If Street Fighter V isn’t running on your system, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the solution you’re looking for on this page because it’s packed with guides that tackle the underlying causes of the Street Fighter V not launching issue.

Why Is Street Fighter V Not Launching on Steam?

The possible causes of the problem include

  • antivirus interference,
  • a faulty graphics card driver,
  • Steam lacking admin privileges,
  • incorrect computer configurations,
  • Windows 10 issues, and
  • problematic game settings.

How to Fix the “Street Fighter V Not Launching in Windows 10” Problem

As soon as you get rid of the problem triggering crashes to desktop or launch failures, you can play the game. The guides below will help you go through the possible underlying issues one after the other until you get the game to run again.

Make sure your system can run Street Fighter V

Your computer must meet these system requirements if it’s going to launch the game correctly:

Street Fighter V Minimum Requirements:

CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 @ 3.60GHz

Operating system: WINDOWS® 7 (64-bit)

System Memory (RAM): 6 GB

GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 480, GTX 570, GTX 670, or higher

DirectX: Version 11

Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Street Fighter V Recommended Requirements:

Operating System: Windows 7; 8; 8.1; 10. Note that the game will only run on a 64-bit operating system.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K @ 3.50GHz; AMD FX-9370

System Memory (RAM): 8 GB

GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960; AMD Radeon R7 370

DirectX: Version 11

Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Follow these steps to check your system’s configuration:

  1. Launch the Settings application by right-clicking the Start button and choosing Settings or by pressing the Windows logo key + I.
  2. After the Settings app opens, click on the System icon.
  3. Once the System interface shows up, go to the left pane of the window, scroll down, then click on About.
  4. Now, go to the right pane, and you’ll see information about your PC, such as your processor’s specs and architecture and your RAM size under Device Specifications.
  5. After that, scroll up in the left pane and click on Display.
  6. Scroll down under Display and click on the Advanced Display Settings link.
  7. When the Advanced Display Settings screen appears, click “Display adapter properties for Display 1.”
  8. The Properties dialog will now pop up, showing your video card’s details under the Adapter tab.

Exclude Street Fighter V folders from antivirus scans

Antivirus interference is one of the leading causes of startup problems in SFV. The game triggers false positives in some security applications, especially AVG, Avast, and even Windows Defender. You’ll have to add the following files and folders as exclusions in your antivirus program to prevent the security suite from scanning and blocking them:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\StreetFighterV.exe

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\StreetFighterV\Binaries\Win6\StreetFighterV.exe

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\StreetFighterV

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\Steam

The exclusion feature is the same across every known antivirus program, although it goes by different names. For example, it’s called Exceptions in Avast and AVG and Exclusions in Windows Security.

We’ll show you how to prevent these three programs from blocking Street Fighter V.

Windows Security:

  1. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. After the Start menu appears, type “Virus.”
  3. Click on Virus & Threat Protection in the search results.
  4. Once the Virus & Threat Protection page opens, scroll down and click on Manage Settings under Virus & Threat Protection Settings.
  5. Scroll down to Exclusions on the Virus & Threat Protection Settings page and click on “Add or remove exclusions.”
  6. When you get to the Exclusions interface, click on “Add an exclusion.”
  7. Click on Folder to select a folder and click on File to select a file.
  8. Add the files and folders above.
  9. Launch Street Fighter V to check for the problem.

Avast:

  1. Launch Avast.
  2. Go to the top-right corner of the window and click on the three lines to open the program’s menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Go to the left side and switch to the General tab.
  5. Select Exceptions.
  6. Click on the Add Exception button.
  7. Type the path to the file or folder you want to exclude and click on the Add button.
  8. You can also click on Browse and navigate to the file or folder you want to exclude, tick the box beside it, and then click OK.
  9. Repeat Steps 2 to 8 until you exclude every file and folder that you have to exclude.

AVG:

  1. Launch AVG.
  2. Go to the top-right corner and click on Menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Go to the left side and switch to the General tab.
  5. Select Exceptions.
  6. Click on the Add Exception button.
  7. Type the path to the file or folder you want to add as an exception and click on the Add button.
  8. You can also click on Browse and navigate to the file or folder you want to exclude, tick the box beside it, and then click OK.
  9. Repeat Steps 2 to 8 until you exclude every file and folder that you have to exclude.

Turn off DEP for Street Fighter V

DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is a built-in Windows security feature that enables the system to map some memory regions as non-executable. The feature prevents programs from running code from these protected data pages, such as default memory pools, stacks, and heaps.

Programs designed for Windows are normally DEP-compliant. They should not trigger the error. However, the feature clashes with some programs, especially games. This is why Microsoft allows system administrators to turn off DEP for specific applications. Turn off the feature for Street Fighter V and check if the startup issue occurs again:

  1. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  1. After the Start menu appears, click on the Settings gear icon.
  2. Select System once the Settings app opens.
  3. Go to the bottom of the left pane once the next pane appears and click on About.
  4. Next, go to the right side of the About tab and click on “Advanced system settings.”
  5. When you see the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog, click on Settings under Performance.
  6. Once the Performance Options dialog window comes up, head to the Data Execution Prevention tab.
  7. Next, click on the “Turn on DEP for all programs except those that I select” radio button, then click Add.
  8. After the Open dialog window shows up, navigate to Street Fighter V’s install location (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\StreetFighterV.exe) and double-click its EXE file. You also have to add C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\StreetFighterV\Binaries\Win64\StreetFighterV.exe.
  9. Click on OK in both dialog boxes, then run the game and check for the problem.

You might also have to disable Secure Boot. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  1. After the Start menu appears, click on the Settings gear icon.
  2. Select Update & Security once the Settings app opens.
  1. Go to the left side of the Update & Security page and click on Recovery.
  2. Go to the right side of the page and click on Restart Now under Advanced Startup.
  3. Your system will now restart to the Choose an Option screen.
  4. Click on Troubleshoot.
  5. Click on Advanced Options under Troubleshoot.
  6. After the Advanced Options page appears, select UEFI Firmware Settings.
  7. Allow your system to restart to your BIOS interface.
  8. Now, go to the security section of your BIOS and disable Secure Boot.
  9. Save your changes and restart your system.

Run Steam and Street Fighter V as an administrator

Windows might be blocking the game’s access to system-level resources, such as protected files and folders, because it doesn’t have sufficient privileges. This could be the reason for the startup problem you’re experiencing. Grant Street Fighter V and Steam admin rights and check if the issue has gone away.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the game’s installation folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\StreetFighterV.exe) and right-click its executable file.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. Once the Properties dialog opens, go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Check the box for “Run this program as an administrator,” then click on the OK button.

How to run Steam as an administrator:

  1. Go to Steam’s installation folder (C:\Program Files\Steam) and right-click its executable file.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. Once the Properties dialog opens, go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Check the box for “Run this program as an administrator,” then click on the OK button.

You can now launch Steam and run the game to check for the error.

Verify the game’s files

Corrupt installation files are enough to prevent the game from launching. Use Steam’s verification feature to check for broken or missing game files and replace them. The following steps will show you how to do that:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. Launch the Steam client once your computer boots up.
  3. Head to the top of the window and click on Library.
  4. Next, navigate to the game and right-click it.
  5. Select Properties, or go to the game’s library page, click on Manage, and then select Properties.
  6. Next, head to the Local Files tab and click on “Verify integrity of game files…”
  7. The verification process will now begin. It may take some minutes or longer to complete, depending on your system’s speed and your internet connection.
  8. Once the process is complete, restart the client and try launching the game.

Reset Street Fighter V settings

Your in-game settings could be the problem, or you might be dealing with corrupt save files, compromised configuration files, or damaged MODs. In this case, to fix the problem, reset your game’s settings by deleting all its configuration files, then restart it.

Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard or right-click the Start button and click on Run in the Power User menu.
  2. After the Run dialog window comes up, type or copy and paste “%LocalAppData%\StreetFighterV\Saved” (without the quotes), then hit the Enter button.
  3. Now, copy your GameProgressSave.sav file to a different directory.
  4. If you use MODs, remove the ~Mods folder (C:\Program Files (X86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\StreetFighterV\content\PAKS\~MODS) folder too.
  5. Now, delete everything in the Saved folder.
  6. Restart the game and copy your .sav file back to the Saved folder.

Disable IPv6

If the game is crashing 10 to 15 seconds after launch, or if nothing happens when you try to open it, you should try disabling IPv6. The protocol might be clashing with your Ethernet’s IPv4 protocol. Follow these steps to disable IPv6:

  1. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. After the Start menu appears, type “Control panel” and click on the first result.
  3. Once the Control Panel opens, click “View network status and tasks” under Network and Internet.
  4. Next, go to the left pane of the Network and Sharing Center window and click on Change Adapter Settings.
  5. Right-click on your active connection once the Network Connections page opens and click on Properties in the context menu.
  6. Once the Properties dialog opens, go to the list under “This connection uses the following items,” and scroll down to Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), and then disable it.
  7. Click on the OK button.
  8. Check if the game can now run without problems.

Resolve driver problems

Graphics card drivers are notoriously known to be at the center of many gaming problems. This could be one of those cases. If your graphics card driver is obsolete, unstable, or corrupt, you’ll have a hard time running Street Fighter V. Making sure your GPU driver is up to date is the best practice if you want to keep things smooth. However, some updates come with compatibility problems.

So, it would make sense to start by rolling back to your previous GPU driver if you started experiencing the startup issue in Street Fighter V after installing an update. We recommend that you always run a clean installation to eliminate the chances of a corrupt installation messing things up.

Follow these steps to uninstall your current GPU driver:

  1. Right-click on the Start button in the taskbar or tap the Windows logo and X keys together.
  2. Once the Power User menu opens, click on Device Manager.
  3. After the Device Manager shows up, go to the Display Adapters category and expand it.
  4. Right-click on your GPU and select Properties. Go to the Driver tab of the Properties dialog to check your driver version.
  5. Next, close the Properties dialog.
  6. Right-click on your GPU again and select Uninstall Device.
  7. Check the box beside “Delete the driver software for this device” once the Uninstall Device dialog pops up.
  8. Click on Uninstall.
  9. Restart your system after the process completes.

Now, head to the website of your graphics card manufacturer to download and install the previous driver. Since you know the latest driver version (or the one you just uninstalled), download the driver that predates it.

If you haven’t updated your driver or the rollback doesn’t work, installing the latest update could solve the problem. Start by removing your current driver. After that, you can head to the manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest driver.

You can also use a third-party program such as Auslogics Driver Updater to install your GPU driver’s latest version. The program is specifically designed to check for faulty device drivers and install their updates. You can even schedule regular automatic scans with this app. This means that going forward you no longer have to worry about device driver issues.

Here’s how to use the tool:

  1. Download the program’s setup file from here.
  2. Open the setup file and select Yes once the User Account Control dialog pops up.
  3. Select a language and enter other preferences once the setup wizard appears, then click on the “Install” button.
  4. Once the installation is complete, the tool will begin to check your system for problematic drivers.
  5. You’ll see a detailed list of drivers that you need to update.
  6. Click on the Update button for your graphics card driver and allow the program to do the rest.
  7. You can go for the full version if you want to update multiple drivers at once.
  8. Once the tool updates the driver, reboot your system, then run Street Fighter V to check if the startup issue persists.
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Reinstall Visual C++

Street Fighter V requires a working Visual C++ runtime environment to run correctly. That is the reason the Visual C++ Redistributable package is installed alongside the game. If the game is crashing to the desktop after displaying the Capcom logo, the package may be corrupt or missing.

Reinstalling the Visual C++ Redistributable package is the only way to resolve the problem in this case.

Firstly, you have to uninstall the current package. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. After the Start menu appears, type “Control panel” and click on the first result.
  3. Once the Control Panel opens, click on Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  4. On the Programs and Features screen, locate Visual C++ 2015 or an earlier version and uninstall it.

Now, go to Microsoft’s website and download the 32-bit variant of the Visual C++ Redistributable package for 2015 or an earlier version and install it. Once you’re done, the game should be able to start.

Disable other overlay features

Some applications can draw over Street Fighter V while it’s in full-screen mode. They include Overwolf, Microsoft’s Game Bar, and Discord, among others. These programs’ overlay features could be preventing the game from running. Below, we’ll be showing you how to disable the overlay feature in these applications.

Discord overlay:

  1. Open the Discord app.
  2. Click on the cogwheel (User Settings) icon once the app opens.
  3. Go to the App Settings area and switch to the Overlay tab.
  4. Go to the “Enable in-game overlay” option and toggle it off.
  5. Launch the game and check for the problem.

Microsoft Game Bar:

  1. Right-click on the Windows logo in the taskbar.
  2. Click on Settings in the Power User menu.
  3. Once the Settings home screen opens, select Gaming.
  4. Turn off the switch under “Record game clips, screenshots, broadcast using Game bar” in the Gaming interface’s Game Bar tab.
  5. After that, go to the left pane of the Gaming interface and click on Captures.
  6. Go to Background Recording and turn off “Record audio when I broadcast.”
  7. Exit the Settings application and launch Street Fighter V to check for the problem.

Overwolf overlay:

  1. Open the system tray in the far-right section of the taskbar.
  2. Once the system tray opens, right-click the Overwolf icon, then click on Settings in the context menu.
  3. Click on Games Overlay when the Settings page appears.
  4. Next, switch to the right side of the window, navigate to the game, then toggle off the switch to its right.
  5. You can now launch Street Fighter V and check for the glitch.

Install the Windows Media Player Feature Pack (for Windows 10N users)

You have to download the feature pack for the Windows Media player if you use Windows 10N.

Perform a clean boot

Other third-party programs or services could be preventing Street Fighter V from launching. Firstly, go to the Task Manager and kill any program you’re not currently using. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Ctrl, Shift, and Esc buttons together to open the Task Manager.
  2. After the Task Manager opens, look for programs under the Processes tab that you aren’t using, especially those with high CPU, disk, network, and memory usage.
  3. Click on each program, then click on End Task.

If closing third-party programs doesn’t work, then you should disable programs that launch when Windows starts and continue to run in the background. After disabling these programs and restarting your system, you can confirm if one of them prevents the game from launching.

Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard or right-click the Start button and click on Run in the Power User menu.
  2. After the Run dialog window comes up, type “msconfig” and click on the OK button.
  3. Go to the Services tab once you see the System Configuration window.
  4. Next, check the “Hide all Microsoft services” box.
  5. Click on the Disable All button in the bottom-right corner.
  6. After that, open System Configuration’s Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
  7. Right-click on each startup program under the Task Manager’s Startup tab and click on Disable.
  8. Return to the System Configuration window and click on the OK button.
  9. Now, restart your system.

After your computer starts up, fire up the Steam client and run Street Fighter V. If the game opens normally, it means one of the services you disabled is capable of preventing it from launching. You can find this particular service by enabling the services one after the other and checking for the problem.

If you can’t stand the stress of going through all the services, try checking them in batches. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog window.
  2. Check half of the services, then click on Enable All.
  3. Restart your system and run the game.
  4. If the game starts, then none of the services you enabled is the culprit. You can now move on to the next half of the services and ignore the first batch.
  5. If the game does not launch after enabling a group of services, check the services in that group one after the other until the issue goes away.

Force Street Fighter V to run on your dedicated graphics card

Street Fighter V will refuse to run on a GPU that doesn’t meet its minimum requirements. The game isn’t designed to run on most integrated graphics cards. So, if your computer has two graphics cards, make sure Street Fighter V runs on the dedicated adapter.

Follow these steps if you’re using an NVIDIA card:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and click on the NVIDIA Control Panel option in the context menu.
  2. After the NVIDIA Control Panel opens, go to the window’s left pane, expand the 3D Settings drop-down, and select Manage 3D Settings.
  3. Go to the right pane, and under Global Settings, select High-performance NVIDIA Processor under the Preferred Graphics Processor drop-down.
  4. Now, switch to the Program Settings tab.
  5. Head to the “Select a Program to Customize” drop-down and select Street Fighter V. If the game doesn’t appear on the list of options in the drop-down menu, click on the Add button.
  6. After the dialog window shows up, navigate to the installation folder of Street Fighter V and double-click Street Fighter V.exe.
  7. Once you’ve added the game, go to the drop-down menu under “Select the preferred graphics processor for this program” and click on High-performance NVIDIA Processor.
  8. After that, select the Apply button and launch Street Fighter V to check for the launching problem.

Follow the steps below if you’re using an AMD graphics card:

  1. Right-click on your desktop’s empty surface and select AMD Radeon Settings from the context menu.
  2. Once AMD Radeon Settings opens, click on System in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. After the System interface of AMD Radeon Settings opens, go to the top-right corner again and click on the Switchable Graphics button.
  4. By default, the first view you’ll see under Switchable Graphics is the Running Applications view. You’ll be able to change the Switchable Graphics mode of recently opened applications and those that are currently open in this view.
  5. However, if you don’t see Street Fighter V here, go to the top-right corner of the window under the Switchable Graphics button and click on Running Applications. Select Installed Profiled Applications to prompt the program to display all the apps that your GPU detects.
  6. Now, locate Street Fighter V, click on the arrow beside it, then select High Performance.
  7. If you still don’t see the game, go to the window’s top-right corner and click on the Browse option.
  8. Navigate to Street Fighter V’s installation folder in the Browse dialog and double-click its EXE file.
  9. You can now change Street Fighter V’s Switchable Graphics mode.

Note that changing the game’s Switchable Graphics mode to High Performance will force it to ignore your computer’s default power saving policy and run on your dedicated AMD GPU.

Use the Windows Settings app

This method applies to all card users. Follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Stay in the Display tab once the System interface appears, then go to the bottom of the main screen and click on Graphics Settings.
  3. Once the Graphics Settings page opens, go to the drop-down menu under “Choose an app to set preference,” select Classic App, then click on the Browse button.
  4. In the Browse dialog box, go to Street Fighter V’s installation folder and double-click Street Fighter V.exe.
  5. Once Street Fighter V shows up, click on it, then click on the Options button.

The Graphics Specifications dialog will show up and show you the details of both GPUs. Normally, the Power Saving GPU will be your integrated card, while the High-Performance GPU will be your dedicated card.

Select the radio button for High Performance and click on Save.

Note that choosing System Default will switch your apps between GPUs according to the mode your PC is in.

Conclusion

That’s how to fix the Street Fighter V not starting issue on Windows 10. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. Just head to the comments section below.