Starfield: ‘No Applicable App Licenses Found’ Error Fix

Have you encountered a license issue with Starfield?

by Gordon Bicker
Image showcasing a Starfield character standing in a walled corridor with a planet in the background.
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Starfield contains a lot of content and with everything that is included, it shouldn’t be surprising to find some issues in-game every now and then. However, if you’re having an issue trying to launch the game then it can be an even more worrying issue. This article will take you through how to fix the “No Applicable App Licenses” error for Starfield.

No Applicable App Licenses for Starfield Fix

In order to fix the “No Applicable App Licenses” error, we recommend restarting your computer which fixed it for us. It sounds like an extremely simple fix but it surprisingly has worked, so the age-old “turn it off and back on again” certainly can solve issues. If you ever get a “No Applicable App Licenses” error for another game, then you could also try this method again.

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Once you have restarted your PC you should be able to launch Starfield again without any hassle or a big red error popping up again thankfully. It’s much better dealing with issues like getting stuck behind a door on the UC Vigilance in the game than it will be dealing with actual program start-up errors!

Are There Other Fixes for the Starfield Licenses Error?

So far we haven’t managed to test any other fixes for this particular error but I would personally recommend running Starfield as an Administrator by right-clicking on its shortcut and then clicking “Show More Options” and then “Run as Administrator”. There is no guarantee this will work but it is absolutely worth a shot as it might refresh the existing licenses.

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Another thing I’d recommend is to try launching the game through your pre-existing launcher instead, whether that be Steam, the Xbox app, or otherwise. If you were using the desktop shortcut and happened to get this error, it would be worthwhile trying to launch it through other means. Now that you know some possible fixes for the no applicable app licenses error, you can try them for yourself and get back into the action!

- This article was updated on September 4th, 2023

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Gordon is a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy, a Games Design (BA) Honours student, and a Video Game Ambassador. He has been writing at AOTF for over a year and a half, with four years of games writing experience for outlets like Green Man Gaming. When he's not busy, he'll no doubt be experiencing games, writing poetry, playing guitar, adventuring, or happily starting a new Skyrim playthrough! As an avid Final Fantasy XIV player, he also hopes that you'll gain a warm feeling from his community stories. Gordon has reported on Fallout 4 and Destiny 2, whose favorite genres include action RPGs, MMORPG's and First Person Shooters but is always experimenting with many other types of games.