How to Fix Minecraft “Waiting on Install” in 7 Easy Ways [2024]

Key Takeaways
  • The "Minecraft Waiting on Install" error prevents Minecraft from launching after installation or updates on Windows, affecting both Java and Bedrock Editions.
  • Issues may arise from the Minecraft Launcher, Windows glitches, Xbox app malfunctions, mods interference, outdated Windows, Microsoft Store conflicts, or corrupted game files.
  • Restarting the launcher and Windows, updating or stopping Windows updates, closing Xbox app services via Task Manager, removing mods, managing updates in Microsoft Store, and reinstalling Minecraft if files are corrupted.

Everyone’s played Minecraft at least once in their life now. Whether it’s goofing off with friends, or just enjoying the cozy retro vibes, Minecraft is the one game that everyone has the itch to try out or return to after a long break. It is the highest-selling game of all time and a household name when it comes to games. It is also available on every platform and affordable too.

Like every other game, Minecraft has its fair share of issues too. Mojang Studios, the team behind Minecraft, continues to update it to keep it fresh and innovative, but like any other update, it’s only natural that some bugs or glitches appear.

But some errors may be encountered depending on the platform you’re using. One such error is the “Waiting on Install” error, which is frequently encountered by players trying to install Minecraft through the Xbox app on Windows PCs. Let’s take a look at why this might problem occur and the potential solutions.

The Minecraft “Waiting on Install” error has been a problem for years

What is the “Minecraft Waiting on Install” Error?

The “Minecraft Waiting on Install” error is a bug encountered by gamers looking to install Minecraft on their Windows PCs after installing it through the Xbox app. The issue arises when trying to install the Bedrock version of Minecraft or when an update is initiated for either Java or Bedrock versions of the game through the Minecraft Launcher. This bug is very irritating; it doesn’t allow you to play the game at all.

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How to Fix Minecraft Waiting on Install Error

Here are a few possible reasons, along with their solutions, as to why this error might occur:

Case 1: There’s a problem with the launcher

The Minecraft Launcher is notorious for being glitchy and being a bit of pain to deal with. Try restarting it, or if you’re fed up of it try using a third-party launcher like Prism Launcher.

Prism Launcher is fully open-source and comes with tons of extra features

Case 2: A glitch in Windows won’t let Minecraft be installed

Windows can also be sometimes at fault. A good old restart can do wonders and there’s no harm in restarting in this case too.

Case 3: The Xbox app is not functioning properly

The Xbox app services, along with a few other services, can interfere with Minecraft’s installation. Use the Task Manager to put an end to the Xbox process. Try closing the Minecraft Launcher from there too while you’re at it. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open up the Task Manager by rightclicking on the Taskbar or using the classic Ctrl+Alt+Del key combo. 
  2. Next, close the Xbox app process here. You can close the Minecraft Launcher process while you’re at it too.
    Close the Xbox app process
  3. Now, head on over to the Services tab.
    Navigate to the “Services” tab
  4. Look for a service named “ClipSVC”Rightclick on it and click on Restart. If it’s not running, choose Start.

    Search for the “ClipSVC” service and restart it
  5. Restart the PC and try launching Minecraft again.

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Case 4: Mods are causing issues

If you’ve installed any mods, it is possible that they are interfering the update/installation files. Therefore, we recommend removing them and applying them when the game/update has finished installing properly.

Case 5: Your Windows is not up-to-date

In some cases, it’s been reported that updating your Windows, or stopping an ongoing update download fixed the issue altogether. Here’s how to check and stop any updates for Windows:

  1. Open up your Settings. No matter what Windows version you’re using you can use the Search function to access the settings.
    Access the Settings using the “Search” function
  2. In Settings, use the search bar to search for the updates section and click on the Check for updates option.
    Choose the “Check for updates option”
  3. Let Windows check for any major updates. If updates are pending, patiently wait for them to install. However, if the only pending updates are of an optional nature, you can cancel them.
    See if any updates are pending

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Case 6: The Microsoft Store is causing issues

According to most players, this was the culprit. To prevent Microsoft Store from interfering with Minecraft, follow these steps:

  1. First, open up the Microsoft Store and navigate to the Updates menu.
    Open up the “Updates” section
  2. When the Updates menu finishes loading up, check whether Minecraft is on the list of apps being updated.
    Check to see whether Minecraft is being updated
  3. If Minecraft is being updated, then cancel it using the stop button next to the app.
    Stop the Minecraft update if it is being downloaded or installing

Case 7: The game files have become corrupted

Your game files have become corrupted because of overlapping update files. If nothing above works, this might be the issue here, and unfortunately that means uninstalling and reinstalling the game. If possible, try to take a backup of your worlds and mods.

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In case of the worst-case scenario, make sure to keep a backup of your worlds and mods. Nevertheless, this is a problem that has been encountered for several years primarily because of the Minecraft Launcher, and so far, there have been no reports of any such problems on a third-party launcher. We sincerely hope Mojang addresses this issue in their launcher.


What is the Minecraft “Waiting on Install” error?

The Minecraft “Waiting on Install” error is an error that prevents Minecraft from launching after installation or updates. It is encountered on the Windows platform and can happen on both Java and Bedrock Editions of the game.

Why does the “Waiting on Install” error occur?

The “Waiting on Install” error occurs when trying to install/update Minecraft through the Xbox app store on Windows. It has a wide variety of causes; incompatible mods, conflicts with Microsoft Store, services not running correctly, a run-of-mill glitch in either Windows or the Minecraft Launcher etc.

What are the potential solutions for this error?

Restarting the relevant apps and Windows itself can help quite a bit. If the issue still persists, check to see if your Windows is updated, the relevant services are running correctly and if your Windows has any pending updates.


Farhan Ali

Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.