Minecraft Errors in Windows and How to Fix them

Minecraft error

Minecraft is one of the most additive games across all device platforms. From Microsoft Xbox to touchscreen devices and Windows laptops, the game is a well appreciated title by millions of players globally. Sadly, it is not uncommon for users to experience a host of errors in Minecraft across Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and even 10 especially after a game update or with graphic card issues. Today, we aim to keep all players happy. Here are the most common errors in Minecraft and simple solutions you can take right away to fix them!

Before we go into these solutions, it is important that you ensure that your device is updated and running on the latest version of the Minecraft game. However, before you can open the game to run the updater, you may be faced with a Java runtime error as below:

Error 1 – This Application Requires a Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0”

As denoted, this error is related to the inability of the Minecraft game to find a Java Runtime environment to run on. You can solve this issue by installing a Java package. There’s also no limit to the amount of times you can do this although one proper install should solve the issue.

To proceed, download and install Java on your device.

Now, to update your Minecraft after installing your Java:

  • open Minecraft and login to your account.
  • Check and apply the latest updates if available.
  • Restart the game or your PC if there is a need to do so

Error 2 – Bad video card drivers

If you’re seeing this error, it may occur as a result of a graphic driver discrepancy between the game and your hardware. To solve this issue, simply:

  • Head your start screen
  • Press your Windows logo + X keys to open device manager
  • From the Device manager, navigate to the Display driver unit, right click and select uninstall the Nvidia driver
  • Next, head to your PC manufacturer’s site (HP, Dell, Toshiba, Aceretc) and download the graphic/display drivers made available for your device model by your manufacturer and install these drivers, using compatibility mode if need be for Windows 7.
  • Quit the device manager and re-run Minecraft. This will make the game to run on Windows 8 and 8.1 even when you have an Nvidia graphic card driver

Error 3 – Can’t play Minecraft on LAN

If you’re having trouble playing Minecraft on LAN with your friends, you may need to enable Minecraft permissions in the Windows Firewall. To do this:

  • Go to your start screen and type in firewall. Select Windows Defender Firewall from the results
  • Once Windows Defender Firewall pops up, clock “Allow an app or feature…” from the left pane.
  • Pick Minecraft for Windows 10 and Minecraft and ensure that both public and private options are checked/toggled on
  • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect
  • Relaunch your Minecraft and try playing with your friends over LAN
  • If you still experience any troubles at this point, resolve issues with your internet and retry

Error 4 – Minecraft crashes

Minecraft may crash for one or two reasons after launch. This may be as a result of several reasons and as such, any one the following may be tried:

  • Update Minecraft
  • Update Java
  • Update Graphics and Drivers
  • Run the SFC (system file checker) scan by opening cmd.exe as Administrator and entering Sfc /scannnow
  • Run the DISM command

Error 5 – Missing file org.lwigl. LWJGL Exception

This error code will only appear when Minecraft launcher cannot launch the game, and is often an offshoot of some interference with an Antivirus software or Windows Firewall. To disable your Windows Firewall:

  • Enter Firewall into the Windows search bar and open the Windows Defender Firewall
  • Once open, select the “Turn windows firewall on or off” in the menu and disable the firewall for both public and private network
  • Confirm the changes
  • Reinstall your Minecraft as soon as you disable the Firewall. Turn off all antivirus protection options too till the process is completed
  • Once done, Re-launch your Minecraft

Error 6 – Openal32.dll error

Your Minecraft way present a DLL error that quotes Openal32.dll is missing from your computer. This may arise due to a wrongful deletion of the files or by the action of a malware or antivirus software. Sometimes, these DLL errors are a fluke and may arise if multiple programs using the particular DLL file have discrepancies. To solve this, first restart your system and re-launch the app. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to get the DLL file and locate it in the relevant folder.

To do this:

  • search and download Openal32.dll file.
  • Next, locate the zip file on your computer and extract the dll file to a desired location.
  • Finally, copy the raw DLL file to C:\Windows\System32 folder and your Minecraft Installation folder
  • Re-launch the application to get back to gaming

Error 7 – C ig4dev32.dll+0x3e88

This error is typically caused by a graphic driver discrepancy with a newer version of Minecraft. People with this error may not be able to play version 1.7.4 of the game or newer, but can still play version 1.7.2.

To solve this:

  • Change your game to 1.7.2 by starting the launcher and choosing “edit profile”.
  • In the use version dropdown option, select the 1.7.2 release
  • Click save profile

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