How to Fix An Error Occurred Starting Vegas Pro?

Vegas Pro is one of the most renowned video editing software out there. It was first developed by Sony and now is owned by MAGIX company. The suite comes up with a large set of features that are needed for modern era editing. Also, more and more features are slowly being introduced in the newer versions of the software. Unfortunately, there are some errors with the application that will keep you at bay and prevent you from utilizing it. One of them is the error code -59 which states “An error occurred starting VEGAS Pro. There is no license to use this software.”.

An Error Occurred Starting Vegas Pro

This error message can pop up due to several reasons which include your internet connection, hardware change or sometimes an incomplete installation. Nonetheless, the solutions for it are quite easy and you will find them down below. However, before that, let us talk about the causes of the error message in more detail.

What causes the ‘An Error Occurred Starting Vegas Pro’ Error Message?

The error message usually appears when you launch the software. It can be due to the following factors —

  • Internet Connection: The error message can pop up if you are disconnected or your ethernet cable is unplugged. If you are using a trial version of the software or not, you must be connected before launching Vegas Pro.
  • Hardware Change: Sometimes, the error message can be triggered by a recent hardware change or a BIOS reset/update. In such a case, you will have to deactivate the software to your computer and then activate it again using your serial key.
  • Incomplete Installation: Another cause of the error message can be an incomplete installation. The software might not be able to access all the components it is supposed to. Thus, throwing the said error message.

Now to solve the issue, you will have to implement the solutions given down below one by one. One of them will surely fix your issue. Let’s begin.

Solution 1: Check your Internet Connection

Before you decide to uninstall the software and install it all over again, make sure you are connected to the internet. Trial versions or not, an internet connection is needed to launch the application. If your computer is connected to the internet, jump to the next solution. If not, double-check your ethernet cable. You can also give the adapter options a look to see if it is disabled from there.

Once resolved, try launching Vegas Pro again.

Solution 2: Activate Vegas Pro Again

In some scenarios, you will have to deactivate the software and then activate it again using your serial key. This usually happens if you have had a recent hardware change or if an update or a reset to the BIOS has been put forth. Follow the given steps to resolve the issue:

  1. First of all, login to your MAGIX account using a web browser.
  2. Go to My Products, find the version of Vegas Pro you are using and then click Show more details.
    MAGIX Account Details
  3. Scroll down to the activations and deactivate it for the computer that you are facing the issue on.
  4. Afterward, uninstall the software from your system.
  5. Download it again from the Activations tab in your browser.
  6. Install the software once downloaded, insert your activation key again.
  7. See if the issue persists.

Solution 3: Reinstall Vegas Pro

If you are using a trial version of the software and facing this issue, it can be due to an incomplete installation. In such a case, you will have to fully uninstall Vegas Pro from your system and then try installing it again. Furthermore, if you are using the Steam version of the software and facing this issue, you can follow the given steps to resolve the issue.

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open up the Run dialog box.
  2. Type in regedit and hit Enter.
  3. Make your way to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Sony Creative Software.
  4. Delete all the Vegas Pro entries.
  5. Afterward, open up the File Explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\SteamApps/common (if you have installed it in a different Steam library folder, make your way there).
  6. Delete the Vegas Pro folder from there.
    Vegas Pro Folder
  7. Download the software again and install it.

Note: If it doesn’t let you delete the entries, you might have to uninstall the software using Steam first and then follow the steps. If you uninstall it first, the Vegas Pro folder in the common directory may not be there, but double-checking does no wrong, does it?


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