4 Basic Solutions of ‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands won’t Launch’ Error

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a great tactical shooter developed and published by Ubisoft. It features both a singleplayer campaign and several multiplayer modes. Many users have reported having problems where the game simply won’t launch at all. There is no error code to check out not does the game provide any further info regarding the problem.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands won’t Launch Issue on Windows?
Ghost Recon: Wildlands won’t Launch Issue on Windows? Fix

Many players were able to figure out their own methods they used to resolve the problem and they have mostly been successful. We have gathered them all in a single article so check it out below!

What Causes Ghost Recon: Wildlands to Fail to Launch on Windows?

There aren’t many known causes of this problem and most troubleshooting methods rely on fixing the Uplay client by resetting or reinstalling it. Still, it’s possible to form a shortlist where you can try to locate your scenario and act accordingly. Check it out below:

  • Uplay cache problems – If the Uplay cache folder has gotten too big or if it contains some corrupt files, you should definitely consider deleting everything inside in order to resolve the problem.
  • Easy AntiCheat is not installed properly – The game won’t launch if EAC isn’t installed properly. You can reinitiate the installation of EAC simply by locating the installation file and running it.
  • Windows is not updated – Windows updates are released to target specific flaws and problems so make sure you update it to the latest version.

Solution 1: Delete Uplay Cache

Deleting the Uplay cache can be one of the easiest ways to resolve this problem. Sometimes these files are not deleted even when the game has been uninstalled so it’s up to you to delete the contents of this folder in order to repair the Uplay client and run the game successfully.

First of all, you will need to close the Uplay app and kill all the processes related to it.

  1. Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination in order to launch the Task Manager. On the other hand, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination to open a menu select Task Manager from the blue full screen which will open.
Running Task Manager
  1. Click on More details in order to expand Task Manager and search for all Uplay-related entries displayed on the list in the Processes tab of Task Manager. They should be located right under Background processes. Click on each one and choose End Task at the bottom of the window.

After that, it’s time to delete the cache inside the Ubisoft Game Launcher folder in the installation folder.

  1. Locate the Ubisoft Game Launcher’s installation folder manually by right-clicking its shortcut on Desktop or anywhere else and choosing Open file location option from the menu. The default location which is set during the installation is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\cache
Uplay’s cache folder
  1. Open the cache folder, use the Ctrl + A key combination in order to select everything inside, right-click on one of the files, and choose the Delete option from the context menu in order to clear the cache.
  2. Check to see if Ghost Recon: Wildlands opens properly from now on.

Solution 2: Install EAC

Sometimes this error appears if users haven’t installed Easy AntiCheat properly. It’s a service designed to prevent user-installed add-ons which serve to provide an unfair advantage to players. Make sure you follow the instructions available below in order to properly install this feature and play the game without obstructions.

  1. Open your Steam PC client by double-clicking its shortcut on the Desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu after clicking the Start menu button or the Search (Cortana) button.
Opening Steam from the Start menu
  1. After the Steam window opens, navigate to the Library tab in the Steam window at the menu located at the top of the window, and locate the Ghost Recon: Wildlands entry in the list.
  2. Right-click the game’s icon in the library and choose the Properties button from the context menu which will open and make sure you navigate to the Local Files tab in the Properties window straight away and click the Browse Local Files.
Browse Local Files in Steam
  1. You can also search for the game’s main executable as well by clicking the Start menu button or the search button next to it and typing Rust. Anyway, right-click on the executable and choose the Open file location option from the context menu which will appear.
  2. Locate the EasyAntiCheat folder and double-click in order to open it. Try locating a file named ‘EasyAntiCheat_setup.exe’ (or similar), right-click on it, and choose the Run as Administrator option from the context menu.
Running the EAC installation
  1. Follow the instructions which will appear on-screen in order to install EAC properly. After that process is over, try launching the game and check if it opens properly.

Solution 3: Update Windows to the Latest Version

The latest versions of Windows 10 seem to have resolved this problem for good as long as it wasn’t caused by third-party programs. Updating your operating system to the latest version is always helpful when it comes to dealing with similar errors and users have reported that the game actually managed to open properly right after the latest version of Windows was installed.

  1. Use the Windows Key + I key combination in order to open Settings on your Windows PC. Alternatively, you can search for “Settings” by using the search bar located at the taskbar or click the cog icon at the bottom left part of the Start menu.
Settings in Start Menu
  1. Locate and open the “Update & security” section in the Settings Stay in the Windows Update tab and click on the Check for updates button under the Update status in order to check whether there is a new version of Windows available.
Checking for updates on Windows 10
  1. If there is one, Windows should install the update immediately and you will be prompted to restart your computer afterward.

Solution 4: Reinstall Uplay

This is one of the easiest methods but we have decided to save it for the end as the methods above prove to keep all your personal files and settings intact. Reinstalling Uplay is an easy method but make sure you follow the instructions properly as none of your Ubisoft games will work unless you install it properly.

  1. First of all, make sure you are logged in with an administrator account as you won’t be able to delete programs using any other account.
  2. Make sure you open the Start menu and try to open the Control Panel by searching for it. Alternatively, you can click the cog icon in order to open Settings if you are using Windows 10.
Settings in Start Menu
  1. In Control Panel, select to View as: Category at the top right corner and click on Uninstall a Program under the Programs section.
  2. If you are using the Settings app, clicking on Apps should immediately open a list of all installed programs on your PC.
  3. Locate Uplay in Control Panel or Settings and click on Uninstall/Repair.
  4. Its uninstall wizard should open with several options. Make sure you choose to uninstall it.
Uninstalling Uplay in Control Panel
  1. A message will pop up asking you to confirm the process. Uplay will most likely be restarted with the default settings which worked before the error started to occur.
  2. Click Finish when the uninstalled completes the process and restart your computer to see whether your game now opens properly.

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