How to Uninstall Valorant?

how to uninstall valorant

How to uninstall Valorant and fix the bugs in the game?

Although Valorant is a top-rated free-to-play multiplayer FPS game with 14 million players per month, players often complain about game crashes, bugs, and engine failures. These issues players can fix most of the time by themselves, but sometimes the only way to fix them and improve the game is by uninstalling and reinstalling it.

Or maybe you are just sick and tired of the game, wasting your time on it, and you simply want to uninstall it. This is a guide on how to do it. And you probably wonder why you need instructions on how to uninstall Valorant, but trust us, it’s not as simple as it sounds.

You need to take a few extra steps before uninstalling the game. Let’s see how to uninstall it.

How to uninstall Valorant?

First things first, you have to close and uninstall Vanguard, Valorant’s controversial anti-cheat detection system, and its associated vgk.sys file.

Open your system tray to close Vanguard (you can find it on the bottom right-hand side of your desktop). Then right-click on the red Vanguard icon and select exit.

how to uninstall valorant

There will immediately pop up the message asking if you want to “turn off” Vanguard. Click Yes.

Valorant will not run without Vanguard. You will have to restart your computer to re-enable Vanguard and get back into the game.

For more detailed guides, go to Valorant Support.

After the Vanguard uninstallation is finished, right-click on Valorant and press uninstall. This way, you will uninstall the game from your device.

How to install and reinstall Valorant?

Go to the official Valorant website. Click the icon Play Free to open up the Riot account. Then sign in to your Riot account if you have one, or create a new account by email address or logging in with a Google account, Apple user ID, or Facebook account.

Click the ‘Download’ icon to load an application to your PC when you log in. The downloaded file ‘Install VALORANT.exe’ will be situated in your downloads folder. Run the file.

Click on ‘Advanced’ on the Riot Games installation window to select the installation drive and location for the game. Then press ‘Install’ and let the Riot client install some essential files.

After a short download of around 200 MB, a new window will pop up. Let it update and install the Valorant game. To proceed, you will have to sign up again and accept the terms of service.

If you don’t want to enter your password every time you run the game, be sure to check ‘Stay Signed In’. After the installation is complete, restart your PC or laptop.

What to do if you are unable to uninstall Valorant?

Sometimes users cannot entirely remove the Valorant game or its anti-cheat software. This issue was often reported during the beta stages, which directed the game developers to change Vanguard and make it more user-friendly.

However, some files may remain in place depending on how the software is removed. 

Vanguard software runs at the kernel level, it is challenging to remove it by traditional means. When it happens, users usually find that Vanguard’s vgk.sys file remains in the installation directory despite removing the software through the steps we mentioned.

Luckily, there are a few tips that players can use to remove vgk.sys and uninstall anti-cheat software easily:

  • Run Windows in Safe Mode
  • Change the file extension from vgk.sys to * .txt
  • Remove vgk.sys via command prompt
  • Type command prompt in the Windows search bar, right-click the result, and choose “Run as administrator”. Then type “sc delete vgc” click enter, type “sc delete vgk” and click enter again. Now restart your computer, locate the Vanguard installation folder (usually in C: Program Files), and delete the entire directory.

Enjoy the game!