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By Gabriele Asaro
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How to Fix CS2 Not Launching: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you're struggling with CS2 not launching, don't worry. I've been there, and I've found many solutions that might help.

Here's what I do when CS2 won't start:

First, I run Steam as an administrator. Sometimes, it's just a permissions issue.

If that doesn't work, I verify the game's integrity. I right-click on CS2 in my Steam library, go to Properties, then Local Files, and click "Verify integrity of game files."

When all else fails, I delete the CS2 folder in my Steam directory and verify the game files again. This gets me a fresh set of files.

I also try adding launch options. I right-click CS2 in Steam, go to Properties, and set launch options. Adding "-autoconfig" or "-windowed" sometimes does the trick.

Next, I check my antivirus and firewall settings. They might be blocking the game.

Updating my video drivers often solves the problem. I make sure I have the latest version installed.

I also check for any Windows updates. An outdated OS can cause issues.

If I'm still stuck, I try running the game in compatibility mode with my Windows version.

For NVIDIA users, I've found that disabling certain camera settings can help. I use these commands in PowerShell:

  • dir "$env:systemroot\system32\driverstore\filerepository\*NvCameraEnable.exe" -rec |% {& "$_" off}
  • dir "$env:programfiles\nvidia corporation\*NvCameraEnable.exe" -rec |% {& "$_" off}

These turn off some settings from the 'NvCameraEnable' application, which can sometimes cause errors.

By applying these fixes you should have no more problems and CS2 will launch.

Gabriele AsaroAbout the author

Gabriele Asaro
Gabriele Asaro

I'm the Head of Research at Clash.gg. With over 7 years of experience in the Counter-Strike niche, I have developed extensive knowledge of the game, its strategies, and the competitive scene. My insights are based on years of in-depth analysis and close involvement with the Counter-Strike community.