How to fix Fortnite not saving game settings in Windows 11 and 10
Fortnite is a Battle Royale shooter that comes with plenty of graphics, sound, and control settings for players to tinker with the game. Many players at least occasionally need to adjust these options to optimize Fortnite on their PC.
However, some players have reported Fortnite not saving selected settings. When these players restart Fortnite, all in-game options they tried to change are reset to what they were before. This issue arises for users who play the game on Windows 11/10. If you are one of those who need to fix Fortnite without saving game settings, try applying these potential fixes.
1. Disable the read-only setting for Fortnite’s GameUserSettings.ini file
Many players reported that they fixed Fortnite not saving settings by disabling the Read only setting for the GameUserSettings.ini file. It often happens that Fortnite cannot save newly selected settings because the GameUserSettings.ini file is set to read-only. You can disable the Read only option for this file as follows.
- press the To earn + R keyboard shortcut to open Run.
- Type %localappdata% in the opening area of Run.
- Click on Okay to display the Local folder.
- Then open the FortniteGame > Checked in > Configuration > Windows client subfolders of the Local folder.
- Right click on the GameUserSettings.ini file in the WindowsClient folder to select Properties.
- Deselect the Read only attribute checkbox if selected.
- Click on To apply to save the new property options.
- Select the Okay option.
It is also recommended to check the Read only parameter for the file ClientSetting. To do this, open the Config subfolder of the FortniteGame folder. Right-click on the ClientSetting file, deselect its Read only option if selected, and press the key To apply button.
2. Disable Controlled Folder Access
Games often cannot save settings because Controlled Folder Access is enabled. Controlled Folder Access is a feature that prevents the software from modifying files in protected folders. Thus, this feature can prevent games from modifying configuration files required to save new settings. Here’s how to disable Controlled Folder Access in Windows 11.
- Double-click the system tray icon for Windows Security.
- Select the Protection against viruses and threats tab in Windows Security.
- Then click on the Manage ransomware protection option on this tab.
- Click it Controlled access to files toggle the switch to disable this option.
Alternatively, you can configure Controlled Folder Access to allow Fortnite to pass through it. To do this, click on the Authorize app through Controlled Folder Access option in Ransomware protection when CAF is enabled. press the Add an authorized application button to select Browse All apps. Then select the Fortnite game and click on the Open button. You may also need to add Epic Games as an allowed app.
3. Disable Third-Party Antivirus Utilities
Some third-party antivirus software may have features similar to Controlled Folder Access. If you have installed a third-party antivirus utility, disable it before playing Fortnite to ensure that it cannot interfere with the game by saving its settings.
Right-click the antivirus utility’s system tray icon to find and select a disable option from its context menu. If you can’t find such an option, check the Settings tab of your anti-virus software.
4. Clean startup windows
Windows Clean Boot will disable all third-party startup programs and services. This is a potential fix for Fortnite not saving game settings, as it could fix any software conflicts that could be causing the problem. You can perform a clean boot of Windows 11 by modifying the boot configuration settings in MSConfig as follows.
- First, open the Run dialog box.
- Contribution msconfig in the Open area of Run.
- Click on Okay to launch the System Configuration Tool.
- Select the selective start-up radio button. Then uncheck the box for Loads startup components setting.
- Click it Services the tab and select the tab Hide all Microsoft services checkbox here.
- press the Disable all button to remove all remaining selected services from startup.
- Select the To apply and click on Okay to exit System Setup.
- Click it Restart option in the dialog box that opens.
Then try changing Fortnite settings after restarting Windows. If clean booting Windows fixes the game without saving options, a conflicting background application or service was likely the cause. Change the options in Fortnite as needed, then you can restore your PC to its original startup configuration. To do this, open MSConfig again to select the Loads startup components and Activate all options.
Instead of clean booting Windows as shown above, you can also try disabling startup items manually with Task Manager.
To do this, open Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard shortcut and selecting it, or using its Ctrl + Shift + Esc shortcut. Then click on the start tongue.
There you can remove software packages from startup by selecting them and clicking Disable. Then restart your PC after disabling startup items with Task Manager.
5. Check and reinstall Fortnite files
If none of the above potential fixes work for you, some Fortnite files may be corrupted or missing. In this case, reinstalling the game or checking its files may be the solution. Luckily, since Fortnite is a multiplayer title, you don’t have much to lose in terms of saved game data by doing this.
To verify Fortnite files, click the Fortnite three-dot button in Epic Games and select To verify. Wait for the verification process to complete, then try again.
If that doesn’t work, here’s how to reinstall Fortnite:
- Open your Epic Games Launcher software.
- To select Library in Epic Games.
- Then click on the three-dot button for Fortnite to select Uninstall.
- Restart your PC after uninstalling Fortnite.
- Open the Epic Games Launcher again and select Fortnite on its Library tongue.
- press the To install possibility to reinstall the game.
Now Fortnite will (probably) save game settings
The potential fixes above will likely fix Fortnite not saving game settings for most players. The first resolution is particularly widely confirmed. Once this problem is fixed, you will be able to optimize Fortnite again with its game settings.
Fortnite also has a support service that you can contact if any other potential fixes are still needed. You can submit a support request to this service by clicking on Contact us on the Fortnite help page. Then fill in the form and click Send a request by e-mail.
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