1. Terminate Discord Processes
Start by restarting the Discord app. You may have tried this already, but you must kill all Discord services running in the background while restarting Discord.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and select Task Manager from the list. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to quickly launch the Task Manager.
Step 2: Click on More details to expand Task Manager.
Step 3: Select the Discord app and click on the End Task button.
2. Run Discord as Administrator
Right-click on the Discord app icon and select Run as administrator from the menu.
If Discord is running fine, you can configure the app to always launch with admin rights. Here’s how.
Step 1: Right-click on the app shortcut and select Properties.
Step 2: Under the Compatibility tab, mark the box that reads ‘Run this program as an administrator.’ Then, click on Apply followed by OK.
3. Remove Discord App Data and Reinstall Discord
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to launch the Run command box. In the Open field, type in %AppData% and press Enter.
Step 2: In the File Explorer window that opens, select the Discord folder. Then click on the Trash icon at the top to delete it.
Step 3: Next, open the Start menu, type in discord, and click on the Uninstall option on your right.
Once removed, visit Microsoft Store to download and install the Discord app.
4. Modify Quality Windows Audio Video Experience Service
Step 1: Press Windows key + S to open Windows Search, type in services, and select the first result that appears.
Step 2: In the Services window, scroll down to locate the ‘Quality Windows Audio Video Experience’ service. Right-click on it and select Properties.
Step 3: Under General, use the drop-down menu next to Startup type to change its value to Automatic. Hit Apply followed by OK.
5. Use Command Prompt
Step 1: Open the Start menu, type in cmd, and click on Run as administrator to launch the command prompt with admin rights.
Step 2: In the console, paste the command given below and press Enter.
6. Temporary Disable Antivirus
Antivirus programs often block essential Discord files and interfere with the app at times. So, you’ll need to ensure that your antivirus program isn’t blocking Discord in any way. To do so, you can temporarily disable the antivirus program and then use Discord. If Discord is working fine, then you’ll need to dig through settings on your antivirus program and whitelist the Discord app from there.
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Discord’s app issues on Windows are nothing new. Most of the time, it’s either due to a corrupted installation or the antivirus program. That said, the above solutions should help in any case. If not, you can always switch to Discord’s web version identical to its desktop counterpart.
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