Origin Won’t Open Error: Here are 9 Methods to Fix it Permanently

Origin Won't Open Error

I am sure there are moments when you turn on your computer to play some games and tried to launch Origin, but it won’t open. First of all, you are not alone. Many people are facing the same kind of issues now and then. Sometimes Origin will open but the launch option of games will not work. But on the bright side, there are many solutions to this issue.

Not only Origin, but you might also face this issue for any software on your PC. There might be cache or file error, also your system might have crashed. Another reason could be your temporary files. Now let us concentrate on the solving part.

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Origin Won’t Open: 9 Methods to Fix it Permanently

1. Delete Temporary Files

When you use any software, it creates many temporary files over the period. When any software gets an update those temporary files might create some issues. So the first thing you should do is to delete Origin temporary files.

  • Press Windows + R to open the run dialogue box.
  • Type %AppData% in the search box and press enter.
  • Look out for the folder called ‘Roaming’ and open it.
  • There will be a folder with the name ‘Origin’, select it.
  • Press Shift + Delete and Enter to delete the temporary files.
  • On the AppData folder if there is a folder with the name ‘Origin’, select that.
  • Press Shift + Delete and Enter to delete that too.

2. Clear DNS Cache

Clearing your DNS cache could be an easy solution for the issue.

Clear DNS
Clear DNS
  • Press Windows + R to open the run dialogue box.
  • Type ipconfig/flushdns in the search box and press enter.
  • The command prompt will flash on your screen for a split second, which will clear all your DNS Cache.

3. Compatibility Mode


Windows Compatibility troubleshooter mode is another strong way to resolve the problem.

  • Right-click the Origin Client App.
  • Select properties from the drop-down menu.
  • Go to the ‘Compatibility’ tab on the new window.
  • Now click Run compatibility troubleshooter. If it shows any error follow along.
  • Check the box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select the operating system you are using.
  • Disable the option for ‘Disable Fullscreen Optimization’.
  • Check the ‘Run this program as an administrator’ box to give it administrator privileges.
  • Finally, click Apply and OK to save and relaunch the Origin software.

4. Delete Cache Files

Just like temporary files, all the software creates cache files. Deleting the cache files of Origin might be another solution for your problem.

  • Press Windows + R to open the run dialogue box.
  • Type %ProgramData% in the search box and press enter.
  • Locate the folder ‘Origin’ and open it.
  • Delete all the folders except the LocalContent folder. Be cautious, as deleting that particular folder will create more issues.
  • Restart your computer and try launching Origin.

5. Disable In-Game Overlay

In-Game overlays are a normal thing for game launch clients like Origin or Steam. But by disabling that might help you. Also, you need to do that when you are able to launch the client itself.

Origin Settings
Origin Settings
  • Launch Origin on your computer.
  • Select Application Settings in the top menu.
  • You will find all the Origin overlays here, disable everything.
  • Restart the client and check if it is working properly.

6. Reset Host Files

Host files are used to redirect websites to their corresponding IP addresses which is present in all the software installed on your computer which needs internet to work properly. If that file gets corrupted Origin won’t open. All you need to is to reset the host files of Origin.

  • Open File Explorer.
  • On the directory box copy paste C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and press enter.
  • Locate the host file in the directory and rename it to the host.bak.
  • Create a notepad file with the name ‘Host’ and paste the following text in their:
    # 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
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
    # For example:
    # rhino.acme.com # source server
    # x.acme.com # x client host
    # localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
    # localhost
    # ::1 localhost
  • Save the file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.

7. Reinstall Origin Client

Sometimes when nothing works, reinstalling any software will resolve any launch issues.

  • Go to Start and select Settings.
  • Select ‘Apps’.
  • Look for Origin and select it.
  • You will see Modify and Uninstall options. Select uninstall.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Download the client again and install it.

8. Add Origin as an Exception in Your Antivirus Software

Sometimes your antivirus might add Origin as malicious software and cause problem using it. If you add it to the exception list, the antivirus will not effect the performance of Origin.

  • Now doing that completely depends on the antivirus software you are currently using.
  • But on the settings tab of your antivirus software, there should be a tab or option called ‘exceptions’.
  • Head over to that and select Origin.

9. Update Windows

Windows Update
Windows Update

If nothing works, the culprit might be the operating system itself and updating the OS can make Origin work again.

  • Go to Start and select Settings.
  • Select ‘Updates and Security’.
  • Press the ‘Check for updates’ button to initiate.
  • If there are any updates available it will download and install it.

Wrapping Up

So these were all the possible solution of Origin won’t open problem and at least one of the ways shown here should do the job for you. If you are still facing issue the only thing left to do is a fresh Windows install.


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