Street Fighter 5 Not Launching? Here are 10 Easy Solutions

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When it comes to fighting games, the Street Fighter series is unrivaled. It has remained at the top of the genre for decades.

However, according to many users, Street Fighter 5 is prone to crashing on Steam or not launching. The bad news is that the developers have not directly addressed the issues.

When Steam launches, it usually displays an error dialogue box, and the game crashes on the desktop. In other words, no matter how many times you press the “Play” button, Steam will not launch Street Fighter 5. It is frequently a problem for Windows 10 users.

Causes of Not Launching

It appears to be a serious problem, but it isn’t unless you’re experiencing widespread errors on your PC. There are no critical reasons for Street Fighter 5 not to launch. Instead, consider the following reasons:

  • The game was blocked by your firewall.
  • A third-party program is preventing your game from starting.
  • An antivirus program prevents your game from starting. The error could be caused by a Windows Defender or Avast antivirus update, but it could also be caused by other antivirus software.
  • To play on Steam, you’re using port forwarding.
  • You are missing or have a corrupted DLL file.
  • You are missing a game file or a game file has become corrupted.
  • Intel System Usage and Intel Driver Support services are incompatible with the game’s “.exe” file. A few Intel processors have problems with Street Fighter 5, but they can be fixed by stopping the Intel services.
  • The drivers for your GPU are out of date.

How to Fix

The majority of these issues have been around for years, and there are no official solutions. It means you’ll have to work around your Windows PC to solve the problem on your own.

Having said that, we’re going from the most likely to the least likely cause. Please try our fixes one at a time until you solve the problem.

Finally, because Windows 10 is the most popular operating system, our solutions are designed for it. Other Windows versions have similar steps, so if this is the case for you, you can still follow them.

Activate Street Fighter 5 on Your Firewall

Windows Firewall

The first solution is to add Street Fighter 5 as an exception to your Windows Firewall. Here is the procedure you must follow:

  1. In the search bar, type “firewall.”
  2. Open Firewall and network security
  3. Select Allow an app through the firewall.
  4. Click on Change Settings
  5. Search for the app on the list, and check its box

If you’re not familiar, the Windows Firewall protects your computer’s network communications. By default, it may determine that Street Fighter 5 is unsafe and will shut it down whenever you attempt to open it.

Add Street Fighter 5 to the Antivirus exceptions list

Similarly, you must add the game to your antivirus as an exception. Although each software is unique, the process is similar in most antivirus programs.

Our instructions apply to Windows Defender. If you use a different antivirus, look for similar options:

  • In the search bar, type Windows Security.
  • Launch Windows Security.
  • Choose Virus & Threat Protection.
  • On the right panel, select Manage settings.
  • Scroll down to Exclusions and click the Add or remove exclusion button.
  • Select + Add an exclusion.
  • Choose Folder
  • Add your Street Fighter 5 folder to Steam by searching for it.

If you’ve never moved the Steam library folder, it should look like this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common

The folders for each game installed on your Steam library would be found within the “common” folder.

If you’ve relocated the library, it should now look like this:

(Custom Folder): (Storage Drive)

(Storage Drive):\(Custom Folder)\Steam library\steamapps\common

In other words, the game would be stored in a Steam Library folder rather than the original Steam folder.

Turn off Intel’s Background Services

Close two tasks in the Task Manager to return Street Fighter 5 to normal. These are the Intel Driver Support and Intel System Usage processes.

They are the cause of the crashing if they are running in the background while you are playing.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Type Task Manager on your search bar
  2. Open the Task Manager
  3. Search for the processes in the Processes tab
  4. Right-click if you find them, and choose End Task

After you finish, try launching Street Fighter 5, and see if it’s working. Remember, the apps you have to end are:

  • Intel Driver Support
  • Intel System Usage

Verify Steam Game Files

The game-specific solutions for Street Fighter 5 not launching on Windows PC have already been shared. Now it’s time to discuss more general solutions, the kind of issues you might encounter in any other game.

So, first and foremost, we recommend that you verify the system files via Steam. It will check the file integrity and download or re-install anything that is missing or corrupted.

  1. Open Steam
  2. Go to the Library Tab
  3. Right-click on a Game, and select properties
  4. Select the Local Files tab at the left
  5. Click on Verify integrity of game files on the right

Be patient as the process may take some time.

Alternatively, your game may be stuck on “Ready to launch,” but it shows a process. Wait for the timer to finish, as it is performing a similar function.

Fix Your DLL Library

Corrupted or missing DLL files are another common error in Steam games. These dynamic library archives can be shared by many games and apps, but they can be damaged.

Windows includes a built-in function for repairing the library by copying cached files. The function runs a comprehensive system scan to repair multiple components on your computer.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Type the Command Prompt on the search bar
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator
  3. Type, sfc /scannow
  4. Press Enter
  5. Wait for the process to finish

If the scanning found and repaired integrity errors, you can try Street Fighter 5 again. Otherwise, move on to the next solution.

Examine Your Storage Drive

The next option is to scan your hard disk for problems. But, as previously stated, it may not be an option if you are not having issues with other apps or games.

In any case, here are the steps:

  1. Go to This Computer
  2. Right-click the storage drive where you installed Street Fighter 5 and select Properties.
  3. Select Properties
  4. Go to the Tools menu.
  5. Check the box

If Windows discovered errors, you can presume you resolved the problem. Otherwise, let’s go on to the next solution.

Drivers for your GPU need be updated

Problematic games can crash easily if your graphic card’s drivers are frequently out of date.

Regardless of the GPU brand, here’s how to update the drivers:

  • In the search bar, type Device Management.
  • In the search bar, type Device Management.
  • Launch Device Management.
  • Display Adapters should be expanded.
  • Look for your specialized graphics card (either an Nvidia or an AMD card)
  • Right-click the card and choose Update driver.
  • Select Search Automatically for drivers
  • Wait for the process to finish

If your PC updates the GPU drives, be sure to restart the PC and try launching Street Fighter 5 again.

Examine CPU Usage

Street Fighter 5 not launching on Steam could be a sign of an overworked CPU. If your PC uses more than 80% of its power when opening the game, the software may crash.

Thus, after you launch the game, hit the “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC” keys simultaneously to launch the Task Manager. Then, look at the CPU tab to see how much it is being used.

If your CPU consumption is excessive, try shutting all third-party apps that you aren’t using. Your browser is included in this.

Do a Windows 10 Clean Boot

There is a Windows application that can boot your computer without any unwanted software. It may assist you in starting Street Fighter 5 without any conflicting programs.

To conduct a clean boot on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  • Hit the Windows + R keys together.
  • In the Run dialog box, type msconfig.
  • Go to the Services section.
  • Check Turn off all Microsoft services.
  • Choose Disable all. It turns off all non-Microsoft services.

Now, restart the console, and try booting Street Fighter 5 again.

As Administrator, launch Street Fighter 5

Finally, you can try running Street Fighter 5V as administrator to avoid many of the game’s launching issues.

The steps are as follows:

  • Enter Steam into your search bar.
  • Right-click the Steam icon and select Properties.
  • Choose Run as administrator.
  • Go to the Library section of Steam.
  • Right-click Street Fighter 5
  • Choose Manage.
  • Click on Browse local files
  • Search for the game’s “.exe” file
  • Right-click the file and select Properties
  • Go to the Compatibility tab
  • Check the Run this program as administrator box

We hope we were able to fix your Street Fighter 5 not launching together. If all else fails, uninstall Steam, and install it again.


What should I do if Street Fighter 5 is not launching on Steam?

Street Fighter 5 is not launching on Steam

If Street Fighter 5 is not launching on Steam, you can try adding the game as an exception to your Windows Firewall, adding the game to your antivirus exceptions list, turning off Intel’s background services, verifying Steam game files, fixing DLL library, examining your storage drive, updating GPU drivers, checking CPU usage, doing a clean boot on Windows 10, or launching the game as administrator.

How do I add Street Fighter 5 as an exception to Windows Firewall?

To add Street Fighter 5 as an exception to your Windows Firewall, go to the search bar and type “firewall.” Open “Firewall and network security,” select “Allow an app through the firewall,” click on “Change Settings,” search for the app on the list, and check its box.

How do I add Street Fighter 5 to the antivirus exceptions list?

To add Street Fighter 5 to your antivirus as an exception, go to the search bar and type “Windows Security.” Launch Windows Security, choose “Virus & Threat Protection,” on the right panel, select “Manage settings,” scroll down to “Exclusions,” click the “Add or remove exclusion” button, select “+ Add an exclusion,” choose “Folder,” and add your Street Fighter 5 folder to Steam by searching for it.

How do I turn off Intel’s background services?

To turn off Intel’s background services, type “Task Manager” on your search bar, open the Task Manager, search for the processes in the Processes tab, right-click if you find them, and choose “End Task.”

How do I verify Steam game files?

To verify Steam game files, open Steam, go to the Library Tab, right-click on a game, and select properties. Select the Local Files tab on the left, and click on “Verify integrity of game files” on the right.

What should I do if my DLL library is corrupted?

If your DLL library is corrupted, you can type “Command Prompt” on the search bar, right-click Command Prompt and choose “Run as administrator,” type “sfc /scannow,” and press Enter. Wait for the process to finish.

How do I update the drivers for my GPU?

To update the drivers for your GPU, go to the search bar and type “Device Management.” Launch Device Management, expand Display Adapters, look for your specialized graphics card (either an Nvidia or an AMD card), right-click the card, and choose Update driver. Select “Search Automatically for drivers” and wait for the process to finish.

What should I do if my CPU usage is excessive?

If your CPU usage is excessive, try shutting all third-party apps that you aren’t using, including your browser.


Street Fighter 5 may be a popular and entertaining game, it is not immune to technical issues that can prevent it from launching or cause it to crash.

Fortunately, there are several potential solutions available to address these issues, from adding the game as an exception to your firewall or antivirus software to updating your GPU drivers and examining your CPU usage.

By following the steps outlined in this guide, we hope you can resolve any problems you may be experiencing with Street Fighter 5 and get back to enjoying this iconic fighting game.

Remember, if all else fails, uninstalling and reinstalling Steam may be a last resort that could help resolve any persistent issues.

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