Games such as Valorant can oftentimes run into issues such as error codes, compliance errors, and some critical ones. Here's a quick guide on how to fix those critical errors.
We've had a ton of guides concerning the error codes, and all of them have an easy and quick solution to them. Critical Errors are different from error codes, and you might need a helping hand to get rid of them.
What Does Critical Error Mean In Valorant
If Error Codes are mostly caused by a bad start or anything concerning the game itself, critical errors are the polar opposite.
They can happen due to:
- Outdated drivers
- Incompatible Settings
- Corrupted Files
- Server Issues
- OS issues
Even though this might seem like a difficult problem to fix, worry not as we've gathered all the possible solutions in one place.
How To Fix A Critical Error Has Occurred Error In Valorant
Updating Your Software
Most of the time this error happens when your most important drivers aren't updated for a long long time. Updating your drivers is very important for your system as they are the software that runs the hardware. Your best bet is to check them one by one, but the usual suspect here is your GPU so you should check that driver first.
Apart from updating your drivers you should also go ahead and update your Windows as well, and to do that:
- Open PC Settings (Windows Key + I)
- Open Windows Update (Left side of window)
- Click on Check For Updates, and let Windows check if your OS is up to date
To check & update your drivers:
- Click Windows + S
- Type Device Manager & click Enter
- Once there, right on the desired hardware and click on Update Driver
- Then on the new window, let windows automatically check for updates
This is the default way of checking your drivers, the more convenient and better one would be to open the program provided by the hardware issuer and download their latest drivers manually.
Restart Your PC
This is your Hail Mary when it comes to errors. While Critical Errors are not usually connected to the error codes, they can have similar causes. Restarting your PC will let all of your system processes but also Riot processes completely restart. This will make sure that if any of those processes were faulty, a restart will make them work just fine.
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Repair Or Reinstall Valorant
As we stated before, one of the main causes for this issue could be Corrupted Files.
The first and easier solution to try is to "Repair" your Valorant directory and installation files, and to do so:
- Open the Riot Client
- Click on the User Icon top-right
- From Settings go to Valorant
- Click on "Repair" button on the bottom side
This will check all of the Valorant files and replace/delete any that are corrupted or faulty. If this doesn't work you might need to reinstall Valorant, and if you need help with that check out How To Uninstall Valorant?
Running Valorant As An Administrator
Some files inside Valorant or your Operating System may need to be run as Admin to work smoothly. To run Valorant as an Admin simply right-click your game icon and click Run as Administrator.
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