How to Fix GameLoop's “Failed to Start the Emulator” Error in Windows 10 & 11 – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Fix GameLoop's “Failed to Start the Emulator” Error in Windows 10 & 11 – MUO – MakeUseOf

Get GameLoop working again and hop back into your Android games with these tips for Windows.
GameLoop (formerly known as Tencent Gaming Buddy) is among the best Android game emulators for Windows 10 and 11. Millions of players enjoy the best mobile games on their PCs with that software. Yet, some users can’t play Android games in GameLoop because of a “Failed to start the emulator” error.
That GameLoop error occurs for some users whenever they try to start (load) games in the emulator. Emulator games don’t start when GameLoop throws up its “Failed to start the emulator” error message. This is how you can fix that error in Windows 11/10.
This potential solution for the “Failed to start the emulator” error is more of a workaround than a fix, but it’s worked for some players. GameLoop has a Multi-window option for opening a new window from which to launch a game. Try starting an affected game by selecting GameLoop’s Multi-window option like this:
Some GameLoop users have confirmed fixing the Tencent data folder resolves the “Failed to start the emulator” error. Before you do that, make sure GameLoop isn’t still running in the background by disabling its process in Task Manager if necessary. Then delete the Tencent folder as follows:
Many GameLoop users have resolved the “Failed to start emulator” error by disabling an aow_exe.exe background process. Those users needed to utilize a third-party Process Hacker software to terminate that process instead of Task Manager. This is how you can terminate aow_exe.exe with Process Hacker:
Corrupted data in the Prefetch and Temp folders can also cause GameLoop issues. Therefore, it’s recommended to clear the data in those folders in the following steps:
An outdated graphics driver on your PC could be another potential cause for the “Failed to start” error. The graphical requirements of mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty are comparable to their Windows counterparts. So, make sure your PC’s GPU (graphics processor unit) has the latest driver available. Our guide to updating graphics drivers on Windows includes full guidelines for updating a GPU’s driver.
GameLoop has a Repair Now option that has fixed the “Failed to start the emulator” error for some players. If that option worked for them, it could feasibly fix the same issue for you. You can select that Repair option in the following steps:
If you still need to fix the “Failed to start the emulator” error after applying the potential solutions above, try reinstalling the GameLoop software. This is how you can reinstall GameLoop in Windows.
The “Failed to start the emulator” error is a widely cited GameLoop issue many users have fixed with the confirmed solutions in this guide. So, one of them will probably resolve the “Failed to start the emulator” error on your Windows PC.
If, however, the issue persists, note that there are some good alternative Android emulators to GameLoop for Windows, such as BlueStacks. So, you can play your favorite Android games in one of the alternative emulators instead.
Jack has been a freelance tech journalist for more than a decade. He has covered Windows Vista, 7, 10, and 11 topics within a multitude of guides for MakeUseOf and numerous other websites.


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