Baldur’s Gate 3 – LariLauncher not working

Baldur’s Gate 3 LariLauncher.exe not working – It looks like a lot of people are being unable to play Baldur’s Gate 3 due to the .NET core bug. Is there a fix? Lets find out.

Baldur’s Gate 3 – LariLauncher not working

Baldur’s Gate 3 is finally here on Windows and Stadia, and RPG fans are loving every bit of the game. Despite being in Early Access, Larian Studios has added a ton of stuff in the game, which makes the game feel more like a AAA title.

But there is a problem. Just like every Early Access game, Baldur’s Gate 3 also has a lot of bugs. Some are pretty annoying while some are not so much. The one we are taking a look at here is the .NET Core bug.

So what is this bug all about? Well, whenever some players are trying to start Baldur’s Gate 3, they are getting an error where there is a window with “LariLauncher.exe” written on top and here is what the message says : To run this application, you must install .NET Core. Would you like to download it now?

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Now, when people first saw this error message, they thought that if they just click on “Yes”, then .NET Core will get downloaded. And they will be able to play the game. It seems like that is not the case. Here is what Steam user Cokomantis has to say:

When I try to launch it, i get the following: “to run this application, you must install .NET core. would you like to download it now?”
I obviously click yes, i get 2 options: x64 and x86.
Since my windows is 64bit, i tried x64 first. it was already installed, so i clicked repair. larilauncher still doesn’t work.
Then i downloaded x86 to be sure, installed it. still doesn’t work.
then i uninstalled and reinstalled x64, still nothing.
Uninstalled and reinstalled both, still no.
What to do?

How to fix this issue

Fortunately, there are working fixes for this bug and they have been suggested by some Steam users only, who have managed to fix this issue.

This first fix has been mentioned by a Steam user called ed1g1tal. Here is what he has to say:

This may be due to having your %ProgramFiles% set to other than the C: drive. I fixed this by copying my “G:\Program Files\dotnet” directory (Note your drive may be other than “G:”) to “C:\Program Files\”. Now the Larian launcher should work.

What he means is, just go to the drive labeled C:\ and check the “Program Files” folder, if there is no “dotnet” folder in there go to other drives and look for the same thing, once found, select the folder and copy it, do back to “Program Files” in C:\ and paste.

If the fix mentioned above doesn’t end up working for you, then you can try the second fix that has been mentioned by Moonlit. According to him/her, if you got to this link and download .NET Core directly from there and then install it, the error should be fixed for you. So try doing that.

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Last Updated on October 7, 2020

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