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- Incorrect Windows/Discord configurations: incorrect or incompatible configurations lead to syncing issues, as system and app data aren’t working as they should or aren’t compatible.
- Antivirus restriction: there may be instances where Discord’s installation files are detected as threats by your computer’s antivirus software. Since potential threats (e.g. Discord data) are put in quarantine and prevented from running by your antivirus software, Discord won’t be able to run properly and may encounter errors.
Having problems with your mic on Discord? Try one or more of these fixes.
1. Perform a Clean Install of Discord
- Launch Control Panel on your PC by using the Search button in the taskbar.
- Look for the “Programs” category and click on “Uninstall a program.”
- Find “Discord” in the list of programs, right-click, and select “Uninstall.”
- After Discord is uninstalled, launch the Run command dialog box. You can right-click on the Windows icon and select “Run” from the menu that appears or use Windows Search to find it.
%appdata%and click “OK.”
- Look for the “discord” folder and delete it.
- Relaunch the Windows Run command dialog box. Type
%localappdata%and click “OK.”
- Look for the “Discord” folder and delete it.
- Restart your computer and install Discord again.
2. Disable or Check Your Antivirus Program’s Restrictions
There are cases where your antivirus program may determine some of Discord’s data could be harmful to your computer. In this case, you can either disable your antivirus program temporarily and launch Discord to see if the error persists or check your antivirus program’s app restrictions.
To fix this issue, launch the antivirus program installed on your computer, then add all of Discord’s files to the list of exceptions to prevent your antivirus program from interrupting whenever you attempt to launch Discord.
If you’re using Windows Defender on your PC and have updated to the latest Windows 11 version 22H2, go to Windows Security and tweak the “Smart App Control” and “Reputation-based protection” sections under “Virus & protection” to make sure Discord isn’t included.
3. Run Discord as Administrator
Running Discord as an administrator allows it to execute files with fewer to no restrictions from Windows. Follow the steps below.
- Right-click on the Discord icon on your desktop and select “Properties.”
- Go to “Compatibility” in the new window and check the box for “Run this program as an Administrator.”
- Click “Apply,” followed by “OK.”
- Launch Discord to see if this has fixed the issue.
- If Discord still doesn’t work, remove the administrator privilege you just added and run the application without it.
Tip: if you’ve ever encountered a “This setting is managed by your Administrator” error, follow this advice to handle it.
4. Update Windows’s Group Policy
Your Windows computer’s group policy is used to manage security and user settings, software, Windows updates, and more. You can force update outdated system files that could be preventing Discord from running by updating your computer’s group policy.
- Search for Command Prompt from the Windows Search bar and run it as administrator.
gpudate /forceand press Enter.
- Avoid closing Command Prompt and wait for the update to finish.
- Launch Discord again to check the results.
5. Change the Startup Type of Quality Windows Audio Video Experience
- Launch the Run command dialog box by pressing Windows + R.
services.mscand press “OK.”
- Look for “Quality Windows Audio Video Experience” in the “Services” window, right-click it, then select “Properties.”
- In the next window, if the “Service status” says “Running,” click “Stop.”
- Click “Start.”
- Click on the “Startup type” drop-down and set it to “Automatic.”
- Go to the “Log On” tab, then click on “Browse.”
- In the next window, add the name of your user account in the “Enter the object name to select” box. Click on “OK” to go back to the “Log On” tab.
- Click on “Apply,” followed by “OK.”
- Restart your computer and launch Discord once again.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should I uninstall my antivirus to prevent future errors with Discord?
It’s unnecessary to uninstall your antivirus program just to prevent future errors. Adding Discord to the list of exceptions in your antivirus program’s settings should suffice. Do note that the default Windows Defender is a perfectly viable alternative for virus and malware protection.
The various fixes will work (or fail to) depending on your Windows and Discord configurations. Every user configures their system and applications differently, so we recommend trying all five methods in the order we listed until you find one that works for you.
Can I install older versions of Discord if none of the suggested fixes work?
Yes. This may solve your problem if the older version is fully compatible with your computer, especially if there are issues with the latest version of Discord that are causing the error.
Image credit: Pixabay. All screenshots by Natalie dela Vega.
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