Epic Games “Install directory must be empty” error: How to fix it?

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is one of the leading digital video game distribution services that competes directly with Steam and GoG.

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The Epic Games Store and Epic Games Launcher have been here for quite a few years and have hosted blockbuster games such as Fortnite. A few issues with the Epic Games Launcher have always been annoying the users, among which one is the “Install directory must be empty” error, which shows a problem with the installation of the game or with the installation location. The launcher fails to recognise the game and hence, you’re unable to start the game.  Today, we’re going to tell you exactly how to fix this issue so that you can get back go playing your favourite games with the Epic games launcher. So, keep reading.

Epic Games “Install directory must be empty” error: How to fix it?

Below are the steps that you need to follow in order to fix the above issue:

Step 1:  Press the “Windows” and “R” keys together on your keyboard to bring up the “Run” dialogue.

Step 2: Now either paste this text in the Run dialogue box, “C:\Program Files\Epic Games/(insert the game name here)” and hit “Enter.” If you have installed the game somewhere other than the default location, please modify the above dialogue and then paste it in the “Run” section.

Step 3: After opening the Epic Games folder, select the game folder that you’re having an issue with and open it. You’ll find 3 or 4 subfolders under the main game folder, and you have to delete the “Engine” and “(game-name)Game” folders permanently.

Step 4: Close the folder, restart your PC, and then launch the “Epic Games Launcher” again to start the game. The issue should be fixed.

That’s all, folks! We hope that we were able to help you fix the install directory issue in Epic Games Launcher. We’ll be sure to update any more solutions if they become available in the future for the same issue.

Till then, thanks for reading. Stay tuned.

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