Dragon Age Inquisition not launching (2020) | FIXED

Generally, Dragon age inquisition not launching problem can be while starting the game which has been already installed or maybe you recently installed the game and it’s not launching.

In November 2014 the game was delivered worldwide for all platforms like Windows, play station, and Xbox.

Though the game work absolutely fine, there comes much time when dragon age inquisition not launching on Windows 10.

This troubleshooting guide will share the reasons behind this problem and how you can fix it on windows 10 or any other version of windows.

dragon age inquisition not launching 


REASONS behind Dragon Age Inquisition not launching

Knowing a few possible and common reasons behind dragon age inquisition won’t launch from origin would surely help you next time to understand and fix quickly.

Before proceeding makes sure you have no trouble with your Internet connection, if your Ethernet connection has no valid IP configuration this may also stop the game from launching. 


Background running Files & Services

Sometimes on windows, games, and apps get automatically closed or we close directly, maybe trying to restart.

In such cases, the game files still run in the background, and dragon age inquisition won’t launch until those files are closed from the task manager.          

There can be windows services or any third-party files which may prevent the game to be launched on Windows 10.


Admin Rights for Apps & Device

Many games and apps may not function or launch until and unless they are not opening up with administrative privileges.

Many Apps and games like dragon age inquisition won’t launch if you accessing with a windows standard account, you need an administrator account to run these games.


Game Compatibility with Windows

Games should be compatible with the device where you are trying to launch and play. Possibilities are few games that won’t be suited to windows compatibility structure.

Windows has this feature of compatibility, where any apps and games can be launched with the compatibility mode.


Missing or Corrupted Files

All Apps and Games have certain files to run on the device if any files go missing or get corrupted it may cause problems with your game like dragon age inquisition crash on start-up or won’t launch.                        


DirectX & Visual C++ Redistributable Conflict

Direct X and VC Redist are the important components of windows to run games on Windows devices.

Direct X is an important windows component to run any games or software directly with the video and audio hardware.

Visual C++ Redistributable also knows as VC Redist is another important component that allows using pre-developed code or offers a single installation for multiple apps.

If Direct X and VC Redist are conflicting with each other it may cause dragon age inquisition steam launching problems on windows.              


Full-screen Optimization        

Mostly games running in Full-screen mode provide better performance rendering everything.

But sometime it may cause conflict with windows elements and origin dragon age inquisition won’t launch until you switch to window mode.                     


How to FIX Dragon Age Inquisition not launching    

Here I am sharing 10 major FIX for dragon age inquisition won’t launch, but before starting with these fixes I would recommend you try.

  • Restarting your Game and PC
  • Check computer specification to make sure you have good graphic and feature that supports the game.


FIX 1:- Quit all background files and Services

Games and apps files and services or probably any third-party apps running in the background can cause to dragon age inquisition crash and won’t allow launching.

Close all files of dragon age and other unwanted apps from the task manager


Step 1:- Press CTRL + Shift + Esc key to open Task manager

Step 2:- From the “App” section close dragon age and all other apps that are currently not required.

close game from task manager
close game from task manager

Step 3:- Now scroll to “Background processes” and end all files and services of dragon age inquisition.

Step 4:- Restart your PC and check if this worked for you or not.



FIX 2:- Run Game and Device as an Administrator

There are few elements of the game that requires admin rights to proceed, possibly after the update.

Even there are many limitations with the windows standard account which can also be a cause.

Here you need to start dragon age inquisition as an administrator, and if you are not logged in as an administrator on your computer then switch to the administrator account.

You can run the game as administrator by making a right-click on the dragon age icon > run as administrator.

Run Game and Device as an Administrator
Run Game and Device as an Administrator


FIX 3:- Run in Compatibility Mode

As discussed above in the reason, many games and apps won’t work properly or won’t launch if they are having compatibility issues.

Windows has a feature to run any apps or games in the compatibility mode, follow the steps

Step 1:- Navigate to the Dragon age inquisition icon on the desktop, right-click on it, and choose properties.

Step 2:- From the properties box, click on the compatibility tab.

Step 3:- Click on “Run Compatibility Troubleshooter”, this will start detecting the problem and windows will find the recommended settings.

run compatibility troubleshooter for dragon age inquisition
run compatibility troubleshooter for dragon age inquisition

Step 4:- Click on “Try Recommended Settings” and then on “Test the program

Step 5:- Give permission and check if the game is working fine or not, click on next to proceed and save the settings.

compatibility try recommended settings
try recommended settings


FIX 4:- Repair Dragon Age Inquisition Origin

Possibly if any of the game files are corrupted due to any virus or any other reasons it may cause dragon age inquisition crashes on launch.


Please follow the steps below to verify and repair the game from the origin.

Step 1:- Open Origin Client on your computer and sign in with your credentials.

Step 2:- From the left-hand side of the origin screen find and click on “My Game Library”              

dragon age inquisition not launching
Repair dragon age inquisition


Step 3:- From the Game Library, look for Dragon Age Inquisition

Step 4:- Right-click on the Dragon Age icon and choose Repair Game.

dragon age inquisition not launching

Step 5:- Now the client will verify the game files to find missing or corrupted files and will automatically repair it.

Step 6:- Once done, restart the device to check whether the game is running now or not.



FIX 5:- Disable Full-screen Optimization

Disabling full-screen optimization can fix the issue, follow the below steps to disable full-screen optimization.


Step 1:- Locate the Dragon Age Inquisition icon the desktop, right-click on it, and choose properties.

Step 2:- From the properties box, click on the compatibility tab.

Step 3:- Now under the settings section, check the box that says “Disable fullscreen optimization”.

Step 4:- Check the box says Run this program as an Administrator”.

Disable fullscreen optimization
Disable fullscreen optimization

Step 5:- Click on Apply and Ok, restart the computer to see the changes.



FIX 6:- Check Windows Registry

If anyhow dragon age inquisition Exe files are corrupted or given the wrong value it won’t launch.

We need to make sure exe values are correct in the registry, as this may create problems for other games and programs as well.


Follow the steps

Step 1:- Type Regedit in the search box and click run as administrator.

Step 2:- Double click on “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to expand the folder

Step 3:- Scroll down to the bottom until you find the “.exe” folder, double click on it, and from the right-hand screen.

dragon age inquisition won't launch windows 10
dragon age inquisition won’t launch windows 10

Double click on Default and make sure the value data is exefiles

Step 4:- Now scroll down again to find the exefile folder, double click on it.

Step 5:- From the left-hand screen, double click on Default and change the value data to %1%. Once done click ok.

dragon age inquisition won't launch from origin
dragon age inquisition won’t launch from origin

Step 6:- Now come back to exefile folder again and double click on Shell and then on Open. From the left-hand screen double click on Default and change the value to “%1”%”



FIX 7:- Reinstall Direct X and VC Redist

Direct X and VC Redist installation files are already there in the setup folder of Dragon Age Inquisition.

Probably, as discussed above in the reasons they might conflict with each other or either one of them has not been installed.

We need to make sure whether Direct X and Visual C++ Redistributable are whether installed or not, if already installed we need to uninstall and reinstall it again.


Step 1: Locate to the following destination through the Windows File Explorer for (Direct X)

C: > Program Files (x86) > Origin Games > Dragon Age Inquisition > __Installer > direct > redist

Step 2:- Find and Run DXSetup.exe and replace the previous version


Step 3:- Now locate to the following destination from the windows files explorer (VC Redist)

C: > Program Files (x86) > Origin Games > Dragon Age Inquisition> __Installer > vc

Step 4:- Run all the executable of “VCRedist.exe” inside the folder and replace the previous one.

Step 5:- Restart the computer, once the installation is completed to apply the changes and restart the game to make this fixed dragon age inquisition not launching.                             


FIX 8:- Clear Cache of Dragon Age Inquisition

Once any game or programs are installed on the device, the cache folder also gets saved which saves many activities and history.

These caches are to load the content faster, but sometime it may cause an error like

  • Dragon Age Inquisition update gets stuck.
  • Dragon age inquisition won’t launch from the origin
  • Windows update get stuck


Follow the below steps to clear the cache

Step 1:- Completely close the game and all the files from the task manager.

Step 2:- Press Windows + R key to open the RUN box and type %ProgramData%/Origin and click OK.

origin cache
origin cache

Step 3:- Now delete all the folders inside the box except “Local Content

Step 4:- Press Windows + R key again and type %AppData% and click ok.

Step 5:- Find the Origin folder and delete it, once done restart the computer.



FIX 9:- Disable Antivirus & Temporarily

Antivirus installed on our computer is to protect our device from all kinds of viruses and infections.

Though it blocks every file and services which seem to be suspicious, chances are it may have blocked any game files.

You can try disabling the antivirus temporarily and restart the computer; if this fixes the issue you set an execution for the dragon age inquisition.


FIX 10:- Update Graphics driver

Graphics card plays an important role to boost your game performance and make it smoother. But it needs to be updated periodically to get the best graphics.

The game may create problems while launching if the graphic card is not updated. Follow the below steps to update.

Step 1:- Press Windows + R key to open RUN box, type devmgmt.msc and then on Ok.

Step 2:- From the device manager box, look for Display Adaptors and double click on it to expand.

update graphic drivers
update graphic drivers

Step 3:- Graphics card will now be displayed (Intel/AMD), right-click on it, and choose update drivers.

Step 4:- You will be displayed with two options, go with “Search automatically for updated driver software“.

search for driver automatically in windows
Search for the driver automatically in windows

Step 5: Complete the process and restart the computer.


FIX 11:- Reinstall Dragon Age Inquisition

I wish the above 10 fixes have may resolve your problem, if not what finally you can do is reinstall the game.

You need to first uninstall the game and its files completely from the device and then reinstall it.


Follow the steps

Step 1:- Uninstall the game completely using Revo uninstaller which will completely uninstall the game from the registry as well.

Make sure you take the backup

Step 2:- Restart the computer and install the game again.



Minimum PC Requirement for playing Dragon Age Inquisition         

Dragon Age Inquisition is a well-tuned game that supports 4k resolution and needs good hardware for the best performance.

Do not forget to check the minimum requirement for this game, though even on the minimum requirement it may not work properly and may cause trouble with dragon age inquisition while launching.    

Minimum Requirement
OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit

CPU: AMD quad-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 2.0 GHz System


Graphics CARD: AMD Radeon HD 4870, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

Graphics Memory: 512 MB

Hard Drive: 26 GB

DirectX 10



OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit

CPU: AMD six core CPU @ 3.2 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 3.0 GHz System


Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660

Graphics Memory: 3 GB

Hard Drive: 26 GB

DirectX 11


How to check System Requirement in Windows

Step 1:- Press Windows + R key to open the RUN box, type DxDiag, and then click on ok.

Step 2:- This will open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Step 3:- You will find the system details here, click on the next page to check the graphic details



Playing games without any interruption would be the best part every game lover wants, but as you learned how to fix dragon age inquisition not launching this will also help to fix many other problems as well.  

Perform every fix carefully and properly to fix the issue.

Please let me know which method worked for you, as this will help other users to know the best working methods.

If the problem still persists contact the technical support of Dragon Age.

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