When launching a game on a Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC, the error “Failed to start Denuvo driver. Error code: 2148204812” may appear. Denuvo driver is a part of the software responsible for DRM (digital rights management) and serves to protect against hacking. Therefore, to start the game, the driver must also be initiated.
The culprit of Denuvo error 2148204812 may be a conflict with other similar software such as the Valorant Vanguard anti-cheat, or the user wanted to resort to hacking the game, or rather change any files. In addition, if the game was downloaded from a torrent, then the error code 2148204812 appears very often in the Denuvo driver. Here, we will explain how to fix Denuvo driver error code 2148204812 when starting games on a computer with Windows 11 and Windows 10.
Fix Denuvo Driver Error Code 2148204812
1. Reinstall the game
Uninstall the game and reinstall it, thus the Denuvo driver, if damaged, will work correctly. If you downloaded the game from a torrent, then it is easier for you to contact the repack creator on the forum, as the game may be released with errors. If you are using the game through Steam, then uninstallation and reinstallation must be through this game launcher.
2. Removing Vanguard Valorant
If you are playing Valorant on the same PC where you get Denuvo error 2148204812, then it may be a conflict with the Vanguard anti-cheat engine. Remove the Valorant game completely, along with the Vanguard anti-cheat, and see if that solves the problem. Go to Options> Applications> Applications & Features and uninstall Valorant and Vanguard. Remember to close Vanguard in the tray before uninstalling.
3. Uninstall the latest Windows update
If the error ” Denuvo driver. Error code: 2148204812 ” appears after the next Windows update, then you need to uninstall the last installed update for Windows 11 or Windows 10. Go to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Update Log > Uninstall Updates.
If you are using a pirated game, then the antivirus could add a crack to the quarantine, thereby initializing the denuvo driver will not be successful. If there is a crack from the game in quarantine, then you will have to restore it from quarantine, then add the antivirus to the exceptions so that it does not block this crack in the future.