How to get rid of VAN9003 error

Written By Onur Demirkol Writer
Last UpdatedMarch 15, 2024 at 12:41PM
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Valorant, the adrenaline-pumping multiplayer first-person shooter crafted by Riot Games, has become a staple in the gaming world. However, like any sophisticated software, Valorant users may encounter glitches, disrupting their seamless gaming experience. The error says, “Secure Boot not meeting requirements” and can really mess up your gaming groove. No worries, though – we've got your back. In this article, we'll break down what this error code means and guide you through some easy steps to fix it. Let's make sure your Valorant adventures are smooth and trouble-free.

What is the VAN9003 error?

The VAN9003 error is like a digital bouncer in Valorant, put there by Riot Games to keep everything safe and fair. They added extra security features, like Secure Boot and TPM (Trusted Platform Module), to make sure the game is played on a level playing field. When you see the VAN9003 error, it's like your computer forgot to wear its security hat, and Valorant isn't a fan of that.

Let's simplify it even more. VAN9003 is saying, "Hey, Secure Boot isn't doing its job on your PC." Secure Boot and TPM act like guardians for your computer. They make sure everything starts up safely. Vanguard, the protector of Valorant, needs these two to check if your computer is trustworthy.

So, if Secure Boot or TPM is turned off, Valorant won't start, and you get the VAN9003 error. Check this by pressing the Windows button and searching for "msinfo32" > "System Summary." Look for "UEFI" under BIOS Mode and "On" under Secure Boot State. If not, don't worry – we'll show you how to fix it.

VAN9003 is related to Riot's Vanguard
VAN9003 is related to Riot's Vanguard

How to fix VAN9003 error

Now you know what the VAN9003 error is and the explanation above probably gave you a hint of it, let’s move on to the part where we give you all the possible fixes. It is pretty straightforward, and Riot Games is aware of this issue. If you're facing the VAN9003 error, let's take it one step at a time:

Enable Secure Boot on Your Computer

Secure Boot is like turning on the security guard for your computer. Usually, it's already on, but sometimes you need to flip the switch yourself.

  1. Restart your computer and, during restart, press the key/s for your device to access the BIOS (F2 for Asus, F2 or F12 for Dell, F10 for HP, F1 for Lenovo desktops, and F2 for Lenovo laptops).
  2. In the BIOS, go to the System Configuration tab.
  3. Change the Secure Boot option to Enabled.

Check if TPM is Enabled

Now, let's make sure Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is on. This is another security feature that Valorant likes.

  1. Press Win+R to open the Run window.
  2. Type "TPM.MSC" and hit Enter.
  3. If it says there's no TPM, that's a problem. If it's there and says "The TPM is ready for use," you're good.
These errors damage players' VALORANT experience
These errors damage players' VALORANT experience

Update Drivers and Windows

Sometimes, your computer needs a little update to understand Valorant better. Let's do that.

  • Right-click on the Start button and select Settings.
  • Go to the Windows Update tab.
  • In Advanced Options, select Optional Updates.
  • Check and install any available updates.

Run Valorant in Compatibility Mode

If the error still hangs around, let's try making Valorant remember the good old days.

  1. Right-click on the Valorant icon.
  2. Select Show more options.
  3. Choose Properties.
  4. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  5. Check "Run the program in compatibility mode for."
  6. Select a previous version of Windows from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click Apply and then OK.

Windows 11 and Riot Vanguard

If you upgraded to Windows 11 and Valorant is acting up, it might be because both Riot Vanguard and Windows 11 need the same security features – TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. But Vanguard also needs a strong CPU and GPU. So, if your computer is a bit old, that could be the reason for VAN9003 errors.

About Secure Boot and TPM 2.0

These are like superheroes for your computer, making sure it starts up safely. Vanguard relies on them to know if your computer is trustworthy or not.

In a nutshell, fixing VAN9003 is a bit like a game quest. Follow these steps, turn on Secure Boot, check TPM, update your computer, and maybe let Valorant remember the good times. Soon, you'll be back to enjoying Valorant without any pesky errors. Remember, keeping your computer secure is the key to unlocking the full fun of Valorant.

If you have encountered other gaming errors in VALORANT, you can take a look at our other guides. They are all about VALORANT errors and include some efficient fixes for you to try out. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Onur Demirkol here, Content Writer for THESPIKEGG. You will see his name on a bunch of different articles here, whether they are breaking news or evergreen guides and content.

His journey in the industry has been marked by influential roles at esteemed platforms such as Flank Esports and 5Mid, where he served as editor-in-chief. Onur made significant contributions to their success in written content and social media, including a notable impact on an issue of the Turkish Esports Federation magazine. Currently, he serves as the Lead Editor for Gamelevate, taking pride in managing a global team of 12 talented writers. Additionally, Onur regularly contributes to Softonic, gHacks, Dataconomy, and Techbriefly. He has written thousands of articles, and that number continues to go up.

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