Solved: How do I fix “Invalid game executable” Apex Legends R5Apex.exe launch error?

Problem: Windows users encountered the ‘Invalid game executable‘ launch error every time attempt to start Apex Legends. This launch error unable to fix even reinstall Apex Legends and Origin.

Solved: How do I fix "Invalid game executable" Apex Legends R5Apex.exe launch error?
Solved: How do I fix “Invalid game executable” Apex Legends R5Apex.exe launch error?

Follow below solution steps to resolve invalid game executable launch error.

Content Summary

Potential Causes
Solution 1: Restore R5APEX.exe from Antivirus
Solution 2: Repair Game’s files
Solution 3: Clear Game’s Local Cache
Solution 4: Execute R5Apex.exe in Compatibility Mode
Solution 5: Repair Easy Cheat Engine
Solution 6: Install Windows Update (KB3173424 and KB3172614)
Reference

Potential Causes

  • R5Apex.exe got blocked by Antivirus
  • Corrupted game files or cache
  • Executable compatibility issue
  • Corrupted Easy Cheat Engine
  • Missing Windows Update

Solution 1: Restoring R5APEX.exe from Antivirus

For AVG
Step 1: Open the AVG app.

Step 2: Go to Menu > Quarantine tab.

Step 3: Click on R5APEX.exe.

Step 4: Click on the drop-down tab by the yellow delete button.

Step 5: Click on Restore and add exception.

Restore and add exception in AVG
Restore and add exception in AVG

For Avast
Step 1: Open Avast.

Step 2: Go to the Protection tab > Virus Chest.

Step 3: Locate the R5Apex.exe, select it and next to the delete button, there should be a More drop down menu.

Step 4: Click on Restore and add Exception option.

For Windows Defender
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2: Type ms-settings:windowsdefender and press Enter to open the Windows Defender window.

Step 3: Click on Virus & threat protection.

Virus & threat protection in Windows Security
Virus & threat protection in Windows Security

Step 4: Click on the Protection history link.

Protection history link in Windows Security
Protection history link in Windows Security

Step 5: Scroll down to the Quarantined threats menu to locate the R5Apex.exe file.

Step 6: Click on it to expand the drop-down menu.

Step 7: Click on Restore to bring the R5Apex.exe file back to the game folder.

Step 8: Restart the computer.

Solution 2: Repair Game’s files

Step 1: Open Origin.

Step 2: Click on My Game Library.

Step 3: Click on the gear button associated with Apex Legends and choose on Repair from the context menu. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the repair process.

Repair game in Origin
Repair game in Origin

Step 4: Restart origin.

Solution 3: Clear Game’s Local Cache

Step 1: Go to the C:\Users\"Username"\Saved Games\Respawn\Apex\local

Step 2: Press Ctrl + A to select everything inside the local folder.

Step 3: Right-click on a selected item and choose Delete from the context menu.

Rtep 4: Restart your computer.

Solution 4: Execute R5Apex.exe in Compatibility Mode

Step 1: Go to the location where you install Apex Legends. The default location is: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Apex\

Step 2: Right-click on R5Apex.exe and choose Properties from the context menu.

Step 3: Click on the Compatibility tab.

Step 4: Check Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows 7 from the list of OS versions.

Choose Windows 7 compatibility mode for R5Apex.exe
Choose Windows 7 compatibility mode for R5Apex.exe

Step 5: Click the Apply button to save the changes.

Step 6: Restart your PC.

Solution 5: Repair Easy Cheat Engine

Step 1: Go to the location where you install Apex Legends. The default location is: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Apex\

Step 2: Double-click on the EasyAntiCheat folder.

Step 3: Right-click on EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe and choose Run as Administrator from the context menu. If UAC (User Account Control) prompted, click Yes to grant admin access.

EasyAntiCheat_Setup
EasyAntiCheat_Setup

Step 4: Click on Repair Service, and confirm your choice. Wait until the Easy Anti Cheat repair service to complete.

Repair Service for Easy Anti-Cheat
Repair Service for Easy Anti-Cheat

Step 5: Click on Finish.

Solution 6: Install Windows Update (KB3173424 and KB3172614)

Step 1: Go to Microsoft Update Catalog to download KB3173424 and KB3172614.

Step 2: Execute the downloaded .msu installer with Run as Administrator option and follow the on-screen instruction to install the KB3173424 and KB3172614 update.

Step 3: Restart your PC.

Reference

Reddit > [Launch Error] Invalid game executable (\Origin Games\Apex\R5Apex)

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