[Solved] 5 Ways to Fix Team Fortress 2 Doesn't Launch Error

While most fixes, like setting Screen Resolution or Launch Options, when TF2 doesn't launch are general ones, of the five ways to fix it some are bound to help!

Updated on Dec 14, 2023
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[Solved] 5 Ways to Fix Team Fortress 2 Doesn't Launch Error

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Update Graphics Drivers

Seeing as there is no way that your PC is unable to run Team Fortress 2 these days, or causing startup crashing issues, the issue can also be caused due to an outdated graphics card driver for your hardware and it’s a good idea to check for and install the latest video drivers.

This one is a bit tricky since every dedicated graphics card, or video card, as those are interchangeable these days, has its own drivers. It's useful for all sorts of things, however, including showing FPS in Team Fortress 2, namely the fact that it won't be dropping!

Graphics Drivers

However, usually, they all come with an accompanying app to help you keep your graphics card drivers up to speed. In the case of Nvidia, here is how to do it:

  1. Open GeForce Experience

  2. Click on the “Check for Updates” option on the homepage

If that doesn’t solve the issue of Team Fortress 2 not launching, then you may also want to check the drivers for sound, network, and other things that Team Fortress 2 uses to be able to run smoothly.

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Run Team Fortress 2 as Administrator

The most effective method so far, as testified by numerous Reddit users who play Team Fortress 2, is to try running it in compatibility mode and as an administrator.

  1. Open the Disk where Steam is installed

  2. Open Steamapps folder

  3. Open the Team Fortress 2 folder in the common folder

  4. Open the Properties of the TF2 app in the game's Folder

  5. Check “Run this program in compatibility mode” and “Run this program as an administrator” in the Compatibility tab

Team Fortress 2 - Administrator

Now you can try and run Team Fortress 2 and see if the issue is resolved. If not, there are a few more options to go through! In the meantime, you can also check out how many hours you've played TF2, in case you've been grinding too much!

I've found that this is the best way to resolve most unspecified Team Fortress 2 issues. It all comes down to the fact that we have to do the stuff Valve forgets about, as Valve often updates its engines, but not the games the engines themselves run. At least not in time, as it's the case for TF2.

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Verify the Integrity of TF2 Game Files

There is always a chance that your game files may be corrupted, or outright missing, for one reason or another. So, one thing you can do is verify the integrity of your game files, and see if that fixes the issue.

  1. Open Steam
  2. Right-click on Team Fortress 2 in the Library tab
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select the Local Files tab
  5. Click on the "Verify integrity of game files" option
  6. Wait for the verification process to end
  7. Restart your PC to apply changes

Tam Fortress 2 - Files Integrity

If the verification process finds something wrong with your game files, as even a single corrupted game file will cause issues for all PC games, Steam will automatically replace the corrupted or missing game files, to ensure the game runs smoothly.

This option is the biggest nail-biter, as there is no predicting what the damage is going to be like after replacing the files. I've had to customize my settings far too many times, and let me tell you, it's not a fun experience.

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Set Launch Options

Another method that quite a few Team Fortress 2 players can attest to working for them, when Team Fortress 2 won't launch, is to set launch options. This is done easily.

  1. Open Steam
  2. Right-click on Team Fortress 2 in the Library tab
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select the General tab
  5. Click on Set launch options
  6. Type in "autoconfig"
  7. Click OK

Set Launch Options - Team Fortress 2

Now you can give the game a try. You can also go back to your previous launch options, by following the same steps and deleting the typed-in "autoconfig".

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Set Proper Screen Resolution

If the previous fix did not do the trick, the issue may also be related to the famous Team Fortress 2 fullscreen problems, as somehow the software goes bonkers when the precise resolution is not set, which, once again, ties to Valve's forgetfulness in updating. The fix is simple

  1. Open Steam Client
  2. Right-click on Team Fortress 2 in the Library tab
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select the General tab
  5. Click on Set launch options
  6. Type in "windowed -noborder -w [SCR-H] -h [SCR-W]"
  7. Click OK

The "h' and "w" stand for the height and width of your screen. Open your PC's properties by right-clicking on the desktop, and then open Advanced Display Settings in the Display settings option.

Under Resolution, you can see your precise Screen Resolution, which you will then type in instead of [SCR-H] and [SCR-W] respectively. If that doesn't work, you can also try out one of the best VPNs for TF2, and play on a different server, as the issue may not lie with you.

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