Full Guide: How to make Minecraft work on Windows 8 (Java 64-bit, Bad Graphic Card Drivers)

Running Minecraft On Windows 8_Thumb If you are wondering how to install and make Minecraft work on Windows 8, here’s a small guide for you so you can play that game again.

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In short: Download Java, go update Minecraft, download new graphic card drivers (beta for Consumer Preview) from Nvidia, AMD, Intel


1. Install Java Or “This Application Requires A Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0″

This Application Requires A Java Runtime Environment 1 5 0.Jpg

When you get the error “This Application Requires A Java Runtime Environment” you have to first install Java on Windows 8

Download Java for Windows 8

2. Updating Minecraft

After installing Java you can finally launch Minecraft and login. Now it’s time for a Minecraft update:
Updating Minecraft 2.Jpg

Ok, now starts the fun. You will most likely get the error “bad video card drivers”.

Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode. This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

In order to fix this we need some graphic card drivers that support Windows 8

3. Download Correct Graphic Card Drivers

1. Step Open Windows 8 and download a software called Everest Home (trial) or HWMonitor from cpuid.com (free). You have to find out what hardware sits inside your Windows 8 PC and what graphic card you are using.

We have prepared 2 tutorials for you to help you with

a) Finding out what graphic card you have in Windows 8

b) Updating your graphic card drivers so you can play games such as Minecraft

Short wrap-up (click links for more)

2. Step Open Everest and uncollapse Display, then click on Windows Video to see what graphic card you have

3. Step Check our tutorial (link above) to find out where you can download drivers for Windows 8 Consumer Preview for AMD, NVIDIA and Intel cards. Especially, AMD and NVIDIA already have beta drivers out there supporting a wide range of cards.

Don’t know what Windows 8 version you installed, 32-bit or 64-bit? Read our tutorial What Windows 8 version am I on 32-bit or 64-bit 


Ok, now the Catalyst drivers are quite large 150MB+ so it may take a while to download that and the installation takes another few minutes:

Installing Catalst Drivers On Windows 8 Consumer Preview

A reboot is not required, simply start Minecraft again and you can now see this

Running Minecraft On Windows 8.Jpg

Finally, you should be able to play Minecraft on Windows 8 – if it doesn’t work yet, try bugging AMD and NVIDIA to release some drivers that support your card or do a hardware upgrade so you can play it.

Error Log “Bad Video Card Drivers”

Bad video card drivers!

Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

— BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 ——–
Generated 06.04.12 02:32

Minecraft: Minecraft 1.2.5
OS: Windows NT (unknown) (amd64) version 6.2
Java: 1.6.0_30, Sun Microsystems Inc.
VM: Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc.
LWJGL: 2.4.2
[failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.choosePixelFormat(WindowsPeerInfo.java:52)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsDisplay.createWindow(WindowsDisplay.java:185)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.createWindow(Display.java:311)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:856)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:784)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:765)
at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.a(SourceFile:236)
at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.run(SourceFile:657)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
— END ERROR REPORT e146165 ———-

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2 Responses to Full Guide: How to make Minecraft work on Windows 8 (Java 64-bit, Bad Graphic Card Drivers)

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Cash Exe said:

    It’s easy to fix….

    Step 1. go to device manager

    Step 2. go to display adapters

    Step 3. Right click your graphics

    Step 4. Update driver software

    Step 5. Choose browse my computer for software

    Step 6. Choose let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer

    Step 7. Then choose which ever driver works for you, mine was the ATI Radeon 3000.

    GOOD LUCK ;)

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Corey said:

    In some cases, you will find that your graphics driver is already up-to-date, and yet you still receive the same error message. In those cases, go to Device Manager (Win+X is a shortcut that will bring up a menu containing Device Manager), go to Graphics Drivers, right-click your Graphics Driver, and uninstall the current Graphics Driver. To reinstall a good graphics driver, it is best to go to your OEM’s website (i.e., if the computer is a Dell, go to Dell’s website; for HP, go to HP’s website) and get the recommended driver from their website. When reinstalling the driver, it may give you a warning that the driver you are about to install is older than the current driver – that’s OK. Windows 8 will give you the option to install the new driver in Compatibility mode for Windows 7 – select that option. Restart your computer when prompted.

    Voila! Minecraft is working.

    I thought I would post this in case the driver update solution does not resolve your issue.

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