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The error “Startup error: EasyAntiCheat not installed” is caused by Fortnite not being able to load the “Easy Anti-Cheat” engine that ships with the game.

While the error will prevent the game from loading properly, it is generally not caused by any deep aspect of your system.

To do this, solving the problem should be relatively straightforward. Otherwise, some additional steps may be required for it to work properly.


The main cause of the error is that the Easy Anti-Cheat application is not present.

To fix this, you need to make sure your system can a) access it b) run it.

The message that appears with this error includes:

Could not start the game

Please help us by reporting this issue: Error Code 20006

The specific causes of the problem are:

  • Fortnite cannot run Easy Anti-Cheat

  • Windows has deeper issues with your files / settings


The way to solve the problem is to reinstall the Anti-Cheat service and then make sure the game works properly.

This is a simple process:

1. Reinstall Easy Anti-Cheat

The first step is to make sure the EAC is working properly.

To do this, you must follow these steps:

  • Go to “C: Program Files Epic Games Fortnite FortniteGame Binaries Win64 EasyAntiCheat” on your hard drive (where installed)

  • Click on “EasyAntiCheat_Setup”

  • Click on “Repair Service”

  • Try to charge it again

If it works after this, it means that the problem can be considered resolved.

If it does not work, you may need to perform a “check” repair on the system.

2. Check the game files

The next step is to verify the Fortnite installation.

This is relatively simple:

  • Load the Epic Games Launcher

  • Click on “Fortnite”

  • Select the “cogwheel” next to the green “Start” button

  • In the drop-down menu, select “verify”

  • Let the process run

  • Reboot your system

  • Try to play it again

After doing this, if the game works, the problem should be fixed.

3. Reinstall VC ++

If the previous two steps don’t (should) work, Visual C ++ could be the culprit.

Visual C ++ is a library that Microsoft created and distributes for use by software developers.

Basically, it provides additional functionality to applications.

While the system is effective, it is prone to getting troublesome, often showing bugs and issues, etc.

To make sure this is not a problem for your system, you should remove all instances of the VC ++ redistributable package on your system and then replace it with a new version:

  • In Windows 7, click “Start”, then “Control Panel” and finally “Programs and Features”

  • In Windows 10, right click the “Start” button, select “Applications and Features”

  • In the list that appears, scroll down to the “Microsoft Visual C ++ Redistributable” lists

  • Write down which ones you have installed (pay special attention to the year and the architecture)

  • After doing this, browse the internet and search for “Visual C ++ Downloads”

  • Click on the Microsoft link titled “Latest Supported Visual C ++ Downloads.”

  • Download fresh copies of each of the packages you listed

  • Once this is complete, uninstall each package from your system

  • Restart your PC

  • Install each new VC ++ package (order doesn’t matter)

  • Restart your PC again

  • Try to play the game again

If more problems are found, it means you have deeper problems with Windows.

To resolve them, it is best to speak to someone with more specific experience with your system. This can come in many different ways, from online communities to paying for professional help.


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