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How to Fix the “Unable to Update the Minecraft Native Launcher” Error

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Is your Minecraft Native Launcher getting stuck while updating? Here's what you need to know in order to fix it.

Pop-ups and errors such as this are a commonplace annoyance, often made more frustrating when the error message gives no hint of a resolution. Many Minecraft players have been experiencing just that with the recent "unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher" error.

It seems that there could be a number of reasons for this error message. Fortunately, we've listed them all below along with the steps to fix them. You might need to try a few before you find the one that works for you.

How to Fix the “Unable to Update the Minecraft Native Launcher” Error

Before we get into the specific fixes, it's important to ensure that your PC drivers are all up to date. Incorrect or outdated drivers can sometimes cause a few issues with games, so having the latest versions can help safeguard you from certain errors. You can update the drivers manually by finding the right driver online, downloading it, and then installing it step-by-step. Alternatively, you can download a tool like Driver Easy, which identifies any problem drivers and installs the correct ones.

If the drivers weren't the issue, then try these other fixes:

Run Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

  • Press the Windows key
  • Search for Minecraft and click "open file location"
  • Right-click on the Minecraft Launcher and click Troubleshoot compatibility
  • Follow the on-screen instructions

 Download the updates

Instead of relying on the Minecraft Native Launcher, you can download the updates manually from the Minecraft website. Alternatively, you may need to reinstall Minecraft completely. If that's the case, remove the game from your system and reinstall it from the Minecraft site.

Check Antivirus Software

It's possible that your antivirus software is causing some issues. Often, this is the root of many errors in various games so it's always worth checking.

  • Go to your antivirus software and unblock the game program
  • Alternatively, you might need to temporarily disable to antivirus software and see if that solves the issue.