Roblox is the ultimate online universe where you can play mini-games made by users, enjoy their universes, and create your world for others to enjoy. It’s a great cross-platform idea but many users complain about Roblox not installing properly on Windows at all.
Roblox installation is very simple but users claim that it often crashes midway through or it ‘finishes’ but Roblox still can’t run and it’s not recognized as installed. Either way, We have prepared several working methods for you to check and we hope you will be able to resolve your problem!
What Causes Roblox to Fail to Install on Windows?
Pinpointing many direct causes to this specific problem is difficult and most troubleshooting methods come down to performing certain workaround which causes the installation to work properly and the problem is dealt with. However, it’s possible to take note of the most common cause which should be taken care of.
The main installer executable is often prevented from running properly by the antivirus tool you have installed on your computer or directly by Windows Defender Firewall. You should consider adding the launcher as an exception in both the antivirus and the firewall before trying again. Also, providing administrator access seems to do the trick!
Solution 1: Disable Your Antivirus
Sometimes the Roblox installer has problems gaining enough permission on your computer to access certain files needed for the installation to go through. This often means that your antivirus program is blocking the tool!
Disabling the antivirus is a process which greatly differs from one antivirus tool to another but everyone should disable Windows Defender for the installation to succeed so follow the steps below to do so!
Still, most of them can be disabled by right-clicking their entry in the system tray (lower right part of your screen) and choosing the Disable option.
- However, if you are a Windows 10 user, you should disable Windows Defender if you don’t have any other antivirus installed. Right-click the shield icon in your system tray and click on View Security Dashboard.
- If you don’t see the icon, you can open the Settings app by clicking the Start menu button and clicking the gear icon just above the Start menu button.
- Click to select the Update & Security section and navigate to the Windows Security From the top of the window, click the Open Windows Defender Security Center option.
- When Windows Defender Security Center opens, click on the shield icon below the home icon, open Virus & threat protection settings and turn off Real-time protection and Cloud-based protection to disable Defender.
- Navigate to the browser icon (second from the of the right-side menu) and turn off the Check apps and files option.
- This will disable Defender while you install Roblox. Don’t forget to revert the changes you have made during these steps as this leaves your computer unprotected.
Solution 2: Delete the Roblox Folder in AppData
Deleting this folder in AppData will reset the installation progress and enable to properly install or update Roblox on your computer. The first two methods worked for the majority of online users and we hope you will follow the instructions carefully to carry them out!
- Navigate to the following location on your computer by opening the Windows Explorer and clicking on This PC:
- If you are unable to see the AppData folder, you may need to turn on the option which enables you to view hidden files and folders. Click on the “View” tab on File Explorer’s menu and click on the “Hidden items” checkbox in the Show/hide section. File Explorer will show the hidden files and will remember this option until you change it again.
- Delete all files and folders in the Local folder with Roblox in its name. If you receive a message saying that some files couldn’t have been deleted because they were in use, make sure you end all Roblox-related processes in Task Manager. You can also simply move the files and folders somewhere else for safekeeping! Check to see if Roblox is now able to install properly.
Solution 3: Allow Roblox in Windows Defender Firewall
Allowing the Roblox installation file through your firewall is a great method suggested by many users. It appears that the installer lacks permissions to connect to the Internet and download additional data and the installation is, in result, interrupted before it can reach the end. Follow the steps below to allow the Roblox installation file through Windows Defender Firewall!
- Open up Control Panel by searching for the utility in the Start button or by clicking the Search button or the Cortana button at the left part of your taskbar (bottom left part of your screen).
- After Control Panel opens, change the view to Large or Small icons and navigate to the bottom to open the Windows Defender Firewall
- Click on Windows Defender Firewall and click on the Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall option from the left side list of options. A list of available apps should open. Navigate to where you downloaded Roblox (C:\Users\YourUserName\Downloads by default) and choose the Roblox installation file.
- Click OK and restart your computer before checking whether Roblox now installs without problems!
Solution 4: Run the RobloxPlayerLauncher as an Administrator
Providing administrator permissions to the RobloxPlayerLauncher file is a simple yet effective method used to resolve this problem and it has helped many users deal with this problem. Providing admin access can resolve some ownership and permissions issue which may be preventing the installation from completing. Follow the steps below to provide administrator permissions to the RobloxPlayerLauncher.exe file!
- Navigate to the location where the RobloxPlayerLauncher is located. The default location is C:\Users\YourUserName\Downloads.
- Locate the exe file and change its properties by right-clicking its entry either and choosing Properties. Navigate to the Compatibility tab in the Properties window and check the box next to the Run this program as an administrator.
- Under the Compatibility mode section, uncheck the box next to the Run this program in compatibility mode for option if it was checked before accepting the changes.
- Make sure you confirm any dialogs which may appear for you to confirm with admin privileges and the launcher should launch with admin privileges from now on. Open it by double-clicking its icon and try to see if installs successfully.