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Shadow of War Will Not Launch

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We pre-purchased and pre-installed the game Middle Earth Shadow of War on our gaming PC through Steam this week only to discover it would not load when we clicked Play. I wanted to post our fix here in case anyone else searching the Web for clues to this needs help. 

  • Tried uninstalling and reinstalling the game (all 100gigs worth). 
  • Tried rolling back the nVidia graphics driver.
  • Tried cursing (made me feel better but did not fix the issue). 
  • Scanned and verified the game from within Steam
  • Ran sfc /scannow from the command line to make sure Windows was OK.

I ultimately realized the issue was with Visual C++ Redistributable

I had multiple version installed. Some were very old. I removed them all and installed Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 from here and that fixed it.

If anyone else had problems getting Middle Earth Shadow of War to load and found different solutions, let us know. 

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