Solved: How do I fix “Failed to” install, start, initialize BattlEye Service Error?

Problem Symptom: Game players encounter the “Failed to” install, start, initialize BattlEye Service error when trying to launch the game on Windows 10 or error prompted randomly while playing the game. Various “Failed to” error usually occurs in games that have the BattlEye anti-cheat service, such as Planetside, DayZ, PUBG, Fortnite, ARMA 3, Arma 2 OA, The Crew 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, etc.

The detailed error message as below:

Failed to start BattlEye Service.
BattlEye Service startup failed.

Fix for Failed to start BattlEye Service error

Failed to install BattlEye Service.
BattlEye Service installation failed.

Fix for Failed to install BattlEye Service error

Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Driver Load Error (1450).

Fix for Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Driver Load Error (1450) error

Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Driver Load Error (193).

Fix for Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Driver Load Error (193) error

Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Generic Error

Fix for Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Generic Error

Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Windows Test-Signing Mode not supported.

Fix for Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Windows Test-Signing Mode not supported error

Follow below solution steps to resolve “Failed to” install, start, initialize BattlEye Service Error.

Content Summary

Potential Causes
Solution 1: Uninstall FACEIT Anti-cheat Client
Solution 2: Turn off Test Mode
Solution 3: Restart the BattlEye service
Solution 4: Execute BE Launcher as Administrator
Solution 5: Temporary Disable or Uninstall Antivirus and Firewall Settings
Solution 6: Add the Game to Antivirus and Firewall Exception List.
Solution 7: Disable DEP
Solution 8: Add Game to the DEP Exception List
Solution 9: Download and Install Optional Windows Updates
Solution 10: Update device drivers manually
Solution 11: Update device drivers automatically
Solution 12: Contact BattlEye Support
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Potential Causes

The BattlEye service failed to initialize issue could be caused by the following:

  • Third-party collaboration tools such as Discord will interrupt BattlEye’s service.
  • The device driver software is outdated.
  • Security software such as antivirus software or firewall is blocking BattlEye service.

Solution 1: Uninstall FACEIT Anti-cheat Client

Step 1: Go to Settings > Apps.

Step 2: Locate and expand FACEIT.

Step 3: Click on the Uninstall button.

Uninstall FACEIT Anti-cheat Client

Step 4: Restart your PC.

Solution 2: Turn off Test Mode

Step 1: Right-click on the Start Menu button.

Step 2: Click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 3: Type the following command into the elevated Command Prompt and then press Enter key:

bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Type the following command into the elevated Command Prompt and then press Enter key:  bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Step 4: Restart your PC.

Solution 3: Restart the BattlEye service

Step 1: Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialogue box.

Step 2: Type services.msc in the Run box and click the OK button to continue.

Step 3: Scroll down to find the BattlEye Service.

Step 4: Right-click on the service and select the Restart option from the context menu.

Restart BattlEye Service

Solution 4: Execute BE Launcher with administrative privileges

There might be a permission issue with BE Service directory or the files within it.

Step 1: Delete the BE Service directory which usually located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\BattlEye

Step 2: Go to the game directory which usually consists of the executable file with an end with _BE to find BE Launcher.

Step 3: Right-click on the BE Launcher executable and click on the Properties option from the context menu.

Step 4: Click on the Compatibility tab.

Step 5: Check the Run this program as an administrator option.

Check the Run this program as an administrator option for BE Launcher

Step 6: Click the OK button to apply the changes.

Solution 5: Temporary Disable or Uninstall Antivirus and Firewall Settings

Temporarily disable or uninstall antivirus and firewall, restore the game-related files from the quarantine settings of antivirus and firewall to the original locations, if any.

Solution 6: Add the Game to Antivirus and Firewall Exception List.

Add the game installation folder into the antivirus and firewall exception list, included:

  • BEService.exe and BEService_x64.exe in the BattlEye directory.
  • Entire BE Service directory which is usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\BattlEye

Solution 7: Disable DEP

Step 1: Right-click on the Start Menu button.

Step 2: Click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 3: Type the following command into the elevated Command Prompt and then press Enter key: bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff

Step 4: Restart your PC.

Solution 8: Add Game to the DEP Exception List

Step 1: Open Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings in the left upper corner.

Step 2: Go to the Advanced tab, and click on the Settings button in the Performance area.

Step 3: Go to the Data Execution Prevention tab and click on Turn on DEP for All Programs Except Those That I Select.

Step 4: Click on the Add button and navigate to the installation directory of the game, add below files and folders:

  • BEService.exe and BEService_x64.exe in the BattlEye directory.
  • Entire BE Service directory which is usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\BattlEye

Step 5: Select the executable file of the game and click on the Open button.

Step 6: Click on the Apply button in the Data Execution Prevention tab.

Turn on DEP for All Programs Except Those That I Select

Solution 9: Download and Install Optional Windows Updates

Step 1: Select Start > Settings > Update & Security.

Step 2: Click on the Windows Update at the left pane.

Step 3: Locate and click the View Optional updates link at the right pane or below the Check for updates button.

Click the View Optional updates link at the right pane or below the Check for updates button.

Step 4: Check all the options under the Driver Updates section.

Step 5: Click the Download and Install.

Check all the optional updates then click the Download and install button.

Step 6: The system will start to download the selected patches and install them.

Step 7: Click the Restart Now.

Solution 10: Update device drivers manually

Perform the below steps to check if the BattlEye launcher failed error is caused by a faulty drive by running a manual update for the drivers to the latest available versions.

Step 1: Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.

Step 2: Click on Update & Security > Recovery > click Restart now button.

Step 3: After computer restarts and displays the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.

Step 4: While the computer restarts, press F4 to start the computer in Safe Mode. If you’ll need to use the Internet, press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

Step 5: Type devmgr in the search box to open the Device Manager.

Step 6: Locate if any error icon is shown in a particular device driver from the list.

Step 7: Right-click on it and choose the Update Driver Software option from the context menu.

Right-click on it and choose the Update Driver Software option from the context menu.

Step 8: Click on the Search automatically for the drivers or Search automatically for updated driver software option.

Click on the Search automatically for the drivers or Search automatically for updated driver software option.

Step 9: Windows will start to look for a newer version of the driver from the Internet. If available, you will be prompted about the same.

Step 10: If the newer version of the driver found, proceed with the installation.

Step 11: Restart your PC.

Solution 11: Update device drivers automatically

Perform the below steps to check if the BattlEye launcher failed error is caused by a faulty drive by running an automatic update for the drivers to the latest available versions.

Step 1: Open the Control Panel in the icons view.

Step 2: Click on the Devices and Printers icon.

Click on the Devices and Printers icon in Control Panel.

Step 3: Right-click on your computer and choose Device installation settings from the context menu.

Right-click on your computer and choose Device installation settings from the context menu.

Step 4: Select Yes (recommended) or Yes, do this automatically (recommended) to do this automatically.

Select Yes (recommended) or Yes, do this automatically (recommended) to do this automatically.

Step 5: Click on the Save Changes button.

Step 6: Follow the necessary steps to continue the process.

Solution 12: Contact BattlEye Support

Escalate the issue to BattlEye support for further assistance.

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