How to Fix VLC Not Working in Windows 11?

VLC not working in Windows 11 problem occurs when users try to play video on VLC media player but it won’t work. Well, the issue is quite frustrating as it ruins the entertainment mood of the users by not working and the users won’t be able to watch videos.

VLC not working in Windows 11

Hereby, we have come up with this article to provide you with every possible solutions to get you out of this annoying issue. The article has covered not only solutions but also the causes that trigger this problem to let you understand the reason of this issue occurrence. So, go through this extensive guide to fix the issue.

But before going directly for the solutions have a quick reading through the causes to know the problem better. Knowing causes will help you in choosing the most effective solutions out of various mentioned thereby fixing the issue in no time.

What Causes VLC not Working in Windows 11?

  • PC’s internal issues- If your PC is running for long time and is overheated then your VLC media player might trouble in functioning. Also, if there are any internal issues on your PC then it may restrict the VLC from working. Hereby, when such is the case found behind the issue, you need to solve the issue by rebooting your system.
  • Issue with VLC Media Player- Secondly, the VLC’s internal issue can also give you hard time by restricting the VLC media player from functioning. Therefore, try resolving the issue by relaunching the app.
  • Corrupted VLC cache- Another reason causing this issue on VLC media player is corrupted or overloaded cache. If loads of cache are accumulated on VLC and with time, they got corrupted then there exists a high possibility of facing this problem on VLC.
  • Outdated GPU drivers- If you haven’t updated your drivers since long time then you might trouble with this VLC not working problem. Hereby, it is suggested to use the latest or updated drivers to avoid getting such issues.
  • Corrupt installation files- Corrupt VLC installation files can also give you hard time with this issue on VLC media player. So, if while installing the VLC media player somehow your process got interrupted or remained incomplete then it will results in corrupting the installation files which later on triggers this issue to arise.
  • Outdated Windows 11 version- Using an old or outdated Windows version is also one of the major reasons triggering this problem on VLC media player. So, it is suggested to update your Windows 11 version to get this problem solved.

These are some culprits that cause this problem on VLC media player. Now, as you know such causes you will be easily taking care of the issue by applying the most suitable solutions.

1. Reboot Your PC & VLC media player

Sometimes the internal glitches and bugs start causing various issues and it is already been highlighted above those internal issues or bugs on your Windows might result in VLC media player app not working problem. Therefore, in this situation the quick solution that help you to solve the problem is reboot both your PC & VLC player to fix the problem. To reboot your system, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Windows
  2. Next, click the Power button and select Restart option.
    Restarting the PC

Follow the instructions below to reboot the VLC media player:

  1. Press Ctrl+ Alt+ Del keys simultaneously to launch menu.
  2. Next, select Task Manager from the list appeared.
  3. Then, go to Processes tab and look for the VLC media player.
    Locate the processes tab
  4. Once found, click on it and hit the End task button at the bottom.

2. Delete the Corrupted VLC Cache

Another possible reason for VLC not working problem is corrupted or overloaded cache on VLC media player. If the app got overloaded with cache and with time, they got corrupted then VLC may find difficulty in working. Overloaded or corrupted cache develops internal issues on the app which later on results in occurring such issues on the app. Therefore, you need to delete the accumulated cache on the VLC to get rid of the issue.

  1. Firstly, shut the VLC media player app.
  2. Then, press Ctrl+ R keys at the same time to open the Run menu.
  3. Now, type %AppData%\VLC on the run dialogue box and hit Enter. This will open the cache folder for VLC.
  4. Here, delete all the appeared folders by selecting them all at once.
  5. Once deleted, launch the VLC app and check whether you are able to stream videos or music on VLC or head to the next solution.

3. Increase Cache Values

When you play heavy or large videos without maintaining sufficient caching threshold, you will end up facing several issues and VLC isn’t working is one of them. So, here you deal with the problem by increasing the cache value. Increase the cache value on VLC media player by following below guided steps:

  1. Launch VLC on your Windows 11.
  2. Next, click on Tools and visit Preferences tab.
    Open VLC Preferences
  3. Then, select the option Show Settings and choose All at the bottom left corner.
  4. Now, select the option Input/ Codecs. Here, change the File caching (ms) to 2000 or higher limit.
    Select the option Input/ Codecs
  5. Lastly, tap Save and reboot VLC to check if working or not.

4. Update Windows

At most times, outdated Windows version creates such problem on VLC media player. Outdated Windows version with time develops several problems that further conflicts with the other applications on the Windows resulting in creating such problems. So, it is suggested to update your Windows version to resolve the issue. If you are using the Home version of Windows 11, try updating it to the latest available version.

You can check & update your Windows version by below guided steps:

  1. Go to the Windows Settings panel.
  2. Next, select the option Update & Security and under the Windows Update section check for the updates available.
    Update Windows & Security
  3. Finally, download the update if any available by clicking on Download & Install option.

Now wait until the process to get completed, once done restart your PC and launch the VLC media player to check if it’s working or not.

5. Update GPU Drivers

Another solution to resolve the VLC not working in Windows 11 problem is by updating your GPU drivers to the latest available version. So, if you have not updated your drivers for long duration then you have to face this problem on VLC player.

Therefore, if you found outdated or old drivers to be the culprit behind the VLC media player not working, try dealing with the situation by updating the GPU drivers to the latest available version.

You just have to follow the below steps as instructed to update drivers:

  1. Open Run menu by pressing Win+ R keys altogether.
  2. Next, on the run dialogue box, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
    Run devmgmt.msc
  3. Now on the Device Manager, expand the Display adapters section by double-clicking on it and select the graphics driver from the list.
  4. Right-click on the driver and tap Update Driver option.
    Inside the Device Manager updating the GPU
  5. After that, wait for the Windows to download the updated drivers.
  6. Once downloaded, follow the on-screen instructions to install the update.
  7. Lastly, reboot your PC and verify if the problem still persists on VLC or not.

6. Change Video Output Mode

Another potential solution to fix this problem on VLC is by changing the Video Output Mode. So, if your VLC finds trouble working then try resolving the problem just by modifying the Video Output Mode. For this, you just need to follow the below steps:

  1. Launch VLC on your Windows 11.
  2. Visit Tools section and select the Preferences tab.
    Open VLC Preferences
  3. Now, go to the Video section and check the boxes for Enable video & Windows decorations.
    Enable video & Windows decorations.
  4. Next, expand the dropdown menu next to the Output.
  5. Then, choose DirectX (DirectDraw) Video Output.
  6. Once selected, tap Save to keep the changes made and exit the VLC player.
  7. Lastly, relaunch the VLC app and see if its working or not.

7. Reinstall VLC 

Sometimes, corrupted installation files might trouble you with such problems. So, if somehow while installing the VLC media player your process got interrupted or remains incomplete then you may run into such problem on the VLC. Here, in such scenario, try dealing with the issue by uninstalling the app and then reinstalling it to fix the problem.

Follow the steps below to do so:

  1. Visit Windows Start and go for the Settings.
  2. Now, select the Apps and then Apps & features.
    Accessing the Apps & Features menu
  3. Locate the VLC app on the appeared list and righ-click on it.
  4. Next, click the option Uninstall.
    Uninstalling VLC Media Player

Once uninstalled, visit the VLC installation folder to delete the leftover files. Follow the below steps guide to do so:

  1. Open Run by pressing Win+ R keys altogether.
  2. Now, type C:\Users\YourUser\Application Data\vlc\vlcrc on the run dialogue box.
  3. Here, delete all the leftover files from the folder.

When don with deleting the leftover configuration files, download the fresh VLC files from Microsoft Store. For this, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Microsoft Store.
  2. Look for the VLC player there.
    Downloading VLC Media Player
  3. Once found, click the Install button to download the app freshly.
  4. When downloaded, follow the instructions on the screen to install it.
  5. Lastly, launch the fresh downloaded app and check for the issue.

Well, the problem is common yet annoying at the same time as it won’t let the users to watch their favourite video on VLC media player thereby ruing their mood for the entertainment. Hereby, with this article, dealing with VLC not working in windows 11 problem becomes easier and you would no longer be troubled with the same. I hope, article has justified itself with every potential solution thereby solving this problem by letting you watch your favourite video on VLC player without any further interruptions.


Hardeep Kaur

Hardeep is a passionate technical writer with more than 7 years of experience. She has a keen interest in PC games, Windows OS and everything surrounding it. She is a technology enthusiast and fascinated with technology since her childhood days.