Some users have reported facing the Invalid Drive error while trying to install or use Epic Games Launcher on Windows. This error message is followed by the drive letter that is invalid, such as Invalid Drive: H:\, Invalid Drive: D:\, etc.
This error is likely to occur if the letter of the hard drive on which you are trying to install the game launcher is mismatched or changed. Besides that, it can also be caused due to corrupted registry entries on your system. Now, if you are facing this error, this post will help you fix it.
Epic Games Launcher Invalid Drive Error
If you see Invalid Drive error when installing the Epic Games Launcher on your Windows PC, here are the methods to fix the error:
- Run the Programs Uninstall and Install Troubleshooter.
- Change the hard drive letter.
- Try freeing up some space on your hard drive.
- Change registry values.
- Run Automatic Startup Repair.
1] Run the Programs Uninstall and Install Troubleshooter
Since this error occurs while installing Epic Games Launcher on your PC, you can try using Programs Uninstall and Install troubleshooter by Windows to fix it. It helps you fix errors and issues that are preventing you from installing or uninstalling software on your computer. So, you can run it and check if it can address the issues causing the error. Here’s how:
First, download the troubleshooter from Microsoft.com and run the download file. Select the Programs Uninstall and Install troubleshooter option and then click on the Next button. After that, select the Installing option, then select the Epic Games Launcher app, press Next, and let it detect the issues that are blocking you from installing the software. See if it can resolve the error.
Note: This tool will be retired in the future, as mentioned by Microsoft. However, you can use it as of now.
2] Change the hard drive letter
The error “Invalid Drive” could be caused by an incorrect or mismatched drive letter. Hence, if the scenario is applicable, you can try changing the hard drive letter where you want to install Epic Games Launcher and check if the error is fixed. Here are the steps to do so:
- First, press Win+X to open the shortcut menu and choose the Disk Management app.
- Now, right-click on the drive whose letter has been changed intentionally or unintentionally.
- From the context menu, choose the Change Drive Letter and Paths option.
- Next, click on the Change button and change it to the original drive letter. It is usually C:.
- Finally, press the OK button and then try reinstalling Epic Games Launcher on your PC.
Another method to change the drive letter back to its original letter is via Command Prompt. Here’s how:
First, open the Command Prompt with administrator rights and then enter the below commands one by one:
diskpart list volume
After that, you need to select the drive with which you are facing the error. Suppose, you get the “Invalid Drive: D:\” error, then select the volume with the D letter using the below command:
select volume 1
Now, change its drive letter using the below command:
In the above command, C is the original letter of the drive where you want to install Epic Games Launcher.
Once done, close Command Prompt and try installing the app to see if the error is fixed.
3] Try freeing up some space on your hard drive
It could be some temporary files or other unrequired files causing the error. So, you can try running the Windows Disk Cleanup tool and delete temporary and other non-essential files. See if this helps.
4] Change registry values
A few affected users have reported that changing a specific registry value for Epic Games Launcher helped them fix the error. Before you do this, create a system restore point first.
First, open File Explorer using Win+E, navigate to the drive where you want to install Epic Games Launcher, and create a folder named Epic Games Launcher.
Now, right-click on the above-created folder and choose the Copy as path option. Paste this path in Notepad; you will need it in the future.
Next, open Run using Win+R and enter regedit in it to quickly open Registry Editor.
After that, move to the following location:
Then, find the Epic Games Launcher folder and select it.
Now, from the right-side pane, double-click on the InstallLocation key, enter the earlier copied path in its Value data field and press the OK button.
5] Run Automatic Startup Repair
Run Automatic Startup Repair and see if that helps. If you want to access and run Automatic Repair manually, you need to boot into Advanced Startup options.
Once done, restart your computer and then try downloading Epic Games Launcher on the location you created in earlier steps.
Hopefully, you won’t face the Invalid Drive error anymore. In case you do, contact the Epic Games support team to get the needed help to fix the error.
How do I move Epic Games Launcher from C drive to D drive?
To move the location of Epic Games Launcher from one drive to another drive, you can use an app migration software like Samsung Data Migration, EaseUS AppMove Free, etc. Other than that, you can back up your Epic Games folder, uninstall Epic Games Launcher, and then reinstall the launcher on the target drive.
Why is Epic Games Launcher having trouble connecting?
Connection issues on Epic Games Launcher are usually caused because of server outages or network issues. So, make sure the Epic Games Launcher servers are not down and your internet connection is working fine.