Every modern EA game relies on Origin.
If you want to play a match of “Battlefield 5”, you’ll need to turn on Origin.
But, if Origin won’t open, then you can’t play the EA games you own.
Fortunately, though, there are several solutions to this problem.
You will, by reading this guide, learn what those solutions are, so that you can play your games.
What Is Origin?
Released in June of 2011, Origin is a digital distribution platform developed by EA.
You can use Origin to purchase titles developed and published by EA.
Some of these titles include “Battlefield”, “Titanfall”, and “The Sims”; along with many others.
Many of EA’s newer titles require you to use Origin.
Even if you purchase “Battlefield”, for example, through Steam, you will still need to open Origin to play the game.
Since this is the case, if Origin is not opening, you are unable to play your EA games.
Why Won’t Origin Open?
Even though Origin is a polished and reliable piece of software, problems can arise.
Some of these problems can lead to Origin not opening.
Some of the most common problems that lead to this situation are as follows: corrupted cache files, core files becoming unusable, as well as corrupted temporary files.
How Can You Fix The Problem?
Since there are several problems that can create a situation where Origin won’t load and open, we will look at several unique solutions.
Each one of these solutions is meant to solve a particular problem.
You will, by the time you’re finished reading this section, know how to solve the most common problems that lead to Origin not loading and opening.
Removing Corrupted Cache Files
Everytime you use Origin, a set of cache files are created.
Each one of these cache files contains the data that Origin uses and relies on most frequently.
Without these cache files, Origin would need to download that data after every start-up.
If you’ve used Origin for a long time, then it’s likely these files are filled with data and, from this, they may have been corrupted.
By deleting these cache files, Origin may be able to open.
Step 01: Turn Off Origin
If Origin is currently running, turn it off.
If Origin is off, then make sure it stays that way, until this process is finished.
Step 02: Open “Run”
To begin this process, you must open the “Run” command window.
The two easiest ways to accomplish this are as follows: press the “Windows” key, and the “R” key, at the same time, or click on the “Start” button, which is on the bottom-left of the screen, and type “Run” into the search bar.
Step 03: Access The “Origin” Folder
Right after “Run” opens, type in “%ProgramData%”.
The “ProgramData” folder will open up. Click on the “Origin” folder.
You will find a plethora of folders within the “Origin” folder.
Delete every single folder and file, except for “LocalContent”.
Step 04: Turn On Origin
Click on “Origin” and see what happens.
If Origin opens up normally, then the problem has been fixed.
As a word of warning, though, if you use Origin frequently, then you may need to repeat this fix sometime later on.
Removing Corrupted Temporary Files
Just like cache files, temporary files are created almost everytime you use Origin.
Sometimes, these files can become corrupt. This can lead to a situation where Origin won’t launch.
Deleting these temporary files will force Origin to create new temporary files. Doing so may solve the problem, letting you turn on Origin and play your games..
Step 01: Show Hidden Files And Folders
To begin this process, click on the “Start” button.
In the search bar, type in “hidden files”.
You will see, underneath “Settings”, “Show Hidden Files And Folders”.
Click on that setting and you will be taken to a new window.
On this window, there is a list of “Advanced Settings”.
One of these settings comes with two options: “Don’t Show Hidden Files, Folders Or Drives” and “Show Hidden Files, Folders, And Drives”.
Click on the second setting. Then, press “Apply” and “Okay”, to close the window and activate the setting.
Step 02: Open “Run”
To open “Run”, you can press the “Windows” key and the “R” key, at the same time, or type “Run” into the Start Menu’s search bar.
Step 03: Delete The Temporary Files
Right after “Run” opens, type in “%AppData%” and press “Enter”.
You will see two folders: “Local” and “Roaming”.
Both folders contain their own “Origin” folder.
Go into both folders, delete the “Origin” folder in both, and close the window.
Step 03: Turn On Origin
Turn on Origin and see what happens.
Just like the previous method, if Origin starts normally, then you’re good to go. But, you may need to repeat this fix, at a later date, if you use Origin on a frequent basis.
Fixing Unusable Core Files
Every program relies on a set of core files that are integral to the functioning of that program.
Just as you might expect, “Origin” is no different.
Sometimes, these core files can become unusable.
If that happens, the program is unable to launch, which means you can’t access the functions that the program offers.
Step 01: Open The Uninstall Menu
To open the uninstall menu, click on the “Start” button.
Click on “Settings”.
On the “Settings” page, click the “System” button.
A pane, on the left, will open.
Click on “Apps & Features”.
A list of installed applications will open.
Step 02: Uninstall Origin
Take a moment to find “Origin”.
Click on “Origin”. And, then, click on the “Uninstall” button.
After a moment or so, Origin will no longer be installed.
Step 03: Reinstall Origin
Go to this link, and download Origin.
Follow the installation process.
After the process is finished, turn on Origin.
The program may need to install some updates.
If, after those updates, Origin functions properly, then the problem has been fixed.