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How do I fix Borderlands failed to start error code 80?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The "Borderlands failed to start error code 80" is a Steam error code that indicates that the Steam client is not running. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but is usually caused by either a corrupted Steam installation or a third-party anti-virus program interfering with Steam.

1. Verify that your computer meets the system requirements for Borderlands

To verify that your computer meets the system requirements for Borderlands, you will need to check the following:

  1. Are you running the latest version of Windows?

  2. Do you have the latest drivers and software installed?

  3. Are your graphics settings optimal?

  4. Are you using the recommended hardware?

  5. Are you connected to the internet?

  6. Are you using the recommended storage space?

  7. Are you running the recommended operating system?

  8. If you are running a 64-bit operating system, are you using the correct version of Windows?

  9. Are you signed in to the Microsoft account that is associated with your computer?

  10. Are you using the recommended language and keyboard settings?

  11. Are you using the recommended language and region?

  12. Are you using the recommended version of Borderlands? To verify that your computer meets the system requirements for Borderlands, you can follow these steps:

  13. Open Windows Update.

  14. In the left-hand column, click on the Update Options icon.

  15. On the right-hand side, under “Update type,” select “Advanced options.”

  16. On the left-hand side, under “Windows Update advanced options,” click on the “See all updates” link.

  17. In the “See all updates” window, click on the “Download updates” link.

  18. In the “Windows Update downloads” window, click on the “Borderlands” link.

  19. In the “Borderlands” window, click on the “Download updates” link.

  20. Click on the “Install updates” button.

  21. When the updates are installed, click on the “OK” button.

  22. Close Windows Update.

  23. Restart your computer.

  24. Launch Borderlands.

  25. If the game does not start, try to update your graphics drivers and software.

  26. If the game still does not start, try to update your operating system.

  27. If the game still does not start, try to update your graphics drivers and software, update your operating system, and reinstall Borderlands.

2. Update your video card drivers

  1. Open Device Manager by clicking on the Start button and typing "device manager" in the search box.
  2. Click on the Video adapters icon.
  3. Right-click on the video adapter you wish to update and select Update Driver.
  4. The Update Driver Wizard will open. Select the location of the driver file and click on Next.
  5. Select the device type to update and click on Next.
  6. Select the drivers you wish to update and click on Next.
  7. Click on Finish.
  8. The driver installation will begin.
  9. When the driver installation is complete, click on Restart now to apply the changes.

3. Reinstall Borderlands

  1. Open the Borderlands folder on your computer.
  2. Double-click the Borderlands_2.exe file.
  3. Click the "Install Borderlands" button.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. When the installation is complete, click the "Launch Borderlands" button.
  6. If the "Borderlands Failed to Start" error message appears, click the "Reset Borderlands" button.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  8. When the reset is complete, click the "Launch Borderlands" button.

4. Try running the game in Compatibility Mode

  1. Launch Borderlands in your preferred platform.
  2. Click on the "Settings" button on the top-left corner of the game's main window.
  3. Under "General," select "Compatibility Mode."
  4. Click on the "OK" button.
  5. The game should now run in compatibility mode. If not, try restarting your computer and/or platform.

5. Try running the game as an Administrator

  1. Open the SYSTEM folder in your Windows installation, and locate the file named administrator.msc.
  2. Right-click on the administrator.msc file and select Run as Administrator from the context menu.
  3. Enter your Windows login name and password when prompted, and click OK.
  4. In the Administrator window, click on the Start button, click on Control Panel, and then click on System.
  5. In the System window, click on the Advanced system settings link.
  6. In the Advanced system settings window, click on the Environment Variables link.
  7. In the Environment Variables window, click on the Path variable link.
  8. In the Path variable window, type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Borderlands\Bin and click on the OK button.
  9. In the Environment Variables window, click on the PATH variable again, and this time enter %ProgramFiles%\Steam\SteamApps\common\Borderlands\Bin; click on the OK button.
  10. Close the System window, and click on the OK button in the Administrator window to close it.

Some users might also have success with the following opitons:

  1. Restart your computer and try again.
  2. Disable any antivirus or firewall software you have running.
  3. Delete the Config.ini file located in your My Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config folder.
  4. Delete the WillowEngine.ini file located in your My Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config folder.
  5. Try verifying the integrity of your game files through Steam.