VALORANT Error Code 128 – Easy Solutions

Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for games like VALORANT to experience problems, errors, and crashes. However, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for the community trying to enjoy the game.

VALORANT Error Code 128 - Easy Solutions

We’re sure you can agree that there’s nothing more annoying than sitting down to play your favorite game before being greeted with a dreaded error code. Whenever VALORANT experiences an issue, players are shown a notification and error code.

One of the most common Valorant error codes experienced by players is Error Code 128. This doesn’t give us much indication as to what the problem is or how it can be solved, making things even more frustrating.

Luckily for you, we’re here to help. In today’s post, we’re going to tell you what Error Code 128 is and how you can fix it. If you need help fixing VALORANT quickly, keep reading!

What Is Error Code 128 In VALORANT?

Error Code 128 in VALORANT is unfortunately a common issue that tends to pop up when you first start the game. It is an error code that usually refers to Vanguard not initializing.

When this error code appears, you’ll probably be greeted with a message that says ‘Vanguard Not Initialized’. It will also say ‘Error Details: Error Code 128’. You might even be told that there was an error connecting to the platform.

Either way, this error code is usually triggered by Windows or a third-party program that’s stopping VALORANT’s anti-cheat system (Vanguard).

The error code can also pop up as a result of Vanguard being installed incorrectly. Occasionally the anti-cheat files might have corrupted too.

The Best Quick Fix

Thankfully, fixing error code 128 isn’t too difficult. In fact, most of the time, restarting the game will solve the problem. If not, don’t panic though because there are other ways to fix the issue.

If you’re in a rush and need a quick fix, this first method is probably the best solution you can use. We’ve found that this quick fix solves error code 128 almost every time. You’ll find the steps you have to take below.

  1. Close your VALORANT game.
  2. Close Riot Client.
  3. Open the Task Manager by pressing (Ctrl+shift+Esc).
  4. Click on the “More Details” icon.
  5. Check to see if VALORANT and the Riot Client are still running.
  6. If either of them is, select the program and click “End Task”. DON’T close Vanguard though.
  7. Restart the client and log into your game. The error code should now be gone.

Other Solutions For The VALORANT 128 Error Code

If you’ve followed the steps above and VALORANT is still displaying Error Code 128, you will have to try another method to fix the problem. Below, we’ve listed two more solutions you can try to solve the problem.

We recommend trying these methods in order one after another as we have put them in order of effectiveness.

Method 1 – Uninstall Riot Vanguard

Uninstalling Riot Vanguard before reinstalling it again might be all it takes to kick Vanguard back in line. The steps below show you what to do when uninstalling and reinstalling Riot Vanguard.

  1. Start by closing any VALORANT-related services and processes from your Task Manager.
  2. Uninstall Riot Vanguard.
  3. Reinstall Riot Vanguard.
  4. Once Riot Vanguard is reinstalled, check your internet connection to ensure you have a stable connection.
  5. Restart your router or modem.
  6. Restart your PC.
  7. Now, if you run VALORANT using administrator mode, the problem should be solved.

Method 2 – Set Services To Automatic

One of the common reasons VALORANT displays Error Code 128 is when the Vanguards’ service isn’t triggering the driver that blocks out any cheats when Windows starts.

This problem can be fixed by making the services automatic. The steps below will help you do just that.

  1. Start by holding down your Windows Key down and pressing X. You should then select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. After doing that, enter the following two commands. The first command is sc config vgc start= demand and the second command is sc config vgk start= system.
  3. Once that’s done, open your VALORANT and click “Reboot Compute”. When the computer has restarted, check to see if Vanguard is working fine. To do this open the Command Prompt again and enter sc query vgc and sc query vgk.
  4. If an error is displayed, you will have to uninstall and reinstall Vanguard and VALORANT. If no error code is shown, you now have to restart Vanguard manually using the code net start vgc. VALORANT should now start without Error Code 128.

In Conclusion

As frustrating as it can be, there’s not too much to worry about if your VALORANT displays Error Code 128. Whilst this will temporarily stop you from playing, the problem is usually very easy to fix. More often than not, restarting the game will fix the issue.

Even if restarting VALORANT doesn’t work, there are three easy methods we can use to fix the error code. In this post, we showed you all three. With a bit of luck, the first method we looked at will solve your problem.

If not, try the other two methods to see if they work. We’re confident at least one of these methods will. You’ll be back playing VALORANT in no time.

Ashley Newby