Kodi is the foremost media center software for Windows 11 and 10 with which many users play music and videos. However, a few users have posted on Kodi’s support forum about that software not starting on Windows. The Kodi media center doesn’t open for those users when they try to launch it.
Some users who can’t open Kodi in Windows might simply install and utilize that app on alternative devices. Yet, there are some viable solutions for fixing Kodi when it doesn’t start on Windows. These are some of the best ways to fix Kodi not starting in Windows 11/10.
1. Run Kodi With Administrator Rights
A more basic troubleshooting method for any software that doesn’t open is to run it with admin rights (permissions). Doing so gives software full OS access. This method is especially recommended if your Windows 11/10 account is a standard (non-admin) one. You can set Kodi to always run with elevated permissions in the following steps:
- Click your taskbar’s pinned File Explorer shortcut.
- Bring up the installation folder for Kodi. The default Kodi directory is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Kodi
- Right-click kodi.exe and select Properties.
- Then select Compatibility on the kodi.exe Properties window.
- Click Run this program as an administrator to select that checkbox.
- Press Apply to save Kodi’s new compatibility options.
2. Move Kodi Add-ons to a Different Folder
This is a solution some users have confirmed fixed Kodi not starting on their PCs. Those users moved all their Kodi add-on files into an alternative folder. You can try doing the same thing like this:
- Right-click any empty area on your desktop to select New > Folder.
- Enter a title for the folder.
- Then press Run’s Windows + R keyboard key combo.
- Input %APPDATA%\Kodi\addons in the Open box.
- Click OK to bring up an addons folder.
- Press Ctrl + A to select all the add-on subfolders there.
- Hold the left mouse button to drag the selected subfolders into the folder you added to the desktop.
Then try opening Kodi again. If this resolution works, one of the add-ons you moved is probably either incompatible or corrupted. You can move the add-ons back into their original folder one at a time to identify which one is causing the issue.
3. Delete Kodi’s Addon_Data Folder
Erasing the addon_data folder is another potential resolution for the Kodi app not starting. Deleting that folder will eradicate add-on data. This is how you can delete the add-on_data directory:
- Open the Explorer app for navigating drives.
- Click View > Show in Windows 11 File Explorer to select Hidden Items. You can select the Hidden Items checkbox on Explorer’s View tab in Windows 10.
- Navigate to this Kodi folder:
- Then right-click the addon_data folder to select Delete.
4. Update Graphics Drivers
Some users have said updating graphics drivers fixed Kodi not starting on their PCs. So, check if your video card’s driver needs updating. You can update a graphics driver with a method in our guide for updating GPU drivers on Windows.
5. Run the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer
Missing DirectX runtime files can cause numerous issues for games and more general multimedia software packages like Kodi. Running the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer will replace missing DirectX components in Windows if needed. These are the steps for running the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer:
- Open Microsoft’s DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer webpage.
- Click the Download button to save the package.
- Bring up your browser’s Downloads tab. If you’re using Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Opera, you can press Ctrl + J to view a Downloads tab.
- Click the dxwebsetup.exe file in the Downloads tab.
- Then select I accept the agreement in the DirectX setup window and press the Next button.
- Uncheck the Install Bing Bar option if you don’t want that software.
- Click Next again to proceed with installing components.
6. Update Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable
If you see an error message that references an api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll, or a similar DLL file, when trying to launch Kodi, you may need to update your PC’s Visual C++ Redistributable packages. Visual C++ Redistributable packages provide some DLL dependency files Kodi needs. You can update Visual C++ packages as follows:
- Open the Visual C++ Redistributable package download page.
- Click the X64 download link for Visual Studio 2015-2022 highlighted below.
- Next, open the tab that lists downloaded files in your browser from its menu or with a hotkey.
- Click the VC_redist.x64.exe file to bring up the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable window.
- Select the I agree box for terms and conditions.
- Then click Install to update Microsoft Visual C++ packages.
7. Perform a Clean Boot
Clean booting is a troubleshooting method that disables third-party programs and services from the Windows startup. Disabling such startup items minimizes background processes. If there’s something in the background conflicting with Kodi, performing a clean boot will probably stop that app or service from automatically starting.
You can perform a clean boot by disabling all third-party startup programs and services with MSConfig. Or you can manually disable the startup software in Task Manager. Check out our guide to clean booting in Windowsfor full details.
Restart your PC after setting Windows to clean boot. Then try opening Kodi again after restarting. If it works, you can either keep all third-party startup software and services disabled or try to identify which one is causing the issue.
8. Reinstall Kodi
You may need to reinstall Kodi if it still doesn’t open after applying the potential resolutions above. Doing so will clear all of Kodi’s data and replace all its files and registry entries. This is how you can reinstall Kodi in Windows 11/10.
- Bring up Programs and Features with any method specified in our guide for opening the Windows uninstaller tool.
- Select the Kodi media center listed there.
- Press Kodi’s Uninstall button.
- Click Next twice in the Kodi Uninstall wizard
- Select the Yes, I am sure and grant permission to also delete the profile folder option.
- Press the wizard’s Uninstall button.
- To remove leftovers, navigate to this folder in File Explorer:
- Right-click the Kodi folder and select the Delete button with the trash bin icon in Windows 11.
- Select to restart your Windows 11/10 laptop or desktop.
- Go to the Kodi v19.4 download webpage in your browser.
- Click Installer (64BIT) to download Kodi’s installer.
- Open whatever folder your browser downloaded Kodi in.
- Double-click the kodi-19.4-Matrix-x64.exe file.
- Then go through Kodi’s setup wizard to reinstall the software. Select the Full installation option with the Microsoft Visual C++ packages box checked in the setup wizard.
Alternatively, you can install the Kodi UWP app instead. To do so, click Get in Store app on Kodi’s Microsoft Store page. Then click Get in the Microsoft Store app.
Enjoy Your Media Content in Kodi
The potential solutions outlined above will probably kick-start Kodi for most users who need to fix that software not launching. With Kodi fixed, you can sit back and enjoy your favorite media content again. There are some notable alternatives to the Kodi media center, such as Media Portal, but try applying all potential resolutions above before considering other software options.