Discord installation failed? Here is how to fix it

Discord is a popular app used mostly by gamers to communicate via text and voice chat. It has versions for PC, Mac, iOS and Android, so you should be able to install and use it without problems. However, sometimes installation fails because of corrupted files, or Windows update packages interfering with Discord. If you run into this error, you can try the following solutions.

Reinstall the Discord app

If your Discord installation failed, the first step is to try reinstalling the app.

  1. In the search bar, type “task“, then click Open under Task Manager.
Opening Task Manager via the search bar
  1. In the list of processes, look for any process related to Discord. If you find any, select it, then click End task.
Windows Task Manager
  1. Click the Start button, then choose Settings>Apps.
Windows Settings
  1. Find Discord in the list, select it, then click Uninstall.
Uninstalling Apps

A window will pop up, where you have to confirm with the Uninstall button. This will uninstall the Discord app, however, there will still be some lingering data. In the next steps, we will delete these.

  1. Press the Start button, then hit R, and click Open under the Run app.
Openning Run App via the search bar
  1. Type “ %appdata% “ and hit Enter.
Open app data folder
  1. Select the Discord folder in the window that pops up, select it, right-click, then choose Delete.
Delete Discord app data
  1. In the Run window, type “ %localappdata% “ and hit Enter.
Open local app data folder
  1. Select the Discord folder in the window that pops up, right click it, then choose Delete.
Delete Discord local app data
  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Go to Discord’s download site and download the installation package.
Download Discord installer
  1. Right-click the downloaded file in the system tray, then choose Show in folder.
Show installer in folder
  1. Find the DiscordSetup file and double-click it to start installing.
Start Discord install

Set Discord compatibility

Another reason for a failed Discord installation could be a compatibility issue with the Windows operating system. In order to fix that, you need to set custom compatibility settings for Discord.

Here is how to do that:

  1. Right-click the Discord icon on your Desktop.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot compatibility.
Troubleshoot Discord compatibility

This will bring up the Compatibility Troubleshooter.

  1. Click on Troubleshoot program.
Program compatibility troubleshooter
  1. Select The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now and click Next.
Program won't install
  1. Set the compatibility to Windows 7 or 8.
Select OS version
  1. Click Test the program.
Test the program
  1. Click Next.
  1. Try if Discord will install now. If so, choose Yes, save these settings for this program.
Save compatibility settings for Discord
  1. If it doesn’t work, click No, try again using different settings and set it to the other version of Windows. Once you are happy with compatibility, close the troubleshooter.
Close the troubleshooter

If this didn’t solve the issue, you will have to revert to an earlier version of Windows to install Discord.

Uninstall the last Windows update

If you ran into the Discord installation problem right after a Windows update, try uninstalling the latest update packages. There is a high probability this will fix the issue.

To uninstall a Windows update:

  1. Click the Start button, then Settings.
  2. Under Update and Security, click Windows Update.
Windows Update
  1. Click View update history.
View Update history
  1. Click Uninstall an update. A new window pops up.
Uninstall updates

In that window, look for the most recent update. Right-click it, then select Uninstall.

Uninstall latest Windows update

Try installing Discord now.


These simple steps should have enabled you to install Discord. Let us know in the comment section if they were helpful to you!

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