Fix Empire of Sin Bootstrap Error ‘Couldn’t Start the Launcher’

Empire of Sin is the latest endeavour from Paradox Game Studio, the developer of Crusader Kings series. The game is having mixed review on Steam, but players who jumped to play the game are facing some issues that’s preventing them from playing the game. Besides the black screen and save problem with the game, the other issue that’s most concerning is the Empire of Sin Bootstrap Error ‘Couldn’t Start the Launcher.’ Stick around with us in this quick post and we will help you resolve the error with your game.

Fix Empire of Sin Bootstrap Error ‘Couldn’t Start the Launcher’

The Bootstrap Error ‘Couldn’t Start the Launcher’ is an error we have seen with a lot of games and commonly occurs when some games don’t have the necessary write permission on the disc or some of its functions are blocked when the launch does not have admin rights.

As such, the fix for the issue is quite simple, provide admin privilege to the Steam client and the Bootstrap error should not appear. In order to provide the admin permission, either go to the install directory of Steam and locate the .exe file or simply go to the desktop shortcut of Steam > right-click > Properties > Compatibility tab > and check Run this program as an administrator. Now, you have provided the launcher with admin permission. Attempt to launch the game and it should run smoothly.

If you are still seeing the error, repeat the above process for the game executable. By default it should be located in C. Now, try to launch the game and see if the error still persists.

If it does, then, go to the Document folder and locate the folder named Paradox. Select and delete the folder. Now, close Steam and remove the paradox launcher using the Windows ‘Apps and features.’ Follow the path:

C:/users/’your username’/AppData/Local/Programs/Paradox Interactive/

C:/users/’your username’/AppData/Local/Paradox Interactive/

C:/users/’your username’/AppData/Roaming/Paradox Interactive/launcher-v2/

Delete the folders at the above location and launch Steam. Attempt to play the game. The Empire of Sin Bootstrap Error ‘Couldn’t Start the Launcher’ error should be resolved.   

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