Fixing the Dragon Age Inquisition Won’t Launch Problem

Running games on PC has a wide range of advantages. From the freedom to deploy DAI cheats to the power to run a game at a higher FPS and resolution settings. However, since the PC platform is unpredictable (different hardware or software combinations,) more games will crash on PC than they do on consoles. Dragon Age Inquisition is no stranger to crashing on startup.

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Why Won’t Dragon Age Inquisition Launch on PC?

DAI crash on startup problems when playing on PC are either tied to software incompatibility or insufficient hardware capabilities. The Dragon Age Inquisition crash on startup fix will vary depending on what is affecting your game.

If it is the first time you are running the game, you should consider both options since you are not sure that your PC can support the game. To eliminate the possibility of your system specifications hampering the game’s performance, ensure that you meet at least the Dragon Age Inquisition minimum system requirements (scroll to the bottom to see system requirements).

The most common reasons your game will crash to desktop on startup include:

  • An antivirus that is shutting down the game after confusing it for a virus
  • Wrong native Windows 10 firewall and malware defender settings
  • A corrupted game installation especially after modding
  • Running the inferior intel chipset graphics on laptops
  • Problems with local game cache or settings

How to Fix DAI Crash on Startup Problems

The fixes will vary depending on what could be causing your game to crash on startup. Since finding the cause before applying a solution is time-consuming, we are just going to run through possible solutions. You should try one solution at a go to identify the cause.

Solution #1: Try Repair Game Option in Origin

The Repair Game option in your Origin console should solve simple problems that might make your game not launch in Origin. To do this:

  • Choose My Game Library in Origin
  • Right Click on Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Select Repair Game option

The ensuing file check and repair process might take a while depending on your PCs capabilities. This approach works fine if you have corrupted game files as it will identify them and replace the buggy files with clean downloaded ones.

A popular error that hints on corrupted game files is the error “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)“. This means that you have some damaged or missing files. You can use the above fix or:

Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Dragon Age Inquisition\__Installer\directx\redist and run the DXSETUP.exe

Then go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Dragon Age Inquisition\__Installer\vc and run the exes for each of the vc redists.

Solution #2: Get Rid of Mods

If you have been modding your game, chances are that some of the mods are interfering with your game. Getting rid of the latest mod you installed before the game began crashing or failing to launch should solve the problem. If this doesn’t work and you recently patched or updated the game, you should consider losing all your mods.

Solution #3: Check Your Antivirus or Firewall

Antivirus settings or new Windows 10 firewall configurations might think DAI is a virus and shut it down the moment it launches. To avoid this, add an exclusion to your Antivirus’ scanner or your firewall. This will tell the software that the game is safe to deploy at all times. This is most probably the biggest cause of the Dragon Age Inquisition won’t launch problem especially if you are running Avira or AVG antivirus.

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Solution #4: Cross Check Your PC Hardware

Most laptops tend to run on integrate CPU graphics card to save on power. Ensure that you have configured the game to launch on the discrete card to ensure that you are getting the best hardware in the game. A glitch can occur causing the game to black out after successful launch. This means that your graphics configurations are higher than your PC can handle. Reset to default or dial them down to solve the problem.

Solution #5: Launch Game Outside Origin

Sometimes, launching the game outside origin with admin privileges might solve the problem.

Solution #6: Restart PC With Clean Boot

A safe boot forces your PC to launch without background tasks that could interfere with your game. This should effectively get rid of most software interference hence letting Dragon Age Inquisition launch. Since this solution is rather rash, it should be the very last on your list.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • AMD quad core CPU @ 2.5 GHz or Intel quad core CPU @ 2.0 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512 MB Graphics Memory
  • 26 GB Hard Drive Space
  • DirectX 10

Recommended System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • AMD six core CPU @ 3.2 GHz or Intel quad core CPU @ 3.0 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 w/3GB Graphics Memory
  • 26 GB Hard Drive Space
  • DirectX 11