Dirt 5 | Game won’t Launch – Failed to Start | How to fix

Dirt 5 won’t launch – It looks like people are having some trouble in trying to get Dirt 5 to launch via Steam on PC. These startup problems have become so common now in AAA games. Is there a fix though? Let’s find out.

Dirt 5 | Game won’t Launch – Failed to Start | How to fix

Just like every other AAA game this year, Dirt 5 also has a lot of bugs and issues that arrived with it’s release. It has been only a few hours and people have already started making multiple posts regarding the bugs that are surfacing gradually.

One of the major issues that people are facing at the moment, Dirt 5 won’t launch on their Desktop PCs or Laptops. While for some the game is not responding at all, some are getting the following message, whenever they are trying to launch the game :

‘tryCreatingPipelineStateFromCache(pipelineStateDescnullCashedPro, plnOutPipelineState)’failed with ‘HR = 0x8007000e, Reason = Not enough memory resources are available to complete this operation.

How to fix this issue

The good news is, some fixes have popped up already over the forums, and they have been confirmed to work by a lot of users at the Codemasters Forum.

Do you have DirectX 12 installed?

One of the biggest technical details about Dirt 5, that a lot of people seem to have missed is that Dirt 5 runs only on the DirectX 12 API. If you have anything other than DX 12, then you are out of luck here. In order to check the DirectX version on your system:

  1. Press Windows+R keys on your keyboard
  2. Type “dxdiag” inside the box and press Enter
  3. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will pop up
  4. Make sure you are on the System tab, look at the bottom of the System Information list. You should see your DirectX version there

If it is DirectX 12 then you can move further into this guide. If it is not then you already have your answer. You can try downloading and installing the latest DirectX version from here. And see if that works out for you.

You need Windows 10 64-bit (Build 18362) or better to run Dirt 5

The official system requirements for Dirt 5 has it clearly mentioned that you need to have at least 64-Bit Windows 10 (18362) in order to even launch this game. Which means Windows 7 and 8.1 users are out of luck here.

If you don’t know how to check your Windows build then all you have to do is:

  1. Press Windows+R keys on your keyboard
  2. Type winver and press enter

Your build details will pop up in a small window. It should look something like this:

If you are using an old Windows 10 build then it is time that you update your OS.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Update & Security
  3. Click on Check for updates
  4. Wait for the updates to get installed
  5. Restart your PC

Get the latest driver specifically optimized for Dirt 5

Both Nvidia and AMD have dropped video drivers that specifically optimized for Dirt 5. Download and install them. Here are the links:

Are you sure that your Anti-Virus Software is not block the game?

Anti-Virus software hooks very deep into user systems and can affect disk and network operations which can cause launch issues in games. Some games also use copy protection technology that can appear as malicious software to an AV scanner, resulting in potential false-positive alerts.

Try disabling your Anti-Virus software temporarily and then run Dirt 5. It may also be necessary to add exceptions for Dirt 5 in your AV configuration.

These are all the fixes that I have for the time being. If you could provide more details regarding the issue you are having in the comment box below. Then that would make it easier for me to find a specific fix for you. You can also try filling up this Dirt 5 Technical Issue Form and give details about your issue directly to the developers.


If you think that this guide has helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, try checking out our other guides on Dirt 5. Who knows, you might end up finding a something you have been looking for.


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on November 4, 2020

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