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Minecraft exit code 255: 9 fixes

Minecraft exit code 255: 9 fixes
Written by ga_dahmani
Minecraft exit code 255: 9 fixes

Minecraft is one of the most popular action-adventure sandbox games of all time, and despite being over a decade old, the game’s popularity isn’t waning. However, massive popularity does not guarantee perfect performance and that is also true for Minecraft.

Just like everything else in tech, Minecraft also has its fair share of random bugs and glitches that keep causing issues from time to time. In this article, we take a look at Minecraft exit code 255, what causes it, and what you can do to fix the problem.


Exit code 255 is usually displayed when the game crashes while running. There are three types of 255 codes that further describe the problem.

  • Error 255 Crash: General code 255 indicating that the game had a problem while running and crashed. It usually happens when the game cannot handle the input data.
  • Error 255 Memory Leak: Memory leaks can cause the game to run very slowly, and are usually caused by deallocation in a non-C++ program.
  • Error 255 Logic error: Caused by data handling errors in the game’s source code.

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Here are nine fixes that should help you fix Minecraft exit code 255.

restart the game

Restarting the game or your PC (or console) is also a good idea. Sometimes temporary bugs in the game will not allow you to load into worlds or crash while loading a certain biome. In such cases, restarting the game or your PC may resolve the error.


Run Minecraft as administrator

Running Minecraft with administrator privileges can help you fix any permissions issues that may hamper the game’s functionality, especially with regards to writing data to your disk, which can lead to such crashes. Try running Minecraft as administrator to see if that fixes the problem.


Reinstall the launcher

Another thing you need to do is remove the existing Minecraft launcher from your computer and download it again from minecraftft.net. Make sure you get the correct flavor based on your operating system and platform. Once the download is complete, install the launcher and try to sign in to your Microsoft account again.

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Repair the Visual C++ runtime

Visual C++ Runtime Library Repair can repair any corrupted or damaged files that are causing the error.

Step 1: press the Windows key + R to open the Run immediate. Write appwiz.cpl and press enter.

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Step 2: Find Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime (2012 and later), select them and click the Change button. Follow the instructions to repair the library.

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Reboot your computer and try running the program again.


Reinstall the Visual C++ runtime

If repairing the C++ libraries didn’t help, try reinstalling them from scratch to see if that solves your problem.

Step 1: press the Windows key + R to open the Run immediate. Write appwiz.cpl and press enter.

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Step 2: Find Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime (2012 and later), select them and click the uninstall button.

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Go to microsoft support to download and install the latest Visual C++ runtimes and install them.

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check your hard drive

Problems with your storage drive can also cause Minecraft to lose access to files it needs to run the game, leading to crashes. If that’s the case, run a disk scan to check your drive and take the appropriate action.

Check out this detailed guide to know how to run a disk checkup on Windows.

Update your graphics drivers

Outdated graphics drivers often cause problems with video output in some games. Check that you have the latest graphics drivers.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run immediate. Write devmgmt.msc and press enter.

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Step 2: Scroll down to find Display adapters — double-click to expand and see all your graphics cards.

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Step 3: Right click on your graphics cards and select Update driver.

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Step 4: Select Automatically search for updated driver software. Windows will automatically download and install any updates that are available.

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Restart your PC and the screen should be fine.

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Run an antivirus scan

Sometimes your antivirus may flag a Minecraft game file as a false positive and quarantine it, causing the game to lose access to files needed to load a certain world or specific biomes. In such cases, running an antivirus scan can reveal the real culprit.

This is how you can run a full scan on your PC using Windows Security.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search Windows security. Click on the corresponding search result.

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Step 2: Click Protection against viruses and threats.

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Step 3: Click Scan Options.

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Step 4: Select Complete analisis and click scan now to start scanning your PC for malware.

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Reboot your PC before launching the game and it should work fine.


Update Windows and Minecraft

Updating the game and its operating system can also help resolve the issue by removing any underlying bugs that are hampering functionality.

Check out this guide to quickly update Windows or pause updates if it's hindering your game. 

You can also check out this guide to update Windows 10 from Command line and Powershell. 

If you're facing issues while updating Windows 10, go here.

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