Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing [FIX]

This error guide will help you fix the Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing by prividing fixes such as Disabling anti-virus, Clearing cache, and Granting sufficient permissions etc.

Destiny 2 being stuck on initializing is a fairly common issue many players encounter while trying to launch the game. There can be a number of issues that can cause Destiny 2 to be stuck on initializing in the launcher, ranging from corrupted files to bad network connection or even faulty cache files interfering with the connection of the game.

You can easily fix Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing by simply following the methods listed in this guide further down below.

The error appears when a user tries to update Destiny 2. The download bar is stuck on “initializing” and not progressing any further.
Destiny 2 Stuck On Initialization
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Key Takeaways

Here are all the methods through which you can fix the Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing error:

  1. Fix Corrupted Game Files.
  2. Launch as an Administrator.
  3. Disable antivirus.
  4. Delete the cache.
  5. Close any background process.
  6. Reinstall the Destiny 2.
Before we get into the article, make sure to Restart the Modem and test your Internet Connection.

Close Any Battle.Net Background Processes

Another effective method to fix the issue is to relaunch the launcher completely, but there may be processes running in the background even after closing the launcher.

So, in order to ensure a complete reset of the launcher, you have to close any blizzard-related programs that may be running in the background. You can visit our guide to How To Terminate Unnecessary Programs if you need help in this regard.

Note: There is a chance that another instance of Destiny 2 may already be running, causing this error to occur.

Disable Antivirus

Your Windows Defender and virus protection software may be interfering with the launcher and making it unable to access files on the system properly. So, you must temporarily disable the virus and threat protection to see if it fixes the issues. However, make sure to turn it back ON.

 Warning: Ensure turning your anti-virus back ON as soon as possible because disabling it makes your system prone to malware. 

If the antivirus turns out to be the problem, you can whitelist the game, as it is much easier than turning it off every time.

Fix Corrupted Game Files

Corrupted game files are always responsible for various issues that may hamper the game in many different ways, like crashing and freezing. In this particular scenario, is stuck on a loop, unable to find the necessary files to continue with the download. Therefore, due to missing/corrupted files, your game is stuck on initializing.

There are a few methods to fix this issue, but the most effective one is temporarily removing the game from the directory.

Here is how you can easily remove the game from the directly without redownloading:

  1. Start the update of Destiny 2, and after 5 to 10 minutes, pause the update.
  2. Now, find the Destiny 2 game directory.
  3. Rename the Destiny 2 folder to any alternative name.
  4. Now, Click on the install button on the launcher when you open the launcher again.
  5. Before the launcher starts installing the game, go back to the directory folder and change the Destiny 2 folder to its original name.
  6. Lastly, simply relaunch and click on the install button to see if will detect any missing or corrupted game files.

The majority of players were having problems in the game due to corrupted files, and they were able to solve the issue through this method.

Launch As An Administrator

Destiny 2 being stuck on initialization might occur due to the launcher’s inability to find the appropriate files needed to continue the game’s initialization process.

So, it’s necessary to ensure that the launcher has permission to read and write any files necessary for the initializing process. You can do this by running the launcher as an administrator

Delete The Blizzard.Net Cache

The launcher stores temporary files on the computer so that the launcher can effectively launch the game with the proper settings.

These files may have been piling up for a long time and then gotten corrupted at some point. This may be the reason why you’re facing the initialization error for Destiny 2.

The best course of action is to simply delete the cache folder to reset the cache files of the launcher. This fix has helped other users in the Bungie forum successfully launch their game as well.

Reinstall the Game

If none of the methods listed above are working towards fixing the issue, then your final course of action is to reinstall the game from scratch completely.

Completely reinstalling games has been shown to fix issues like these that won’t be fixed by attempting various known solutions like those listed above. Here is how you can easily uninstall the game from the launcher.

  1. Launch and open the Destiny 2 section.
  2. Now, press the options button and select the uninstall option to uninstall the game successfully.
  3. You can reinstall the game to see if the issue is fixed.

Final Words

Applying all the different methods listed above will surely be able to fix your launcher because these are the most used methods that will get your Destiny 2 out of the initializing loop.

According to my experience in writing troubleshooting guides, in most scenarios, this kind of error originates on the server end. When the server isn’t responding properly to your Blizzard game launcher, it gets stuck while initializing files download. You can always check the Destiny 2 server status page to see if the issue is server-side or not. Simply wait for the issue to fix itself. 

However, if the game’s working well for other players and it’s your launcher that’s presenting such an issue, then the above methods are a guaranteed fix. 


Can Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing error occur due to server downtime?

Yes, the server downtime can also cause the Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing error.

How can I fix Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing?

You can fix Destiny 2 PC Stuck on Initializing by deleting the cache folder.

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Ayyoun is a Senior Writer & Editor for Error Fixes, and Game Settings guides on eXputer. He’s been passionate about games and technology since he got his hands on the PlayStation 1. He has a software engineering background and loves to play games from a technical perspective. He has a knack for uncovering solutions for the latest games and presenting them in easy-to-follow guides for his audience. You can keep up with his gaming activity on his Steam profile.

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