After invading the smartphone scene with over 12 million copies sold, Rovio’s puzzle video game Angry Birds made it to the PC last January. I’ve been playing it on a Windows 7 based computer for the last two weeks and I’ve got to say that it’s a fantastic port. The addictive gameplay is back with a mouse based control scheme and better, more detailed graphics over its mobile counterparts. In my experience, the gameplay was almost perfect with no major technical glitches or bugs coming in the way. However, several of our readers had E-mailed us with some issues they had with the game. So here’s our troubleshooting article for Angry Birds for the PC – listed below are some commonly reported problems, along with their potential solutions and workarounds.

Angry birds keeps minimizing to desktop

This was one of the biggest problems I had with this game and in the end the solution turned out to be a pretty simple one (at least in my case). If angry birds keeps minimizing to desktop at random times, please check if your Mozilla Firefox web browser is closed prior to running the game.

Fix for ‘application failed to start due to configuration…’ error

Sometimes, you may be greeted with the error message "This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem." when trying to launch angry birds. If the problem persists even after a reinstall, it could be due to your computer not having the necessary VC++ runtime files installed. You need to have C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL Security Update installed for the game to work properly. 32-bit and 64-bit installations for this can be found here.

Problems with screen sizing and other display issues

  1. Right click the Angry Birds executable (AngryBirds.exe) and select properties.
  2. Switch to the ‘Compatibility’ tab.
  3. Tick ‘disable display scaling on high dpi settings’.
  4. Press ok to save and close the dialog. Try launching the game.

Fix texture is too large error in Angry Birds (PC)

This error can be caused by running the game in an unsupported resolution. You can change the resolution by editing the configuration file.

  1. Navigate to the Angry Birds installation path (default C:\Program Files\Rovio\Angry Birds )
  2. Locate the config.lua file. Open it with a text editor such as notepad.
  3. Lower the display resolution by changing values next to Width and Height strings. For starters, lower it down to Width = 1024 and Height = 600 (a known, supported resolution  for AB).
  4. Save and close the file. Run the game to see if the error message issue is fixed.

How to run Angry Birds in Windowed mode

  1. Navigate to the Angry Birds installation path (default C:\Program Files\Rovio\Angry Birds )
  2. Locate the config.lua file. Open it with a text editor such as notepad.
  3. Set the fullscreen variable to false. Save, close the file and run the game.

Missing MSVCR100.dll error file during launch

Download the MSVCR100.dll file from this location and copy it to your System32 directory (default C:\Windows\System32). For any other missing DLL file errors, please update your DirectX to the latest monthly runtime from here.

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12 Comments

  1. Pranav // 2/19/2011 03:35:00 AM  

    Hi,
    This game used to work fine , but I performed a format on my system and installed Xp SP3 and now the game wont work.

    I have installed the C++ redistributable , latest DirectX, Latest graphic drivers, java, Dot net framework, etc.

    I am getting the following error error message--
    "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0150002)"

    Please Help...Thanks.

  2. ernie_ern // 3/17/2011 06:08:00 PM  

    No matter how much i set for the width and height(even 10x10)in the config-notepad.i still received the error of "texture istoo large: 2048x2048,maximum supported size:1024x1024".*my PC is windows 7*please help me.thanks

  3. Ergonomic Designer // 4/09/2011 04:46:00 AM  

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  4. Ankit Y8 // 6/03/2011 01:27:00 AM  

    I am on Vista Home Premium - the game had missing dll - downloading it and extracting to system 32 solved it. Then the game opened and started but display occupied only half the screen.

    I searched a lot - updated lots of drivers, did research on intel & OpenGL nonsense - right clicking on angrybirds.exe and changing the resolution to 640 X 480 solved the problem - tks to this blog :)

  5. Aditya's // 7/05/2011 12:17:00 PM  

    OpenGl 2.0 is not support & OpenGL 1.3 is not supported can any solve dis problem for me...thanks...

  6. Aeryk // 8/23/2011 09:32:00 PM  

    I changed the Fullscreen to false and it still says that the Texture is too large. Please Help...Thanks.

  7. mekmad // 12/03/2011 05:19:00 AM  

    After playing for a little while the game starts to get choppy on my PC. I usually have to shut down, wait a bit and try again. I thought it might be a RAM problem but I don;t have any programs open. Any ideas?

  8. kaupo // 1/08/2012 05:20:00 PM  

    texture is always large, whatever ill do. badly made game !!!!!!!

  9. Katie Jernigan // 3/05/2012 02:55:00 AM  

    After installing both angry birds and angry birds rio I get an error message that says " DirectSoundCreate8 Failed"

    Is that something to do with the game?

  10. John Tracker // 12/15/2012 05:32:00 PM  
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  12. Dipten Laskar // 6/12/2014 07:07:00 AM  

    After installing both angry birds and angry birds rio I get an error message that says " DirectSoundCreate8 Failed"

    How to solve this problem?