Driver does not appear to support OpenGL Minecraft error

In this article, we provide the solutions for the error Driver does not appear to support OpenGL when you try to start the minecraft launcher and it does not open on your device. This error can also occur when trying to open certain games or applications.

When you encounter this problem, you receive the following full error message;

GLFW error 65542: WGL: Driver does not appear to support OpenGL.
Make sure you have up-to-date drivers (see for instructions).

In some cases you will get an error prompt with the following error message;

OpenGL 2.0 renderer not supported! Raison:
OpenGL 2.0 is not supported
Opengl 1.4 is not supported! Raison:
OpenGL 1.3 is not supported

What is OpenGL?

OpenGL (open graphics library) is a cross-language, cross-platform application programming interface for rendering 2D and 3D graphics. This API is used to reduce the rendering load of the system, allowing Minecraft games and other games and applications to run faster and easier on your PC.

Driver does not appear to support OpenGL Minecraft error

If you get Driver does not appear to support OpenGL on your Windows 11/10 PC, you can try our recommended solutions given below in no particular order and see if it helps to fix the Minecraft Launcher error on your system.

  1. Update graphics driver
  2. Restore/Replace opengl32.dll file
  3. Uninstall DisplayLink (if applicable)
  4. Download OpenCL and OpenGL Compatibility Pack
  5. Reset Minecraft

Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved regarding each of the listed solutions.

Before trying the solutions below, check for updates and install all available bits on your Windows 11/10 device and see if the error reappears when you try to start the launcher. You can also download and install DirectX Extensions Player and check if OpenGL is supported or not.

1]Update graphics driver

Update graphics driver

As the error you are getting on your Windows 11/10 PC seems to be related to the graphics driver, you can start troubleshooting to fix the problem by updating the graphics driver on your system.

You can manually update the graphics driver via Device Manager if you have already downloaded the .inf Where .sys file for the driver. You can also update the driver through the command prompt. In Windows Update, you can also get driver updates from the Optional Updates section or you can download the latest driver version from the graphics hardware manufacturer’s website.

2]Restore/Replace opengl32.dll file

If the opengl32.dll file is missing from your Windows 11/10 PC, the error in sight can be triggered when you try to start Minecraft Launcher. In this case, to solve the problem, you can manually restore/replace the opengl32.dll file in the Java and JRE folder of your device.

To manually restore/replace opengl32.dll, do one of the following:

  • Connect to another working Windows computer that has been recently updated, navigate to the C:WindowsSystem32 folder and locate, copy the file to a USB drive, then plug the drive into the problematic PC, navigate to the exact folder, then paste the file there and also paste the file into C:Program FilesJavaYourJavaVersion case.
  • Restore the opengl32.dll file to the System32 and Java folder with a healthy copy of the DLL file downloaded from Winbindex – a new web service that allows users to view Windows 11/10 operating system file information and to download them from Microsoft servers.

Once done, restart your PC and on startup try to start the Minecraft launcher and see if the current issue is resolved. Otherwise, try the next solution.

3]Uninstall DisplayLink (if applicable)

DisplayLink USB graphics technology is designed to connect computers and displays via USB, Ethernet and WiFi. It also allows multiple screens to be connected to a single computer.

The DisplayLink graphics driver is reported to conflict with Minecraft Java and may be the culprit here. In this case, to rule out this possibility, if you have the DisplayLink driver installed on your system, you can uninstall the program through the Settings app or Control Panel and see if that helps. Otherwise, try the next solution.

4]Download the OpenCL and OpenGL compatibility pack

OpenCL and OpenGL mapping layers will provide hardware acceleration to more of your productivity and creative applications with just one DX12 driver, no other drivers are required. Once you download and install the compatibility pack on your Windows 11/10 PC, OpenCL and OpenGL applications can run without the default installation of OpenCL and OpenGL hardware drivers.

5]Reset Minecraft

Since the problem in question is related to Minecraft, a viable and easiest way to fix the error is to reset the application. To perform this task, you can follow the instructions in the guide on how to reset Minecraft game app on Windows 11/10.

I hope this helps you!

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Can I install OpenGL?

In all three major desktop platforms (Linux, macOS, and Windows), OpenGL is more or less bundled with the system. However, you will need to ensure that you have downloaded and installed a recent driver for your graphics hardware.

Is OpenGL 2.0 free?

OpenGL is free to use, but it should be noted that you will need to know what to do with this graphics library – it will require extensive programming knowledge to use these graphics libraries.

PS: In a previous article, we explained why OpenGL applications do not run on Miracast wireless display on Windows 11 or Windows 10 computers. In another article, we presented solutions to the error message ” Sorry, the OpenGL version is too low, please upgrade the graphics driver”.

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