Roblox Failed To Create Directory, Error 3 [Tested Methods]

Facing the Failed to Create Directory error in Roblox? Try Manually Creating the Directory and more to get around the problem.

Roblox has been quickly growing into the one-for-all gaming platform for many. But, even with its apparent simplicity, it is not without problems. During installation, Roblox players have been met with the Failed to Create a Directory, Error 3.

As in the name, the error pops up when the installer fails to create a directory. But, fear not, let me take the oars, and I will take you to the shore.

The error reads, ‘An error occurred while starting Roblox… Failed to create a directory, Error =3.’ 
Roblox Failed to Create Directory, Error 3
Roblox Directory Error (Image by eXputer)
Key Takeaways

Below are a few fixes to the problem:

  1. Run the Installer as an Admin.
  2. Manually Create the Directory.

Run The Installer As An Administrator

Generally, applications should be able to create directories without problems. However, this is when they have the permission for it. So, if you or the operating system do not permit them, they can’t access any admin-locked areas on your computer. This is a problem as the setup doesn’t allow you to choose an install location.

The default installation is in the AppData folder, which requires admin access. So, not providing this can cause the Roblox Installer to throw Error 3. However, you can get around this by running the installer as an administrator. Doing so would give it the required control and permissions it desires, thus killing the problem.

Manually Create The Directory

If the method above does not cut it, an issue that many players also realized was that the path just didn’t exist. In simpler words, the application is trying to create a directory in a non-existing location, which is impossible. You can understand it as trying to find Santa’s Workshop at the South Pole.

Thankfully, the error tells you what path this is, so manually creating it is simple.

  • Note: Depending on your system, you might need to create this folder at a different location. So, be sure to verify it from your error message first.

Follow the steps as such:

  1. Press Win + R to open Run > Type ‘%localappdata’ > Press Enter.
  2. Open the Roblox directory > Create a new folder named ‘Downloads.’
    manually creating the directory to solve the failed to creat director error
    Creating the Downloads Folder (Image Captured by eXputer)
  3. Re-run the Roblox Setup.

My Thoughts On Roblox Failed to Create Directory Error 3

Dealing with installer errors can be annoying, especially when it takes the front seat. I believe it is a huge oversight to not allow to change the install location and then fail to create even a directory. But, at least the message was descriptive of what went wrong, and the solutions were simple. 

The problem has also been frequent, with reports on Reddit, Roblox, WRD, and Microsoft Community Forums. Still, the Official Roblox Twitter handle never acknowledged the problem. However, that is a common theme with Roblox, regardless of the severity of the issue. 

While this is disappointing, this is just how Roblox has done things for a while. But if Error 3 pops up in Roblox, I am sure this guide will be able to get you into the game.

Lastly, I recommend contacting Roblox Support for personalized help if the issue persists. They will be better suited to handle the problem based on your scenario.

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Hashim writes about error fixes and opinion pieces at eXputer, bringing a lifelong passion for gaming that started with his Xbox 360. His favorite gaming memories epic battles from Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2, killing zombies in COD Black Ops 2, and defeating the Koenigsegg in NFS Most Wanted 2. He brings over 1,000 hours of gameplay to his gaming tips and reviews.

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