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How to Fix “Epic Games Launcher is currently running” 

Are you getting the “Epic Games Launcher is currently running”?

Here’s the full error message, “Epic Games Launcher is currently running. Please close it before continuing”.

The error message happens when you’re trying to uninstall the Epic Games Launcher but it’s running in the background.

When that happens, you won’t be able to uninstall the launcher unless you close it.

In this guide, you’ll learn why it says that your Epic Games Launcher is running and how to fix the “Epic Games Launcher is currently running” error.

Why does it say that my Epic Games Launcher is running?

Epic Games Launcher is currently running

It says that your Epic Games Launcher is running because the Epic Games Launcher is opened in the background.

When you open the Epic Games Launcher, the process will run in the background until you close it.

If you try to uninstall the launcher, it will not work because it’s currently running.

Hence, you’ll get the “Epic Games Launcher is currently running” error.

You can either cancel, retry, or ignore the error message.

Either way, the error will persist if you don’t close the Epic Games Launcher.

At times, the taskbar might not contain the Epic Games Launcher.

This implies that the launcher is not currently running.

However, this is not always the case as it might be still running in the background.

How to fix “Epic Games Launcher is currently running” 

To fix “Epic Games Launcher is currently running”, you need to close the Epic Games Launcher from the task manager.

After you’ve closed the Epic Games Launcher, you can try uninstalling it again (if you’re looking to uninstall it).

If the Epic Games Launcher is successfully closed, you’ll be able to uninstall it.

However, if it’s still running in the background, you won’t be able to uninstall it.

When you download the Epic Games Launcher, it will be enabled on startup by default.

This means that when you turn on your computer, the launcher will automatically start.

Even if you didn’t open the Epic Games Launcher, it will be running in the background.

Hence, you need to end its task from the task manager to close it.

Here’s how to fix “Epic Games Launcher is currently running”:

1. End task for “EpicGamesLauncher”

End task for the Epic Games Launcher

The first step is to open the task manager.

To do so, press “CTRL” + “ALT” + “DEL” on your keyboard.

Once the task manager is opened, you need to find “EpicGamesLauncher”.

Right-click “EpicGamesLauncher” to open the menu.

The menu contains multiple options including “Expand”, “Switch to”, “End task”, and more.

To uninstall the Epic Games Launcher, you need to end its task first.

To do so, click on “End task” to end the task for the launcher.

Another way to close the Epic Games Launcher is from the taskbar.

To do so, click on the arrow on the Windows taskbar.

The arrow is located at the right of the Windows taskbar.

After you’ve clicked on the arrow, you’ll see the applications that are running in the background.

One of the applications will be the Epic Games Launcher.

To close it, right-click the launcher and click on “Exit” to close it.

2. Uninstall Epic Games Launcher (if you’re looking to uninstall it)

Uninstall the Epic Games Launcher

After you’ve closed the Epic Games Launcher, you can now uninstall it (if you’re looking to uninstall it).

If you don’t want to uninstall the launcher, you can skip this step.

To do so, open the control panel on your computer.

You can open the control panel by searching for “Control Panel” using the Windows search bar.

In the control panel, you’ll see an “Uninstall a program” option.

Click on “Uninstall a program” under “Programs” to open the “Uninstall or change a program” window.

Now, you need to navigate to the Epic Games Launcher.

Once you’ve found the launcher, right-click it to open the menu.

Lastly, click on “Uninstall” to uninstall the Epic Games Launcher.

This time, you should be able to uninstall the launcher without any errors.

Conclusion

By default, the Epic Games Launcher will start when you turn on your computer.

You can modify this by navigating to “Startup” on the task manager.

To open the task manager, press “CTRL” + “ALT” + “DEL” on your keyboard.

Then, click on “Startup” to open the startup options.

Now, you’ll see the applications that will automatically start when you turn on your computer.

Find the Epic Games Launcher and right-click it.

Lastly, click on “Disable” to disable it from starting automatically.

You can do this for other applications to speed up the Windows startup.

It’s recommended that you disable the startup for applications that have a “High” startup impact.

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