I installed Fortnite, and then Windows Update tells me it needs to restart to install Windows 10 Build 17083, so I restart my PC and the update successfully installs, but the thing is - when I run Fortnite for the first time, this message pops up:

Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Driver Load Error (193).

Failed to initialize BattlEye Service: Driver Load Error (193).


I fixed it by disabling virtualization in the BIOS. Not a proper fix though, I need virtualization for my Windows Server hosts in Hyper-V.

  • That's strange, I have it enabled on my machine and it runs just fine. Maybe it was just the restart? – Codingale Feb 7 '18 at 16:51
  • @Codingale maybe it's because I enabled Hyper-V? – MythicalCode_ Feb 10 '18 at 13:41

Here is a post on Steam from a developer who gave these ideas of solving the issue.


Please try the following Steps, if you are experiencing issues with Battleye.

  • Make sure that BEService.exe in your BE Service directory (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Line of Sight\Binaries\Win32\BattlEye) is not blocked by your firewall in any way.

  • Ensure that there is no d3d9.dll, dxgi.dll or dsound.dll file in your game directory. If there is one please remove/rename it.

  • Ensure that you have a legitimate copy of Windows. Pirated copies might no longer be supported by the latest BE version.

  • Check if your game directory’s file permissions are broken by doing the following: Right-click on your game directory (in Windows Explorer), select “Properties” and go to the “Security” tab. In the group/user list select the “SYSTEM” entry and check if it has full access. Otherwise click “Edit…” and grant the “SYSTEM” user full access.

  • Your system’s root certificates might be broken/corrupted. To fix them download and install the following update from Microsoft: support.microsoft.com/kb/2813430.

  • Check your system files for corruptions and possibly repair them by following these guides: support.microsoft.com/kb/929833 and support.microsoft.com/kb/947821.

  • Scan your system with up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software. Malware that modifies system or game files can cause such issues when BE is enabled.

  • Googling the name of the blocked file can help find out what is actually behind it. Sometimes BE might block malware/adware/PUP files, which can cause problems such as being unable to find or connect to servers in-game. We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for removing such software from your system.

  • Ensure that you don’t use any tweaked/custom versions of system files (including DirectX).

  • Reinstall DirectX, see the following page for details: support.microsoft.com/kb/179113.

If these steps do not help, please also visit the Battleeye FAQ, which can be found here.


I had the same problem. Solved it by going to the directory where the game is installed:


There you will find:


Run it, and BattlEye should reinstall. That solved it for me.

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