Valorant Critical Update Required: How To Fix?


Valorant players may at times encounter a daunting message stating “Critical Update Required”. This error typically surfaces when you’re starting up or playing Valorant, and the game is already in progress. However, Riot Games and Valorant are not responsible for these issues. Instead, the error usually signifies that your Windows operating system has hit a snag and, as a precaution, has shut down Valorant to avoid further complications​​.

But worry not, Valorant players! This critical system error might seem intimidating, but there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to resolve the issue and get back to enjoying the game. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the “Critical Update Required” error, including why it happens and what you can do about it​​.

Firstly, when you see the “Critical Update Required” error, you may consider updating your Windows operating system. Microsoft regularly rolls out updates to enhance the security and performance of Windows. Therefore, a Windows update might fix a critical error that has disrupted your Valorant gameplay. Here are the steps to perform a Windows update:

  • Press the Windows Key + I to open PC Settings.
  • Navigate to “Update & Security”, usually found at the end of the options.
  • Click on “Check for Updates”.
  • If there are available updates, click “Install”​​.

If the error persists, it’s time to look at your graphics card. Regular updates to your graphics card drivers can prevent and rectify game crashes. Here’s a conventional method to update your graphics card drivers:

  • Use the Search tab to locate the Control Panel and open it.
  • Click on “Hardware and Sound” to access the Device Manager.
  • Locate and double-click the “Display adapter” option.
  • Right-click on your graphics card in the context menu and select “Update Driver”.
  • Opt for “Automatically search for drivers” and follow the on-screen instructions​​.

For those using an Intel graphics card, it’s recommended to procure the appropriate driver updates from trustworthy graphics card programs, such as the AMD Radeon Software. Updating your graphics card drivers should pave the way for seamless Valorant gameplay​​.

Please note that this guide serves as a preliminary troubleshooting method. If the error continues to appear even after performing these steps, the problem might be more severe, requiring professional assistance.

Remember, while the “Critical Update Required” error may seem like a significant obstacle, it doesn’t have to spell the end of your Valorant gaming experience. Stay updated, stay informed, and most importantly, keep enjoying Valorant! For the latest information on Valorant updates, continue following our posts​​.

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