Released in 2011, Minecraft quickly became one of the most popular games for the desktop environment. Making its mark with the sandboxed nature and pixelated graphics, many users regularly play the game even till date. While the never-ending world waits for you, it becomes really annoying when you cannot get into the game at all.
Here, I shall discuss how to troubleshoot if you see Minecraft not responding on your computer.
Why Is Minecraft Not Responding?
There can be many reasons why you see Minecraft launcher not responding, with both software and hardware issues to be blamed. One of the most common reasons why Minecraft is not responding is due to texture packs consuming more system resources than necessary.
There have been multiple reports of other causes as well. Another common reason is the outdated Java language, on which the Minecraft game is built. The error may also be caused due to outdated drivers, mods, and corrupt installation. Let us take a look in detail on each of these causes, and how you can easily fix them as well.
[SOLVED] Minecraft Not Responding
Now that you have some idea about why you may be facing this error, here are the simple solutions that you can try to fix this error accordingly.
Solution 1: Update The Game
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have the latest version of the game installed on your computer. If you have not updated the game in a while, there may be a pending update that you missed that is causing the error. To force Minecraft to update the game, follow these steps:
- Launch the Minecraft game using the launcher.
- Click on the Options button next to your Username.
- Here, click on the Force Update option.
Now the game will be forced to look for updates on the Minecraft servers. Once the update completes, restart your computer and check if the error persists. You should be able to launch the game without any errors.
Solution 2: Update Windows
The next solution involves making sure you have the latest updates to Windows 10 installed on your computer as well. This is primarily because many updates to various Windows components are actually shipped with the Windows cumulative updates.
Outdated Windows means you may be missing out on some important components, which may lead to Minecraft not responding on startup. If this is the case, make sure you have the latest updates installed on your computer. To update Windows, follow this path:
Settings (Win + I) > Update and Security > Windows Update
Solution 3: Update Video Drivers
Although the video drivers are updated with Windows Update, there is a chance that you may not have the latest video drivers on your computer. This can directly cause your computer to not load the graphics properly, making Minecraft nor respond upon launch.
Update your device drivers and check if still Minecraft is not responding. You should be able to play the game after installing the latest driver updates on your device.
Solution 4: Update Java
As mentioned earlier, Minecraft is based on the Java programming language. If you do not have the latest version of Java on your computer, there is a chance that Minecraft may become busy looking for the latest components, therefore failing to respond.
If you suspect this is the case, install the latest version of Java and check if the error persists. To update Java and make Minecraft execute the files, follow these steps:
- First, check your system type (32-bit or 64-bit). If you do not know this, right-click on the This PC icon on your desktop, and select Properties. You should have your system type mentioned here.
- Next, head to the Java official website and download the latest version of Java. A compressed file will be downloaded according to the version you choose.
Note: If you use both 32-bit and 64-bit browsers, you will need to install both Java versions as well.
- Extract the downloaded file to a convenient location, and copy the folder containing the Java files.
The folder name should be the Java version.
- Navigate to the following locations according to your system type:
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Java
64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Java
- Paste the files according to your system type in the path mentioned above.
If you are using a Minecraft mod, you will need to change the Java settings as well. For this, launch the mod manager and change the Java executable file location entry to the folder that you pasted the files above.
After a restart, the updated Java files will be used, therefore solving your Minecraft not responding error.
Solution 5: Disable High Texture Mods
Many players choose to enhance their in-game experience by using mods. There is a huge variety of mods available on the internet for Minecraft, each offering a different set of features. The most popular mods are the ones that improve the texture of the game, making it more appealing to the eyes.
However, since these mods directly interfere with the core files, there is a chance that your game may be busy loading the mods instead of the required files. This can lead to your game not responding. Turn off the mods, and check if the error persists.
If you solve the error after removing the mods, you will have to contact the developer and get a bug fix in the form of updates. Else, you can use a completely different mod for the same.
Solution 6: Reinstall Minecraft
If none of the solutions provided above helped you, reinstall Minecraft after clearing all the stored data. To do so, follow these steps:
- Open the control panel and go to the Programs & Features section.
(You can also type appwiz.cpl in a Run dialog and press Enter to directly go to this page.)
- Locate and uninstall Minecraft from your computer.
- Next, clear the local files as well. For this, open a Run dialog.
- Type %appdata% and press Enter.
- In the resulting (AppData > Roaming) folder that opens, go back once to open the AppData folder.
- In all the three folders listed here (Local, LocalLow, Roaming), delete all the Minecraft folders.
- Restart your computer.
- Visit the Minecraft website, and download the latest version of the installer.
- Install the game by double-clicking on the downloaded file.
Now, you should be able to play the game without any errors.
So there you have it. Now you know how to troubleshoot if you see Minecraft not responding on your computer. Comment below if you found this useful and to discuss further the same.