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Bannerlord Not Launching Fix: Detailed Guide on Resolving Start Crashes

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord not launching? The game that has driven players crazy with anticipation and excitement is finally out now! But users have been reporting bugs and other technical difficulties, much to their dismay, such as ‘black screens’, no audio, or the game just not launching upon startup.

They are also facing issues like the white screen when Bannerlord starts.

It’s pretty exhausting to see Bannerlord not starting after waiting hours for it to download. I remember playing some new mods on Warband while waiting for Bannerlord to download.

All these issues are hindering their gaming experience (also triggering a tsunami of memes).

And unfortunately if somehow you are facing some nasty glitches then just skim through the article and get your problems fixed.

Bannerlord Scene

Bannerlord not launching fix

A majority of the players have been reporting a mutually shared problem of the game Bannerlord not launching upon startup. Let us look at several ways we can resolve this issue. Here are the possible fixes:

1. Try restarting the PC

First of all, try restarting the computer. I know this sounds trivial, but usually, this resolves the problem for a few players.

2. Missing MSVCP140.dll files

Bannerlord fix by adding missing MSVCP140.dll files

If that does not work and the game keeps crashing upon launch try running the game from the install folder and also make sure that the path to the folder with a game should contain only Latin characters and numbers.

Anyways run the game from over there. Afterward, you might encounter the “missing MSVCP140.dll file” error or any “.dll” file error.

Do not worry this error mainly occurs because your Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables are not up-to-date.

Just remember all you have to do is uninstall then download the Visual C++ Redistributables and reinstall them which will automatically update the file, hence resolving the error.

One mistake you can make is to simply download the MSVCP140.dll separately. Don’t do this. It will get rid of this specific error but will show an error for another missing .dll file. This will send you on a trail to keep on downloading .dll files and even so it might not work.

3. Disable firewall, anti-virus software

If Bannerlord still does not launch or is broken, then the problem might be pertaining to anti-virus software or Windows Defender detecting the game’s executable file as a trojan.

So either switch OFF the anti-virus software completely or remove the game’s files from its control and command. Also, disable Windows Defender. Restart the game, it will launch upon startup.

Many of the problems with games launching happen because of improper installation. Check, if there was any error during installation, try deleting the game, and run the installer again. 


4. Disable third-party monitoring

Another problem might be the cause of the crashes upon startup and that is the use of third-party monitoring software like MSI Afterburner or GeForce Experience. Disable any third-party software you are using and the issue will resolve.

system configuration for bannerlord not launching

5. Shutdown background programs

Try shutting down all the non-essential programs running in the background. What they do is preventing Bannerlord from launching by either consuming too much memory or restricting the game’s startup procedure.

Instead of closing all programs one by one, you can start Windows in safe mode or disable some of the services on System Configuration.

Use the image guide below to disable services on sys. configuration in a step-by-step process.

 sys config.
Disable some of the services on System Configuration.

6. Try reinstalling Bannerlord

Mount and Blade Bannerlord, not launching can be due to a faulty installation procedure.

Try recalling any errors that might have popped up during installation, which we usually skip over and it is only later on when they create problems.

And if you do recall some, try deleting the game and reinstalling it with the anti-virus disabled; because it is possible for the anti-virus software to delete important files mistakenly during installation.

Apart from re-installation do check the HDD whether it has enough space as per the game requirements. Also, try launching the game as an administrator in compatibility mode with different versions of Windows.

Bannerlord supports all major operating systems including Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7.

7. Update Windows and GPU drivers

Still no success? Before losing all hope, try checking which version of Windows 10 is running on your computer. If it is an older outdated version, update it to the latest version and run the game.

Also, be sure to update the GPU drivers: for Nvidia click here and for AMD click here and after installations are complete, restart the computer.

 fix using device manager

Download the DDU to completely remove any old drivers from your computer.

Usually, GPU manufacturers would develop specialized drivers that optimize the gaming experience for some particular games. So updating to the latest drivers might not always be as helpful, just something to keep in mind.

The user should try to avoid using beta versions of GPU drivers as they are most prone to carrying terrible bugs which cause inconspicuous problems during game-play.

Another thing to do is to install the latest version of DirectX for a smooth gaming experience. It can be found and downloaded from the official Microsoft website.

Got the game working? Check out this article to learn about the Bannerlord factions.

Bannerlord: launcher not launching

Bannerlord not launching is a problem that is reported by many users after they tried to add mods to the game.

Bannereditor” is one such mod that the users have downloaded. This is a small mod that basically allows the users to add more customization features for their profile banner.

What some of the users have reported is that after they downloaded the seemingly harmless modification software “vortex” and tried to launch the game, the game failed to do so.

One unfortunate user reports:

“…it (Bannerlord) just stops before it gets to the launcher screen. There isn’t even an error message; it just stops loading…”

Sad to say, uninstalling the modification software, reinstalling windows does not revert the problem. Users regret installing the software which apparently works just fine for other games.

A user reports:

 “…it did the exact same thing to me. I regret installing it.”

Proposed remedies for fixing Bannerlord Not Starting

If you got the game from Steam, try launching the game directly from the folder located at:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Mount & Blade II Bannerlord\bin\Win64_Shipping_Client\BannerLord.exe

Another solution is to first uninstall any mod that is managed by Vortex in your modules folder:


If that does not work, head to the modules folder, try removing the XML file called Submodule.xml, and run the launcher.

A word of advice would be to run one custom mod at a time.

Bannerlord Not Launching: Low FPS hangs

Games like Bannerlord display an immense amount of information per frame and adding to that is the fact that the game is still in early access.

This overburdens the graphics processing unit which is already trying its best to keep up with the desired frame rate.

Overburdening renders the GPU impossible to provide the user with a non-turbulent continuous flow of frames.

Hence to extract as many frames as possible the user should install new drivers for the video card. This process is famous for drastically improving the frame rate.

The user should also try to optimize the CPU and memory utilization in the Task Manager (opened by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE). Erasing all non-vital programs from the task manager that are consuming CPU and memory reserves will ensure Bannerlord runs smoothly.

After all that is done head over to the graphics settings of the game, remove anti-aliasing which is just a non-essential luxury and does not greatly affect the picture quality.

Lower the display settings down to what the computer can handle without hanging or crashing mid-game.

Bannerlord Not Starting after Crashes to desktop

Generally, this problem can be easily overcome by reducing graphic settings. Head over to the graphics settings and reduce the resolution to what the computer can handle without crashing.

Most graphics processing units just lack the performance required to sustain a high level of graphics.

Always be on the lookout for new patch installations for games, what they do is optimize the game so that it may run smoothly. Remember to keep the automatic patch installations turned ON which normally is the case.

Bannerlord Not Working: Black screen fix

Users have reported an instance where the game sort of crashes and the screen goes blank “black” while at the same time sounds from the game can be heard in the background.

Some reports suggest this issue may occur because the game’s resolution is higher than your monitor’s native resolution.

If that is the case try pressing “ALT + Enter” and the game will run in the windowed mode. Now go to the settings and change the game’s resolution to your native resolution.

The issue could also be with the GPU so do check whether video card meets the minimum requirements and install the latest drivers.

Sometimes a black screen may appear due to a lack of CPU performance. Some users have also reported the white screen issue when the game starts.

Bannerlord Not Launching: Installation hangs

To counter this problem the first step should be to check whether the HDD has the minimum required space for installation.

Keep in mind that a game requires a particular amount of space in the HDD to download plus an additional one to two GBs of space to function properly, otherwise, the game may refuse to work.

Note whether your internet service is up and running adequately because internet connectivity issues can halt downloading.

Also, disable anti-virus software that may not allow files such as .exe type file to download as it may mistake them for a trojan.

Bannerlord Not Working: Controls not working fix

Sometimes what happens is that the controls stop working and the main reason normally is that there is another device connected to the computer, devices such as a similar mouse, keyboard etc.

Try removing the additional hardware to regain control over the game.

If the user has plugged in a gamepad try using software that emulates Xbox gamepad, remember that the games officially support only the Xbox gamepads.

Bannerlord: No audio fix

Users are reporting that as the Bannerlord game launches they do not hear any startup theme song or sounds at all as if the sound card is unplugged.

To fix this issue try deleting the “Mount and Blade II Bannerlord” folder from Documents and restart the game.

Also, check if the sound works in other programs. If that is the case then at least the sound card is working fine.

Next check whether the sound is turned ON from the game settings and also check whether the correct audio device is selected from the windows audio settings.

Bannerlord audio not working fix

If the user has installed an external audio card check to see whether all the correct drivers are installed and whether they are updated or not.

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is probably the biggest release this year. It deserves all the admiration it is receiving owing to TaleWorlds’ impressive hard work. Recall the game is still in its early-access stage so a few bugs here and there should be no big deal.

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