Fix Oculus Quest 2 Runtime Error [In-Depth Analysis 2024]

Written By Farhan Max

Imagine if you could be in video games. The Oculus quest 2 takes you closer to that reality as it is one of the most popular VR gaming devices out there.

Personally, I played the new resident evil 4 on the Oculus quest and I felt like a teenager again. I felt like I was in the game and I faced no problems during my play-through.


Sadly, everyone does not have a smooth experience with the Oculus quest 2. Many users have reported that they are facing a Runtime error while trying to use their Oculus quest 2?

Why does the Oculus quest 2 runtime error occur?

The main reason for the Oculus Quest 2 runtimes to occur is that the Oculus software cannot access the Oculus’s core service. MIsconfigured settings can result in this error and the application is interfering with some settings on your PC.

I know that this is a very frustrating situation to be in and I empathize.

That is why I have conducted a lot of research and have written the latest and best ways you can fix this annoying issue. Read the full post for more details.

How to Fix Oculus Quest 2 Runtime Error

After conducting thorough research, I have found numerous ways that you can follow to fix the  Runtime error on your Oculus quest 2 device. Do not worry if you are not used to troubleshooting on your Windows system, I am here for you.

I have written the procedures in the simplest manner I could, so keep your calm and go through the fixes given below; you got this!

Here are the different ways to fix Oculus Runtime error:

1. Install the Official Oculus Patch

The Oculus team heard the players’ complaints and released an official patch that can fix the Runtime error. After installing the patch, it fixed the problem for the majority of the users.

Please do not be worried if you do not know what to do in this case, keep calm and follow the straightforward steps given below.

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Here are the steps to install the patch to fix the Oculus Runtime error: 

  • Go to app/?id=1900369199996051.
  • Open the exe file. Windows Defender might say, “Windows protected your PC,” click on More info and then click Run anyway.
  • Turn off your antivirus if it interferes with the installation process.
  • Click on Repair.
  • Wait for the Repair process to finish.
  • Launch the Oculus app and check whether the Runtime error still pops up or not.

If this method did not fix the issue, do not be down, other fantastic methods are given in this post, so please go through them.

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2. Reinstall the Oculus App

If installing the official app provided by the team at Oculus did not fix the Runtime error, then you can reinstall the Oculus app on your device to resolve the issue.

Reinstalling any app on Windows is a very simple task that even a child can do nowadays.

I can guarantee you that reinstalling the Oculus app has a very high chance of fixing the Runtime error issue on your Oculus quest 2, so do not waste any time and go through the simple steps given below.

Here are the steps to reinstall the Oculus app to fix runtime error:

  • Navigate to and click on the Start button.
  • Search for the Control panel and enter it.


  • Click on Uninstall a program in the Programs


  • Right-click on Oculus and select uninstall.
  • Wait for the uninstall process to finish.
  • Go to the /ProgramFiles/Oculus folder and delete the Oculus folder.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Wait for your PC to restart.
  • Go to
  • Click on Download Oculus Software option to download the exe setup file.
  • Open the exe file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version of the Oculus app.
  • Launch the Oculus app and see whether the error still pops up or not.

If this procedure did not fix the Oculus Runtime error, please follow the other methods given in this post.

3. Restart Oculus VR Runtime Service

Maybe you do not know, but there are a lot of processes that run in the background when you are using your Windows operating system. You can see these processes by accessing the Task Manager.

You can access the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete buttons together on your keyboard. From there, all you need to do is find the Oculus VR Runtime Sevice and restart it.

If this sounds complex t you, do not be worried, it is a simple task that can be completed in a few simple steps. I believe in you, so keep calm and go through the steps given below.

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Here are the steps to restart the Oculus service to fix the Oculus Runtime error:

  • Press the Crl+Alt+Delte buttons at the same time on your keyboard.
  • Click on Task Manager.
  • Go to the Services If you do not see the tab click on the More details at the bottom left of the box.


  • Find the Oculus VR Runtime Sevice and right-click on it.
  • Click on Restart.
  • Launch the Oculus app and check whether the error still occurs or not.

If this method did not fix the Runtime error issue on Oculus, please follow the fantastic techniques given in this post.

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4. Launch the Oculus App from the Main Directory

Most people launch the Oculus app from the shortcut that is available on the desktop screen or from the shortcut available in the Start menu.

The actual .exe file is available in the directory you selected during the installation process. If you installed Oculus in the default app, then you can find the .exe file in the following path: C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-runtime\OVRServer_x64.exe.

After that, all you need to do is right-click on the OVRServer.exe file and run it as an administrator. If you did not understand what I just explained, follow the simple steps given below and you will be good to go.

Here are the steps to open the Oculus app from the directory to fix Oculus runtime error:

  • Go to C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-runtime\OVRServer_x64.exe.
  • Right-click on the exe file and select Run as an administrator.
  • Check whether the issue is resolved after entering the Oculus app.

5. Update Windows 11

I am providing the steps to update your Windows 11 operating system as it is the latest version of  Windows and I am assuming you are using it.

Even if you are not using Windows 11, the steps will be similar in the other versions of Windows, so the steps given below are still applicable.

The steps are very simple, so there is no reason to be worried, keep calm and go through the simple steps given below.

Here are the steps  to update Windows 11 to fix the Oculus Runtime error:

  • Go to the Search button and enter Settings.


  • Click on Windows Update from the left menu pane.

  • Navigate to and click on the Check for updates


  • Download and install the available updates.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Check whether the issue still occurs.

Hopefully by now, you were able to fix the Oculus runtime error problem.


VR is the future of gaming. Even in movies set in the future, you can see that humans are very eager to create virtual spaces and invent ways to indulge in them completely.

Although we did not reach Bladerunner/Cyberpunk levels of virtual reality, technology is improving and the future looks bright for VR gaming.

I hope we can see amazing VR games with at least 4k graphics in our lifetime.

I have tried my best to provide you with the latest and most relevant fixes to the Oculus Runtime error.

I hope you were able to get rid of this annoying issue and are back to playing amazing games like Resident Evil 4 and Half-Life Alyx. If you have not played these games yet, I highly suggest you do so, as you will miss the best games out on VR now.

I wish you luck in whatever you do in the future. Take care and stay safe!

About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.

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