How to Fix Anaconda Navigator Not Launching on Windows 10

Anaconda Navigator is a popular graphical user interface that allows users to manage their Anaconda distribution package versions and launch applications included in Anaconda. However, some users on Windows 10 have reported issues with launching Anaconda Navigator. This can be a frustrating problem, especially for those who rely on Anaconda for their data science and machine learning projects. In this post, we'll explore why this issue occurs and provide step-by-step solutions to get your Anaconda Navigator up and running again.

Common Reasons for the Issue

The problem with Anaconda Navigator not launching on Windows 10 can stem from several issues, including:

  • Corrupted Anaconda installation
  • Conflicts with other Python installations
  • Outdated versions of Anaconda or Navigator
  • System path variables not set correctly

How to Solve the Problem

Here are some methods that have been proven to solve the issue:

Method 1: Launch from Command Prompt

Sometimes, launching Anaconda Navigator from the command prompt can bypass the issue. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:


If Anaconda Navigator launches successfully, you might have a shortcut or system path issue.

Method 2: Update Anaconda Navigator

Outdated versions of Anaconda Navigator may cause compatibility issues with Windows 10. To update Anaconda and Navigator, use the following commands in your Command Prompt:

  1. Update Anaconda:

    conda update anaconda
  2. Update Anaconda Navigator:

    conda update anaconda-navigator

Method 3: Reinstall Anaconda

If the above methods don't work, reinstalling Anaconda can often fix the problem. Here's how:

  1. Uninstall Anaconda completely from your system.
  2. Download the latest version of Anaconda from the official website.
  3. Install Anaconda, ensuring that you add Anaconda to your system path during installation.

Method 4: Set System Path Variables Manually

Incorrect system path variables can prevent Anaconda Navigator from launching. To set the system path variables manually, follow these steps:

  1. Search for "Edit the system environment variables" in the Windows search bar and open it.

  2. Click on "Environment Variables."

  3. Under "System variables," find the "Path" variable and click "Edit."

  4. Add the path to your Anaconda installation and the Scripts folder. The default path usually is:

  5. Click "OK" to save your changes and try launching Anaconda Navigator again.


Anaconda Navigator not launching on Windows 10 can be a significant hindrance to your data science projects. However, by following the methods outlined in this post, you should be able to solve the issue and get back to your work. Remember, keeping your Anaconda distribution and Navigator updated can prevent many problems from occurring in the first place. If you continue to experience issues, consider reaching out to the Anaconda community for more specific guidance.