If you’re an Xbox One user, you know how frustrating it can be when games take too long to start. This error can prevent you from enjoying your favorite games and apps. Don’t worry, though – we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll show you some simple solutions to fix this error and get you back to gaming in no time.
Check the status of Xbox Live services
If you’re experiencing the “Game Took Too Long To Start” error, it’s worth checking the status of Xbox Live services. Some apps and games rely on Xbox Live to function properly, so if there’s an issue with the service, you might encounter this problem. Visit the Xbox website and check if Xbox Live Core Services are running. If they’re not, you’ll have to wait until Microsoft fixes the issue.
Start the app again
Sometimes, simply restarting the app can resolve the issue. Stop the app first by going to the Home screen, highlighting the problematic app, pressing the Menu button, and selecting Quit. After waiting for 10 seconds or more, try starting the app again.
Restart your console
Another solution is to restart your console. Problems with the cache can cause the “Game Took Too Long To Start” error. To clear the cache, scroll left on the Home screen to open the Guide, select Settings, choose Restart console, and confirm. Alternatively, you can hold the power button for 10 seconds until the console turns off and then press the power button to turn it back on. Restarting the console and clearing the cache might require a few attempts before the error is fixed.
Change your region settings
Changing the region settings on your console might help resolve the error. Set your region to USA by signing in, scrolling left on the Home screen, selecting Settings > All Settings, choosing System > Language & location, selecting a new location, and restarting the console. Some services might not be available in certain regions, so choose carefully. Keep in mind that you can only change your region once every three months.
Try installing apps and games on your internal hard drive
If you’re using an external hard drive, it could be the cause of the error. Try installing your apps and games on the internal hard drive instead and see if the problem persists.
Remove the problematic game and your Xbox account
In some cases, a corrupted installation or Xbox profile can cause the error. To fix this, remove the problematic game from your system by going to My Games & Apps, selecting the game, pressing the Menu button, and choosing Manage game > Uninstall. Be sure to remove any saved data as well. After uninstalling the game, remove your Xbox profile by going to Settings > Remove accounts. Restart your console and then re-download your Xbox profile and the game. Some users reported that simply uninstalling and reinstalling the game resolved the issue.
Restore factory defaults
If none of the previous solutions worked, you can try restoring your console to factory defaults. Keep in mind that this will delete all your files and games, so make sure to back them up first. Go to Settings > All Settings > System > Console info & updates > Reset console and choose Reset and keep my games & apps. If this doesn’t fix the error, you’ll have to choose Reset and remove everything (note that this option requires re-downloading all your games).
Clear Persistent Storage
Clearing the Persistent Storage might help if the error is caused by corrupted files in that section. Go to Settings > Disc & Blu-ray > Persistent Storage and select Clear Persistent Storage.
Clear Alternate MAC address
Clearing the Alternate MAC address can resolve network configuration issues. Go to Settings > Network > Advanced Settings > Alternate MAC Address and select Clear. After your console restarts, check if the error is resolved.
Go offline and try to start the game again
If you’re connected to the Internet, going offline and then trying to start the game might be a temporary workaround. Go to Settings > All Settings > Network > Network Settings, and choose Go Offline. Keep in mind that multiplayer games and other online features won’t be available in offline mode.
Disable Instant-On feature
Disabling the Instant-On feature can help if it’s causing the error. Go to Settings > Power and startup > Power Options and switch from Instant-On mode to Energy-saving mode. Energy-saving mode will completely turn off your Xbox One, which might result in a slower startup time but should resolve the error. You can always switch back to Instant-On mode when the problem is fixed.
Stop Xbox from turning off your cable or satellite box
If you’re experiencing the error while using the TV app, preventing your Xbox from turning your cable box on or off might help. Go to Settings > TV & OneGuide and choose which devices will be affected by Xbox commands.
Sign out of your Xbox One profile and start the TV app again
If the TV app is causing the error, try signing out of your Xbox One profile and then starting the app again. Go to the Home screen, select your gaming profile, press the A button, and choose Sign Out. After signing back in, try starting the app without any issues.
Took too long to start Xbox One error can be frustrating, but with these solutions, you should be able to get back to gaming smoothly. Remember to try each solution in order until you find the one that works for you. Happy gaming!
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