of antivirus software you’re using, most of them follow the same steps. To solve the issue, head over to your antivirus’ client website and see if they have coverage on how to add applications to exceptions. If you can’t find any such manual, let us help you out.
Open your antivirus and head over to the settings. See if there’s an option titled “Exceptions” or “Add to Exceptions.” If you open it up, it’ll further ask you to provide the path to the binary (or EXE application) or ask for a name.
In either case, you can provide the path of Origin client or its name. This way, whenever your antivirus will try to run a scan, it won’t be suspecting the Origin of anything. This can help you resolve your “Origin won’t open” error in a minute (if this was, in fact, the source of trouble!)
9. Reinstall Origin Client
We’ve presented several solutions for you to fix your Origin client as is. However, if none of them seem to have worked for you, it might be a faulty Origin client itself. In this case, you can try reinstalling the Origin client.
10. Perform A Clean Boot On Your Computer
Reinstalling the origin client should’ve done the deal if it was Origin’s fault. Since it hasn’t solved anything for you and you’re looking at other solutions, it’s time to think big. It might be because of your computer getting in the way of your software operating normally.
What you can do is perform a clean boot on your computer. There are two ways you can do this step. Either you may reinstall your OS and everything on your disk, or you can keep disabling services and see which one’s the culprit.
Here’s how you can do the second method:
- Press “Win+R” keys at the same time to open the “Run” window.
- Once the run window launches, type “msconfig” to open the System Configuration window.
- In the system’s configuration, press the “Services” tab.
- Now, check the “Hide all Microsoft services” so you don’t accidentally turn off Microsoft’s services.
- Then, press the “Disable All” to disable all services currently running on your system.
- Once disabled, then head over to the “Startup” section.
- In the startup section, press the “Open Task Manager” to run the task manager.
- Disable all services in startup.
- Now, Close Task Manager and press “OK” on the previous window.
- Restart your computer to make sure all changes are made.
Retry using the Origin client. If it still doesn’t work, repeat the same steps mentioned above but now enable the services one by one. This may help you pinpoint the error and resume using Origin. Uninstall the application or service that was causing you trouble before.
11. Check And Install The latest Updates For Windows
If you’ve tried all solutions and don’t feel like resetting your computer, it might be the Operating System’s (OS) fault. To see if Windows is behind the issue, see if there are updates available for your OS.
Here’s how you can see if updates are available for your system:
- Open the notifications center on the bottom-right section of your screen
- Expand the section or check for “All Settings” if it’s already expanded
- Open the “Updates and Security” tab.
- Press the “Check for Updates” button to run a quick check if updates are available for Windows.
- If updates are available, they will be listed under the button itself. You can install each update separately or only update a few of them (it’s on you unless you’ve enabled automatic updates)
You should regularly check for updates and install them. These updates make sure your applications and software behave accordingly. Often, desktop applications require updates to .NET packages, which are distributed by Microsoft under Windows Updates.
If you can’t keep up with manually updating your Windows, you can enable automatic updates. You can also enable scheduled updates, so there’s no limited net while you’re working. Point being, an updated OS can help you stay on top of things.
So, if you are worried about Origin not launching right on the game night session, don’t worry! Like all other applications, Origin sometimes needs a little pick me up too, and in no time, it is back as new!
We hope that we have concluded enough for Origin won’t open, do let us know if you are still having some issues, or you can always contact the Origin Customer Support as well. Happy Gaming!