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What should I do if I get a message stating “Failed to start game (unknown error) when launching Fallout 4 on Steam?

The error “Failed to start game (unknown error)” is a Steam error. To resolve this issue, please try the troubleshooting steps below:

Run the game as Administrator

To run the game as an Administrator:

  1. Right click the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Go to

    Properties

    then the

    Local

    Files

    tab.

  3. Click

    Browse

    Local

    Files

    .

  4. Locate the game executable (the application).
  5. Right click it and go to

    Properties

    .

  6. Click the

    Compatibility

    tab.

  7. Check the

    Run this program as an administrator

    box.

    •    Image
  8. Click

    Apply

    .

Once you have done this, restart Steam and try launching the game again.

Run Steam as Administrator

In some cases, running Steam itself in Administrator mode may resolve the issue:

  1. Navigate to your Steam install folder (Default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam).
  2. Right click the

    Steam

    executable.

  3. Follow the above steps to set it to

    Run as Administrator

  4. Restart Steam.

Verify the Integrity of the Game Files

To verify your game files:

  1. Right click the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Go to

    Properties

    then the

    Local

    Files

    tab.

  3. Click

    Verify Integrity of Game Files

    .
    Image  

  4. Wait for it to complete.

This should remove any potentially corrupt or broken files and allow the game to run.

Check your Antivirus Settings

Some antivirus programs are known to block programs from running. Please consult the help website of your chosen antivirus for information on how to add a program to your exceptions list.

Disable the Steam Overlay

  1. Open Steam and click

    Settings

    .

  2. Select the

    In-Game

    tab.

  3. Uncheck the box next to

    Enable Steam Community while in-Game

    and click

    OK

    .

    • Disable the Steam Overlay on specific games only by right-clicking on the game title, selecting

      Properties

      ,

      and unchecking

      Enable Steam Community In-Game

      in the

      General

      tab.

  4. Restart Steam and launch the game again.
     

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, you should contact Steam Support.

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