Riot Games recently released update 3.01 for Valorant Episode 3 Act 1. Numerous fans and players reported earlier that after new updates they are facing a certain Required Dependencies error in Valorant.
While this problem has affected many, it can be fixed with a few clicks and changes. Most of the time, problems like these arise when new patch updates come out. Each update comes with new errors even after bug removal.
Every gamer has a different setup, and it is perfectly natural for bugs to pop out when a new update is released. Players usually get the "We couldn’t install a required dependency” error pop-up on their PC while installing the patch.
So if you are wondering how to fix this problem once and for all, then we have you covered.
Here is everything you need to know to fix the Required Dependencies error in Valorant.
Restart PC or Uninstall and Re-install Valorant
First and foremost, the Required Dependencies error is one that stems from the device itself, and it essentially prevents the Riot Games Launcher from functioning properly. Once this message pops up, players cannot update their game.
The most rudimentary method to fix this error is to uninstall Valorant and start from scratch once again by re-installing.
At the same time, players can also choose to restart their PC, and then update. Usually, restarting the PC helps a lot, and the pop-up disappears on its own. However, this may not be the case for everyone, which is why we have other solutions for the Required Dependencies error in Valorant.
Uninstall and Re-install Vanguard
Valorant's strong anti-cheat Vanguard can become tricky to work with sometimes. Numerous players reported that the Required Dependencies error in Valorant stem from the anti-cheat.
Although, one needs to keep Vanguard in their system in order to run Valorant.
The best thing players can do in this situation is to uninstall Vanguard and remove all files related to the anti-cheat from the PC. Once that is done, they can easily reinstall Vanguard from the Riot Games Launcher.
This will not only remove the existing files but also help with Vanguard's installation. In case you cannot see Vanguard in your PC toolbar, follow these steps to uninstall Vanguard:
- Go to Control Panel
- Select Uninstall or Uninstall A Program
- Select Riot Vanguard
- Click Uninstall to remove the program from your PC
Administrator Mode and Firewall Disable
Players may discover that their PC doesn't necessarily run Valorant as an Administrator. This problem is usually one for shared spaces with multiple users, but it is even prevalent with a home PC with only one user.
To run Valorant in Administrator mode, players need to simply right click on the Valorant icon, and select "Run as administrator." This will not only instruct the OS to give Valorant priority over other programs but also fix underlying issues like the Required Dependencies error.
Similarly, players need to make sure that both Valorant and Vanguard are excluded from the Windows Firewall list.
Some PCs may have additional protection like antivirus software which often trigger the Required Dependencies error. Players can fix this by unblocking each and every file related to Valorant that is automatically blocked by the antivirus.
Players need to remember that RiotClienServices.exe and Valorant.exe should always be on the unblocked list both for Firewall and Antivirus.
Update Graphics Drivers
Valorant is exceedingly user friendly and doesn't have too many demands when it comes to minimum graphics requirements. Unlike other popular games like Warzone or Apex Legends, Valorant can run on PCs without graphics cards, as long as the system has integrated graphics.
At the same time, players with graphics cards may face the Required Dependencies error due to outdated drivers. This can be fixed easily by downloading the respective update for the graphics driver.
The Required Dependencies error is a rare issue for NVIDIA users, but just in case it pops up, players can follow any of the aforementioned procedures to fix their game.