How to Fix “Minecraft for Windows Incompatible with Launcher” Error

Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready to explore Minecraft only to find an error that prevents you from opening the game. One such error that players may find themselves facing is the “Minecraft for Windows incompatible with the launcher.

If you come across the “Minecraft for Windows incompatible with launcher error”, there are some possible reasons and some possible fixes to try. Here’s a full breakdown of how you can resolve this error so you can get back to playing the game as soon as possible. These fixes are in order of how players should try them.

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Close the Minecraft Launcher via task manager

The first method to try is to open Task Manager and completely close the application to see if it’s just a one-time error that isn’t supposed to be there. To do this, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc to open Task Manager. look for it Minecraft Launcher, which should be at the very top, and click on it. Next, click on the “End task” button located in the lower right corner. Finally, try to reopen the Minecraft Launcher to check if the issue is resolved.

Update the Minecraft Launcher

Mojang recently released a new version of the Minecraft Launcher. This means that players might see this error because their version is outdated. So, players who encounter this error should try updating their Minecraft Launcher. If your launcher needs updating, there should be an on-screen button telling you to update as soon as you open the launcher.

If you don’t see an update button, you may be on the old launcher or there is a problem preventing the launcher from telling you that you need an update. Players can download the updated version of the launcher here. This version allows players to play Minecraft, Minecraft: Java Editionand Minecraft Dungeons all from the same launcher.

Many players who encounter this error may see it because they are trying to play Minecraft for Windows on the incorrect launcher. But downloading the newly updated version should fix this issue and allow players to play any of the three versions of Minecraft from the same launcher.

Delete and reinstall the Minecraft Launcher

The last method players can try is to remove and reinstall the Minecraft Launcher. This may take a while, but should fix the problem if none of the previous methods work.

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Players who are still having issues after trying all of these methods can report their exact issue to Mojang on the Minecraft Launcher by clicking Settings, About, and then Report Launcher Bug. There is also a frequently asked questions section on the official website Minecraft page that answers all questions about switching to a new Minecraft Launcher.