Outriders is a great game, but that’s after you discount a range of errors and issues with the game. The good news is the server problems with the game have subsided and the game is more stable than it was when it released. However, users are reporting a new error with the game, the Outriders ‘Launch error’ incompatible Easy Anti-Cheat driver version. The complete error message reads, “An incompatible Easy Anti-Cheat driver version is already running. Please exit other running games or reboot.” If you have been blocked by this error, there are a few solutions you can try. Scroll down to know more.
How to Fix Outriders Launch Error – Incompatible Easy Anti-Cheat Driver Version
Before you start with the solutions, you should know the cause of the error. The most likely reason you are getting this error is because the Easy Anti-Cheat that the game uses is not functioning ideally. It could be due to a third-party program, outdated or corrupted game files, or the game being blocked by the Windows security. Here are the solutions you can try.
Start the System in a Clean Boot Environment
You would want to boot the game in a clean boot environment so you eliminate any third-party programs interfering with the Easy Anti-Cheat or the game. Here is how to do it.
- Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
- Go to the Services tab
- Check Hide all Microsoft services
- Now, click Disable all
- Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
- Disable one task at a time and restart the system.
Make sure that you close all Overlays such as Steam and Discord before you launch the game and hopefully the Outriders Launch Error – Incompatible Easy Anti-Cheat Driver Version would be fixed by that. If not, proceed to the next solution.
Allow Outriders through Controlled Folder Access
If the Windows Security is blocking certain folders and preventing the game from executing all of its processes including the Easy Anti-Cheat that could be the reason behind the error. As such allow the app in Controlled Folder Access. Here are the steps.
- Press Windows Key + I and select Update & Security
- Select Windows Security
- Select Virus & threat protection
- From there, go ad add the Outriders folder to the exception folder.
If this does not resolve the Outriders Launch Error – Incompatible Easy Anti-Cheat Driver Version, try the next solution.
Verify Integrity of Game Files
If there is a problem with the game files such as corruption, it can also be the cause of the error. Fortunately, the Steam client provides a very convenient option to check the game files for corruption and replace the files. Here are the steps.
- Close the game and launch the Steam Client
- Go to Library and select Outriders
- Right-click on the game and select Properties
- Go to Local Files and click on Verify integrity of game files
That’s all we have in this guide, we hope that the Outriders Launch Error is fixed by following the above solution. If you have a better solution or something that’s not covered in the guide, you can share them in the comments.