What To Do If Garmin Express Not Launching Or Not Working?

Facing the same ‘Garmin Express not working’ error again and again and not able to resolve it? You must have been trying to fix it but not able to do so, may be because you are not doing it right. So, stop trying and check out our troubleshooting guide as this one is definitely going to help you! Here, we have covered each and every aspect related to the ‘Garmin Express not opening’ error. Keep reading.

Things To Be Done Before Fixing ‘Garmin Express not working’ Error 

Before going for a proper troubleshooting process, you should do the below- mentioned things. There are chances that after doing all this you won’t need to use any troubleshooting method.

Check The Internet Connection 

Before even downloading the Garmin Express application, you should keep in mind that the Express program requires a high-speed, stable Internet connection to run.

But, what exactly you should check? Take care of the following things:

  • Make sure that you are using an Internet connection that is stable and has no data limit.
  • To download and smoothly run the Garmin express program, ensure to use a high-speed Internet connection else the download may take too long to finish.

Note: In case, the Wi-Fi plan you are using lacks any of the above specifications, you may speak with the Internet Service Provider and get your subscription upgraded. 

  • Once your network service is upgraded, you should check again if the ‘Garmin Express not working’ issues is fixed or not.

If the issue still persists, you can try the other methods to fix the error or contact Garmin Support.

Keep Checking If A New Update Is There For Garmin Express Program

Garmin Express software gets new updates very frequently. So, if you use the Garmin Express software, you should make sure that you are using the latest version on your computer.

  • If you want to install or be sure about the same, you should check the ‘Updates’ dashboard of the application.
  • In case, it shows no update prompt on the screen, or you get a message like ‘Garmin is already installed’, your application is already updated.

Ensure That Garmin Express Has Not Been Blocked by Windows

In case, the Garmin express program doesn’t work on windows 7 or other higher Windows versions, you should check with the security software installed on your computer as they may also block the program. To confirm the same or unblock the Garmin Express program, try the following things:

  • Right-click at the Garmin Express icon and then click at ‘Properties’ in the menu list.
  • After this, click at the ‘Unblock’ option.
  • And then, click at ‘OK’ or then ‘Apply’ button to make changes.

Note: If no ‘unlock’ button is being shown, it indicates that the Garmin Express has not been blocked by Windows OS.

Compare Your System Specifications With Garmin Express Requirements 

In most of the cases, Garmin Express may not open because it is not compatible with your system specifications. So, it is very important to go through all the requirement and upgrade your laptop or PC accordingly (if possible).

Note: You should not miss even a single system requirement if you want the Garmin Express program to run smoothly.

Basic Troubleshooting Tricks For ‘Garmin Express Not Working’ 

After trying all these things if you are still not able to resolve the issue, don’t worry. Here, we have mentioned a few basic quick troubleshooting hacks to fix this error. Have a look:

Run The Express App As An Administrator 

‘Administrator’ access not being available may be another reason behind the error ‘Garmin express not working’.

To run the app as an Administrator:

  • Navigate to the Garmin Express program folder.
  • After that, right-click at the .exe software file and then click at the option ‘properties’ from the menu.
  • Then, click at the ‘Compatibility’ option and check the ‘Run This Program as an Administrator’ box.
  • And lastly, click at ‘OK’ and if, you get any on-screen prompt, click at ‘Accept’.

Note: Restart the system to save the changes and resolve the ‘Garmin express won’t open’ error.

Update Your Garmin Express Program

You must be wondering why updating the program is so essential. Well, the reason is simple; the Garmin express program works only if it has been updated to its latest version. It means, the ones using an outdated Garmin express program will keep facing the error ‘Garmin Express not opening’ until they update the app.

So, in order to fix this error:

  • First of all, check with the official support page on your computer or on the application itself and then confirm if there is an software update available or not.
  • After this, install the updates if available by simply clicking at the ‘install’ option.
  • Once done, restart the computer and check if the Garmin express is responding or not.

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Change The Express Program Location 

The solution may seem to be stupid, but it really works for many of the Express users. We hope it helps you too as it has others. You have to change the program location to a different one from the previous location where you had installed it!

Note: It’s very essential to do as most of the time your express program leaves some orphan folder or files which is almost impossible to fix. 

Hence, in case your express software is not working or the Express program fails to be launched on your Windows system, you can resolve the issue using this solution.

Uninstall And Then Re-Install The Express Program 

In case, you are not able to fix the issue with any of the above-mentioned methods, try simply re-installing the Garmin Express software. If you want to install it without facing an error, follow the given steps.

Note: Here, we have mentioned the steps for a Windows operating system. For a Mac OS, the steps will almost be the same, only the terms may differ.

  • Click at Control panel in the start menu and then click at ‘Uninstall a Program’ in the Programs menu.
  • After this, search for the installed Express program, right-click on that and select the option ‘Uninstall’ from the options available.
  • In case a prompt window appears, click at ‘Yes’ to grant the permission to remove the Garmin Express software.
  • After the program is uninstalled, launch any browser available on your computer and then download a Garmin Express software for your computer again; according the operating system.
  • After that, double-click at the downloaded .exe file and follow the instructions shown on-screen to finish the installation process.
  • And lastly, restart your computer, launch the Garmin express program and check if the issue with your Garmin Express program has fixed or not!

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Note: If you are using Nuvi device, you should contact Specialized Garmin Nuvi Support.

Restart The Computer 

In case, you still face ‘Garmin Express not launching’ issue, you can instantly resolve it with this quick method. However, if you feel that you can turn off the laptop or computer by pressing the power button and holding it for some time, or by closing the system lid, you need to think again!

To restart, you should follow the below steps according to the OS you are using:

For Windows 7

  • Click at ‘Start’ Button.
  • Now, click at the arrow icon shown next to the ‘Shut Down’ button.
  • Choose ‘Restart’ from the menu and then wait patiently for your system to restart.

For Windows 8.1 and Higher

  • Right-click at the ‘Start’ button.
  • After this, click at ‘Shut down’ or ‘Sign out’.
  • And lastly, click at ‘Restart’ and wait for the procedure to complete.

For Mac OS/OS X

  • Click at the Apple icon shown in the menu bar.
  • After that click at the ‘Restart’ button in the menu.
  • Lastly, click ‘Restart’ to confirm the action.

After restarting your system, the Garmin program will start working. In case, it doesn’t launch, don’t worry since there are many more tricks you can use to fix the issue. Keep reading. 

Advanced Solutions For Several ‘Garmin Express Not Working’ Issues 

If the basic solutions are not working and you are still not able to start the Express program after upgrading your OS to Windows 10 from the previous Windows version or,

If the Garmin express software has suddenly stopped working, it’s very important to resolve the error immediately. You can try these advanced solutions, according to your problem.

Scenario 1: Not Able To Start The Express Program After You Upgrade Windows 8.1 To Windows 10

In case Garmin Express doesn’t open after upgrading your OS, try the below- mentioned solution and easily fix the error!

Troubleshoot Using The ‘Program Compatibility’ Option

  • To start, search typing ‘troubleshooting’ in the given search field and then click at it in the displayed menu.
  • After this, a window will open, click at the ‘View all’ option in the left pane and select ‘Program Compatibility’ to troubleshoot.
  • After that, follow the instructions that are shown on your computer screen to run the troubleshooter to fix the issue.
  • Once it detects the issue, fix it there!

If the issue persists, try a more advanced fix to resolve the error.

Install The Garmin Express Program In Compatibility Mode

One of the best ways to resolve the error is to install the Express program in compatibility mode. After installing, check if the program is working or not. To do this, follow the below steps:

  • After downloading the Garmin express software from any reliable source, you have to right-click at the setup file and then click at the ‘Properties’ option.
  • A new window will appear, click at the ‘Compatibility’ button, and check the box ‘Run this program in Compatibility mode.’
  • After this, install the Garmin Express program and later check if it’s working.

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Scenario 2: Garmin Express Isn’t working in Windows 8.1 

If the Garmin Express software doesn’t work in Windows, fix the error using the following troubleshooting methods:

Run DISM Command 

To do this,

  • Type cmd in the search field and right-click at ‘Command Prompt’ and then select ‘Run As Administrator.
  • After this, type the below commands one-by-one to run the command and then hit ENTER.
  • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
  • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • After that, you should close the command window and check again if the issue persists. if it does, try the next solution.

Try Clean Boot

In case you don’t know about a clean boot, follow the below steps to do this, according to your OS:

For Windows 7

  • Click the ‘Start’ button and write ‘msconfig’ in the search field.
  • After this, a window will open, select the ‘selective startup’ in the General tab of the window. Also, uncheck the ‘Load startup’ checkbox.
  • After that, go to ‘Services’ tab and then scroll down to select the checkbox ‘Hide all Microsoft services’.
  • After this, click at ‘Disable All’ and then the ‘OK’ button.
  • And lastly, restart your computer & check if the Garmin Express software is working or not.

For Windows 8 Or Higher

  • Press ‘Win+R’, run windows will open, type ‘msconfig’ in the search field.
  • After this, a window will open, select the ‘selective startup’ in the General tab of the window. Also, uncheck the ‘Load startup’ checkbox.
  • After that, go to ‘Services’ tab and then scroll down to select the checkbox ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ and then disable all.
  • Now, click the ‘Startup’ tab and then click at the ‘Open Task Manager’ option.
  • A window will open, right-click at each startup item. After this, click the ‘Disable’ option.
  • And lastly, restart your computer and then check if your Garmin Express program works.

Install The Express Program in Compatibility Mode

The procedure to install the Garmin Express app in compatibility mode has already been discussed in Scenario 1.

Scenario 3: The Express Program Is Not Launching On Windows 10

Because of a .NET framework that is not compatible, the express program will not work on Windows 10.

In order to check & fix this issue on your system, try the following tricks one by one. By doing so, hopefully, you will be able to fix the error.

Delete The Configuration File Of Garmin Express Program

If the Garmin Express configuration file or its folder is corrupted, you should delete them without thinking twice. Follow the below steps:

  • Press Win+R, run window will open, type %localappdata% in the provided search field.
  • Next, browse the folder ‘Garmin_Ltd._or_its_subsid’ in the opened page and then right click on it.
  • Now, click at ‘Delete’ option in the menu and select ‘Yes’ in the window prompted on your screen to confirm.

Once completed, you have to re-launch the Garmin Express program. However, if the above-mentioned method cannot resolve the ‘Garmin express not working in windows 10’ issue, you should go for the next steps given below:

Install The Most Recent Update Available For Your Express App As Well As Microsoft Windows

You may not realize, but if your PC or the Express program gets outdated, your Garmin express software will suddenly stop working.

So, in order to fix this error, you should not forget to install the latest update available for the Garmin express app and the windows OS time-to-time. To do this, you can refer the below guide:

To Update The OS

  • To start, click at the ‘Start’ button & then tap on the ‘Control Panel’.
  • After this, tap at the option ‘Windows Update’. If, you are in the Category view, you should click on the option ‘System and Security’.
  • After that, tap on the option ‘Windows Update’ to check if there are any updates available for the computer’s operating system.
  • In case you see an update, click at the ‘Update’ option to perform the action and wait for the update to be installed.
  • Now, your OS has been updated to its latest version.

To Update The Express Program

  • In case, the Garmin express software is not opening, you should check for an update for your Express program on official page of Garmin Express.
  • If there is an update available for your Garmin Express, click at the ‘Update’ button to start the action.
  • During the update process, you’ll have to provide the user credentials for your Garmin account to download the update (for authentication purposes).

Deactivate The Existing .NET Windows Component

If Garmin Express is not working fine, displaying an unexpected error, or asking for a specified version of .NET framework, try the following:

  • Click at ‘Control Panel’ on your computer and then navigate to the option ‘Program Features’.
  • In the next step, you have to search for the option ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ on left pane and then tap on it. After that, another pop-up box will open.
  • From the newly opened list, you should deselect all the ‘.NET’ check boxes and then click at ‘OK’ to apply changes.
  • Once you deactivate the existing .NET framework, you should install the .Net version being prompted in the error window or the one compatible with your Express program.

For example, if you are being asked to install .NET 3.5 on your system, you have to first deactivate the other installed .Net version on your computer and then install .NET 3.5 components. After this, you will find your Garmin Express program working perfectly.

Scenario 4: Garmin Express Won’t Launch

If Garmin Express closes instantly with an error message, we recommend trying the solutions mentioned below.

Delete the ‘Garmin_Ltd._or_its_subsid’ folder (manually) in order to remove the infected configuration files or folders (if any).

  • Download a new .Net framework and install it (manually).

Note: The steps here are same here as the ones in scenario 3. You can find the detailed steps there.

Scenario 5: Garmin Express Is Not Loading On Mac

The Mac OS has to be compatible with the Garmin express program else it will show an error.

For example, if you’re using Mac OS Sierra 10.12.1, then there are chances latest Garmin Express version will not work. So, in order to make your Express software work smoothly without any issue, you are suggested to download the Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4.

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Scenario 6: Garmin Express Not Launching Since Update

If your Garmin express program doesn’t open after an update, you should follow the steps below to fix the error.

  • Open the run window by pressing ‘Win+R’ and then type ‘services.msc’ in the provided search field. A new window will appear when you press ENTER after typing.
  • Search the option ‘Garmin Core update service’ and then right-click on it.
  • After that, click at ‘Properties’ and then click at the ‘Log on’ tab.
  • Now, click on the radio button ‘This account’ and type ‘Network service’. Make sure to remove all the passwords.
  • In the next prompts, you have to click ‘OK’ and ‘Apply’ buttons to make the changes.
  • And lastly, you have to right-click at ‘Garmin Core Update service’ and then select ‘STOP.’ After this, repeat the step again but select the option ‘Start’ this time.

This trick will definitely fix the Express Program not working issue. But in case, you follow all these steps or sign-in as ‘Administrator’ and nothing changed, then you should try the next method to fix the error.

Disable The Security Programs Such As Firewall And Anti-Virus Software

Sometimes, a third-party software or features such as system’s firewall or an installed anti-virus may block the path for Map Express program. To fix this issue, you must disable any such security software for your Garmin Express program to launch. Follow the below steps to disable the security programs on your computer:

  • Click at the option ‘Control Panel’ and then click at ‘Microsoft Security Essentials’ in the list.
  • After that, tap on Settings and then click at ‘Real-time protection’ to go to the next page.
  • At the right side, uncheck the names ‘Turn-on real-time protection’ checkbox.
  • And lastly, click at the option ‘Save Changes’.

Now, your Map Express program is all set to start!

Scenario 7: Can’t Open Garmin Express Post Installation

Malware such as ‘ROGUE’ may be the possible reason behind ‘Garmin express won’t open’ error.

So, you have to remove this malware to resolve ‘updated Garmin Express won’t open’ error. To do this, use registry editor and easily fix the issue.

Note: The registry key instructs the windows to delete any hidden malware file from your OS and smoothly launch the program.

You have to be technically good to implement this one. Otherwise, do this at your risk.

  • To start, create a backup for the registry files and open RUN window.
  • After this, type ‘regedit’ and select it from the search results and press ENTER.
  • After this, right-click at ‘Computer’ and then click at the option ‘Export’ to save the backup on your computer.

 Note: You’ll have to give the backup file a name and choose a desired location. 

  • After clicking on the ‘save’ option, the registry editor won’t work until the backup process is completed.
  • And, when registry editor starts working, delete the affected key.
  • Expand Computer, then Expand SOFTWARE, then Expand Microsoft, then Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then Expand Windows NT, then expand the option ‘Image File Execution’, Expand Current Version.
  • If present, delete Express.exe , GarminService.exe, GarminTray.exe one by one.
  • After this, close the Registry Editor.
  • Re-launch the express program.

Note: In case, you see the ‘file doesn’t exist’ error, there may be a problem with the operating system.

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Hopefully, the above troubleshooting guide will help you resolve all the ‘Garmin Express not working’ error. Follow the given steps and easily fix all such issues. In case, you need further help, you can contact our support team by calling 1-833-201-7905 and get your issues resolved.

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