Red Dead Redemption 2: Stuck on Decrypting

Last Updated on November 5, 2019

RDR 2 Stuck on Decrypting – Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t need any introduction. RDR2 is well known for its amazing storyline and gameplay. PC Gamers can rejoice as the Playstation exclusive is finally making its way to PC and you will be able to download and play it from a few hours from now.

Update: The game is available for preload from the Rockstar Games Launcher.

If for some reason you are stuck on Decrypting while trying to launch Red Dead Redemption 2 then follow this guide.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Stuck on Decrypting

Don’t worry this is not an error or anything. This will only take 10-20 minutes to complete. I am also angry about the fact that they are making us do this after preloading. Making us wait for 30 minutes, even after the game launch.

The game has just launched on PC and there are way too many people trying to get in. When you start the game for the first time, and it will decrypt the downloaded files. This process will take a while depending on your PC specifications. For me it was stuck for the first time, I tried looking around, didn’t find anything.

Solution: Restart your launcher, decryption will happen again and the problem will be solved. This will take around 20-30 minutes depending on your computer. The process will be faster on SSDs.

Do comment below if this guide helped you out.

About the game – Red Dead Redemption 2 has been developed and published by Rockstar Games. The famous studio is known for its big titles such as Grand Theft Auto (All series), Max Payne, L.A. Noire to name a few. The developer has said that you won’t need a beefy gaming rig to run this title as it has been developed and furnished very well. However, we can never be sure about developers hyping their games since most of the AAA titles have multiple issues on release days.

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11 thoughts on “Red Dead Redemption 2: Stuck on Decrypting”

  1. Thank you for the info. It was very helpful.

    I am also in your camp as to being *** with the BS of decrypting at launch time. For crying-out-loud, could these morons responsible for this not have started the process before launch time.

  2. Thanks for posting this so fast. I needed to find out what the hell was happening. I thought i had to download the game all over again after pre-loading. Im sure there is a reason for it, but i dont like it.

  3. This doesn’t work. Still stuck decrypting. Tried restarting the decryption process several times. Each time it gets to a different amount before it gives an error. After reading this I tried closing the launcher and restarting.. Still get the same error.

    Getting ticked off.

  4. One Strange thing of note. The FIRST time I restarted the Rockstar Launcher the Total amount of the Game size decreased to 98.48GB for the Decryption amount to complete. But after getting follow up errors and restarting that total size stayed the same.

  5. Thanks an explanatory note would be great!! rather than download 109GB two days before launch,,, and the inky notice is say decrypting 98 GB, Rockstar this is a real let down for a quality brand as yours!

  6. doesnt work stuck on 7.60 gb of 90.56 left have restarted launcher several times and pc and it does not go any further

  7. I’ve been decrypting for almost 2hrs already and it’s only 3/4 of the way finished. The game itself also took all night to pre-load, I’m having some Epic launcher game-download times here…


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