How To Fix: Couldn’t Start … CreateProcess() returned 5.

This error happens when you try to launch VALORANT. But no worries, if you run into the VALORANT error “Couldn’t Start … CreateProcess() returned 5”, then the solution might be easier than you think.

Full Error Message:

Couldn't start *:\Riot Games\VALORANT\live\ShooterGame/Binaries/Win64/VALORANT-Win64-Shipping.exe" ShooterGame -remoting-app-port=55944 -remoting-auth-token -ares-deployment=na -config-endpoint=https://shared.na.a.pvp.net -savetousrdir -cultur=en_US -rso-endpoint=https://auth.riotgames.com CreateProcess() returned 5.

Try one of the potential fixes for this problem.

Potential fixes for: Couldn’t Start – CreateProcess() returned 5

  • Restart your computer! That should be an easy fix and solution for this specific VALORANT error.
  • If a simple restart did not fix your problem, uninstall Vanguard via tray icon, start VALORANT and let it re-install Vanguard anti-cheat. The PC then needs another restart and it might work again for you.
  • Try the same from the previous step, but this time run VALORANT as administrator. You can do that by right-clicking the shortcut and choosing “Run as Administrator.”
  • Last but not least you can always try a fresh installation of VALORANT. Make sure you get the latest VALORANT installer from the website.

We hope one of those steps was able to get your game running again after you experienced the “CreateProcess() Returned” error.

Unfortunately, those fix don’t seem to work for every player. If all of those fixes did not help you, please let us know in our Discord to collect more possible solutions.