Fix: There was a Problem Patching League of Legends Loop

Players of League of Legends came across a surprising bug where the game went into a patching loop not so long ago. Upon opening the game, users got an ‘update’ message which further redirected towards patching the game. After patching the game, when the game restarted, the ‘update’ message came again. This situation continued indefinitely.

There was a problem patching League of Legends Loop on Windows 10
There was a problem patching League of Legends Loop

League of Legend engineers officially acknowledged the anomaly and released an official update to fix the issue. Even though the update was released, there were several downtimes with the players not able to access the game. This scenario continued even some while after the update was released.

What causes the ‘League of Legends’ patching loop?

According to user reports and our investigation of the matter, there were several causes which brought about this situation. The reasons are but not limited to:

  • The game going into an error state. The patch installed doesn’t get registered properly into the game’s directory which causes the game to patch again and again.
  • The game is having issues connecting to the DNS server. Even games require DNS services in order to establish a connection.
  • The launcher is either incomplete or corrupt. This can happen in a number of cases to quite different games.

Before we start with the solutions, make sure that you have an active internet connection and have administrator privileges on your computer.

Solution 1: Updating League of Legends

Since the software developers already took notice of this anomaly, they released subsequent updates to fix the issue at hand. So if you are holding back or not installing the latest updates, we suggest that you do so immediately.

Updating League of Legends
Updating League of Legends

Just open the game and when you are prompted to install the update, do so. The game will automatically download the patch and after installing, restart the game. Make sure that you launch the LoL launcher with administrator privileges.

Solution 2: Changing to Google’s DNS

League of Legends, like all other games, also makes use of DNS servers in order to establish and maintain a connection with its servers and other third-party services. If your DNS server is not working or is unreachable, it may cause the patching loop. We can make use of Google’s DNS and see if this fixes our problem.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “control panel” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  2. Once in the control panel, click on the sub-heading “Network and Internet”.
Network and Internet settings - Control panel on Windows 10
Network and Internet settings – Control panel
  1. Select “Network and Sharing Center” from the next window you are navigated to.
Network and sharing center - Internet settings on Windows 10
Network and sharing center – Internet settings
  1. Here you will find the network to which you are connected to. Click on the network present in form of “Connections” as shown in the screenshot below.
Selecting your connection
Selecting your connection – Network settings
  1. Now click on “Properties” present at the near bottom of the small window which pops up.
Properties of the connection
Properties of the connection
  1. Double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” so we can change the DNS server.
Accessing IPv4 settings of the connection
Accessing IPv4 settings
  1. Click on “Use the following DNS server addresses:” so the dialogue boxes below become editable. Now set the values as following:

Preferred DNS server:

Alternate DNS server:

Setting Google's DNS
Setting Google’s DNS
  1. Press OK to save changes and exit. Now restart your computer and see if this solved your problem.

Solution 3: Disabling in-game overlays

In-game overlays are features by different software which allows users to access certain parts of their functionality without having to alt-tab out of the game. This makes it easier for gamers to access different functionalities. Software which accompanies games such as NVIDIA GeForce experience or Discord provide in-game overlays.

It seems that these overlays are one of the causes in disrupting the patching process. Hence you should try disabling them and then try patching LoL again. Here we have shown how to disable the overlay of Discord. You can follow similar steps for other software as well who has in-game overlay enabled.

  1. Launch Discord and open its User Settings. Now select the option Overlay from the left navigation tab and uncheck the option Enable in-game overlay.
Disabling in-game overlay - Discord on Windows 10
Disabling in-game overlay – Discord
  1. Restart your computer completely so changes are implemented and try patching League of Legends again.

Some other tips which you can try in order to solve the patching error are:

  • Running the League of Legends launcher as an administrator.
  • When the client states ‘We have restored….’ on the initial error message, instead of pressing okay, press Alt + F4. Now launch the game again.
  • End all tasks (type taskmgr after pressing Windows + R) of League of Legends and launch the launcher again using administrator privileges.

Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.
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