How to Fix MSI Afterburner Failed to Start

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There are two issues that are commonly experienced by the users in MSI Afterburner. They are either enabled to access the graph for customizing the fan speed or the sliders that control the clock speeds do not work. Here is everything that you have to understand.

The first one is if Ctrl + F is not working. The fan speed control can be brought up by tapping the Ctrl + F keyboard shortcut. If you want to try this feature, keep in mind that your GPU must have its own fan in order to be able to use

If you want to check if your GPU has its own fan, you can look at the packaging or box it came in. Another way is to Google its model number. The first thing that you have to do is to right click the taskbar and choose Task Manager from the content menu. Then, go to the Performance tab on the Task Manager. The next thing that should be done is to choose the GPU-1 from the column located on the left. After that, write down the model of your GPU that can be found at the top right of the GPU 1 graph. When it is done, you can visit the official website of the manufacturer for the GPU and check the specifications of your model in order to see if it has a fan of its own. Usually, the GPUs used in laptops do not have their own fan.


If your GPU is confirmed to have its own fan that the MSI Afterburner should be able to control, you may have to enable the fan control itself. To do so, first of all, click the settings button on the main MSI Afterburner interface. Next, go to the Fans tab. If there is no Fan tab, it means the app cannot detect your GPU fan. If you find one, enable the Enabled user defined software automatic fan control option. The last thing that you have to do is to tap Ctrl + F and you will be able to see the fan curve. If there is no GPU fan to control, there are some other apps that you can use to control the fans on a Windows 10 system.

The second method is called sliders inactive. A problem with the app and a restriction with the hardware might be the reasons for the sliders on MSI Afterburner not being inactive. The only thing to fix the issue with the app is to uninstall it. To be able to uninstall it, you need to open the Control Panel first. Then, go to Programs > Uninstall a program. On the next step, choose MSI Afterburner from the list of the installed apps. After that, click the Uninstall button located at the top. When the installation process is on its way, MSI Afterburner will ask if you want to keep your settings. Do not forget to choose NO. Once the app has been uninstalled, you can reinstall it. After installing, you will be able to control the Memory clock and the Core clock at the very least.

Your GPU model might not allow you to change the core voltage and the core power consumption for the chip. If it is the case, the sliders for these two items will not work. All these sorts of restrictions are usually found in GPUs used in laptops and there is no way around them.

A few users of MSI Afterburner have been able to solve the problem when the MSI Afterburner app has failed to start by installing missing C++ redistributable packages. These kinds of packages are able to be downloaded from the website pages, such as:

  • Visual C++ 2008 (x86): https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=29
  • Visual C++ 2008 (x64): https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=15336
  • Visual C++ 2010 9×86): https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=5555
  • Visual C++ 2010 (x64): https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=14632
  • Visual C++ 2013 (x64 & x86): https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=40784
  • Visual C++ 2015: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53587

MSI Afterburner might be easy to use but this one is restricted by the hardware that is installed on the system of your device. Usually, there is not much that can be done except for looking for a different app to customize how the GPU works, or to upgrade the hardware.

For those who are looking to undervolt a GPU or overclock it, you might have heard about an app known as MSI Afterburner. The guides mostly mention this one as an easy and reliable way to overclock a GPU or to undervolt it. This app supports both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, and it is also able to be used to control the fan speed of a GPU. In addition, it is also able to monitor its temperature.

If you are trying to use the thing called MSI Afterburner as the effort to change how the hardware on your system works, and you are unable to change anything or some different kinds of controls are not working, you can do the methods explained above.

MSI Afterburner is definitely not the only one that has issues when starting. Some other apps also share the same problem, such as NVIDIA, Avast, Steam, Google Chrome, and so on. The failed to start error might occur due to missing, corrupted, or outdated C++ and run-time libraries.

If you face the failure to start error for software that usually comes with Windows like NVIDIA Control Panel, you can try restoring the platform to the earlier date. To do that, you need to open Run. When it opens, input rstrui in the Run box and then click the OK option. After that, click Next to go to the restore point list. If the System Restore includes a Show more restore points option, choose that option to expand the restore point list. It will roll Windows back to when that predates the error message. Please click Scan for affected programs to check what software gets deleted for a certain restore point.

If no one of those methods work for you, you may want to try to reset Windows 10. It has been known that resetting Windows 10 can fix a variety of software issues, so it might be worth trying as the final effort.

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