Many Minecraft players complain that they cannot launch the game due to the error code 5. Are you still troubled by it? Don’t be alarmed. In today’s article, MiniTool will introduce 4 effective troubleshooting methods to you.

Minecraft provides players with wonderful game experiences. However, it is not so satisfying when you encounter some errors like Minecraft error code 5, Minecraft LAN not working and etc. In the following content, we will discuss how to fix the error code 5.

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Method 1. Run Your Minecraft Launcher Administrator

If you don’t give the launcher enough privileges to start, you may encounter Minecraft error code 5. You can run your Minecraft launcher with administrator privileges to fix the error. Here’s how:

Step 1. Right-click the Minecraft launcher and select Properties.

Step 2. In the properties window, navigate to the Compatibility tab and check the box of Run this program as an administrator.

run Minecraft launcher as administrator

Step 3. Click the Apply and OK buttons to save the change. Then you can try launching Minecraft and check if the error is fixed or not.

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Method 2. Download a New Minecraft Launcher 

Downloading a new Minecraft launcher is an alternative to resolve the error. You can download it from the hyperlink that your Minecraft’s Nativelog.txt file provides. Here is a full guide.

Tip: Nativelog.txt is a log file which usually locates in the Minecraft launcher shortcut on your desktop.

Step 1. Find the Nativelog.txt file in the Minecraft folder, and then copy the URL link in the file that includes Minecraft launcher.exe.

Step 2. Paste the link in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter, and download a new Minecraft launcher from the website

Step 3. Replace the original launcher with the new one. Then you can run the new launcher and see if error 5 code still persists.

Method 3. Copy the Tmplauncher File to the Minecraft Folder

In addition to downloading a new Minecraft launcher, you can also fix the error by copying the Tmplauncher file to the Minecraft folder. It is relatively simple to do.

Step 1. Open your File Explorer and navigate to the location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Minecraft\tmp.

Step 2. Find the Tmplauncher file and click Ctrl + C keys to copy it.

Step 3. In the C:\Program Files (x86)\Minecraft folder, find the Minecraft.exe and click Delete key to delete the file.

Step 4. Then right-click the blank space in the Minecraft folder and select the Paste option.

Step 5. Rename the Tmplauncher file to Minecraft.exe. Then you can launch Minecraft and check if the problem is resolved or not.

Method 4. Update Java Version

If all the above methods fail to work, you can try updating the current Java version. As you know, Minecraft requires Java to run. If the Java version gets outdated, you may encounter Minecraft error code 5 as well. Follow the detailed steps below to update the Java version.

Step 1. Press Win + R keys to call out the Run box, and then type appwiz.cpl in the box and hit Enter.

type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box

Step 2. Type Java in the search box and hit Enter to check your Java version.

java version

If your Java version is not the latest version Java 8 Update 161, you should right-click this version and select Uninstall to delete it. Then you can follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download the latest Java version from here based on your needs.

Note: Make sure the 32-bit Java version for 32-bit browsers and 64-bit Java version for 64-bit browsers.

Step 2. Here we take Google Chrome for example, click Customize Google Chrome >Help >About Google Chrome to check if it’s a 32 or 64-bit version browser.

check your Google Chrome bit version

Step 3. Open the Java setup folder to install the latest version. Now, you can re-launch your Minecraft to see if the error code 5 is fixed.

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