Play Valorant on Windows 11
For the past few months, some Windows users have been able to download Windows 11 and participate in beta testing. These are about to end and the update will soon be available to everyone. Good news, some would think. Well, it's not! Indeed, if you install this new version of Windows, it may prevent you from playing Valorant. But don't panic, we'll explain how to fix the problem.
Why doesn't Valorant work on Windows 11?
Theoretically, although most players should be able to run Valorant on Windows 11, some have probably encountered error messages. Chances are, that's precisely why you're on this article. So what is going on and why is the world so unfair?
In most cases, the thing responsible is TPM 2.0 (for Trusted Platform Module).
It is a technology built into Windows 11 that is used to secure your computer and verify a user's authentication and credentials. In short, it is basically an encrypted ID card for your computer, similar to a smart card like your credit card. When an action is performed by your computer, TPM 2.0 verifies that you are the originator, rather than an unknown outside source.
Until now, TPM 2.0 technology was integrated into certain motherboards, but was only used in professional environments. With Windows 11, it is directly integrated into the operating system and is therefore widely democratised.
However, there can be conflicts between Vanguard, Valorant's anti-cheat software, and TPM 2.0, especially if the latter is not activated (which can happen when you fiddle with the registry keys). It is from these conflicts that the various errors arise. Let's see some possible solutions.
Reinstall VALORANT and Vanguard
If you installed Valorant on Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11, it is likely that this installation did not support TPM 2.0.
In order to bring Vanguard back up to date properly, we advise you to uninstall Valorant and its security software and delete all files. Then restart your computer before installing the game again, this time on Windows 11.
Once this relatively simple process has been completed, you should not encounter any problems. If not, please try another solution.
Activate Trusted Platform Module 2.0 on Windows 11
Depending on how you installed Windows 11, TPM 2.0 may simply not be enabled on your motherboard or operating system.
To check that you have TPM 2.0 and activate it, we advise you to follow the steps described on the Microsoft support page. Windows 11 is still in beta and the procedure may change depending on your hardware. The official Microsoft website offers all the up-to-date methods for activating TPM 2.0.
Activate TPM 2.0 from your motherboard
For your own reasons, you may not want to enable TPM 2.0 on Windows 11. In this case, you can try to activate it directly from your motherboard, if it is compatible. To do this, you will have to go through your computer's BIOS, which can be risky if you don't know what you are doing.
We advise you to visit your manufacturer's website to find out if your motherboard is compatible and how to activate TPM 2.0.
Reinstalling Windows 10
If your machine is not compatible with TPM 2.0 or you still can't connect to the game after reinstalling it, you may have no choice but to switch back to Windows 10.
Fortunately, if you have just installed Windows 11, you have 10 days to decide whether to stay on the operating system or revert to its previous version.
To do this, use the following method:
- Open your computer's Settings
- Go to the System menu
- Click on "Go Back"
- Microsoft may ask you why you are going backwards. You will be able to reinstall Windows 10 regardless of your answer.
- Microsoft may also offer you updates to Windows 11 before you make your choice. Refuse them.
- Windows 11 will ask you what you want to keep and what you don't want to keep in the transition to Windows 10. Choose the items that are right for you.
- Let Windows restart your computer and make the transition.
If you've had Windows 11 for more than ten days, it can get complicated. You can use the Windows Recovery Tool to attempt a reinstall of Windows 10.
If none of these options are available, chances are you will need to format your system. The first thing to do is to back up all your data to an external hard drive or to a cloud. Don't forget anything, otherwise it will be lost.
Next, get a bootable USB stick with the Windows 10 installation files. Plug it into your computer and restart it. Follow the steps that appear on your screen when you plug in your USB stick.
Contact support and wait for an update from Valorant
Finally, if none of these solutions are possible, you can always wait for Riot Games to update Valorant to improve compatibility between the game and Windows 11. But you won't be able to play until then.
If you have tried all of the above solutions and still want to upgrade to Windows 11, you can contact the support of the game. Make a ticket including all the solutions that have already been tried. Do not hesitate to describe at length what you have done and why not include photos. This will greatly help the person who answers you and tries to find a final solution to your problem.
At the moment, the easiest solution is still to stay on Windows 10. So if we suggest that you upgrade now, feel free to postpone it a little to give the Valorant teams time to optimise the game for this new version of the operating system.