I just installed Fallout 4 via Steam and Fallout.exe is missing from Steam/steamapps/common/Fallout 4.

I'm able to start the game from Steam and it opens the launcher. When I click Play, though, the launcher closes for a moment before restarting. This repeats forever and is common enough to have been asked on Reddit.

I figured it was the same launcher loop problem others were having so I tried to fix it using this video. That's when I noticed Fallout4.exe was missing (but Fallout4Launcher.exe is not).

I've tried the following:

  1. Verifying the integrity of the game cache
  2. Reinstall Fallout 4
  3. Running Steam as Administrator
  4. Running Fallout4Launcher.exe as Administrator
  5. Enroll in beta (version 1.6)
    1. I got stuck in the launcher loop again but, when I checked the game folder, it had Fallout4.exe. I tried to run it directly and Windows said it wasn't there anymore so I refreshed the folder and it was gone.

I don't have any mods installed. I'm on 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise, SP 1.

I could only find this thread on Bethesda's forum but this shouldn't have anything to do with activating the purchase. I bought it through Steam and was never prompted for any additional verification like entering a CD key.

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    If you click on "Play" in Steam, does the game at least launch? I mean, can you actually play the game?
    – Nolonar
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 22:17
  • @Nolonar : The launcher runs. I click play on that then the launcher disappears for a second before restarting. That repeats as often as I've tried it. I'll edit my question to include that detail.
    – Jason
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 22:25
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    This is such a bizarre issue, I'm really curious how it ends up being resolved. Do you have any antivirus software running?
    – pushasha
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 19:32
  • I do and I can't disable it or add an exception. I downloaded the game with no issues on another machine though so that must be the problem.
    – Jason
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 19:40
  • Not sure if this is a possible work around, but try downloading and running F4SE: f4se.silverlock.org instead of the normal executable.
    – SGR
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 7:03

1 Answer 1


What you could do:

  • Verify the integrity of the game (I know you've already done it, but try to do it again)
  • Send an email to Steam Support (they'll know what to do) (hopefully)
  • Disable your AV, it sometimes deletes random game files if it doesn't like what it sees Or, add it as an exception.

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