Minecraft was working perfectly fine until I tried updating to the new 1.9 update. It appears to finish the update but then it pops up a message:

Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher.

Here is a screenshot showing the error:
Unable to update

I looked around on the Internet and found no support for my problem so I decided to try this website.

I recently updated my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I believe that this may be related to the problem but I don't know how to fix it without reverting to Windows 7.

Please help me with either updating or reverting back to a previous version of Minecraft, as I don't really care about this update and will probably not use it. I prefer to play on Minecraft 1.7.10 because it has a lot more mods for it.

  • Another option (sorry I don't have enough rep to post an answer) is to delete your %APPDATA%/.minecraft folder and then re-install the normal .msi (or "repair" using the .msi)
    – rogerdpack
    Apr 8, 2017 at 20:02
  • Just ran into this (again) today on an old windows 7 laptop. doing full "windows update" seemed to fix it FWIW, maybe could help after an update to windows 10?
    – rogerdpack
    Feb 29 at 14:05

2 Answers 2


I there is a version of Minecraft that is made for new Windows. To get it you go to the official website at https://minecraft.net/en/download/. When you go there you can find a link that says:

Try an alternative download.

On the page that opens you should see a link named Minecraft.exe. Just click that, then it will download and you should be all good.

Here is a screenshot of the download link:

Screenshot of link

As far as I can tell I am the only person who did not get the new launcher for Windows 10.


It's Java, I just fixed that problem.

Uninstall old versions of Java (you can get the uninstaller from their website) and then install the new version. The updater then works fine.

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