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How to fix the “This build of Vanguard is out of compliance” error in VALORANT

Riot removed support for older devices.

Riot requires you to have Vanguard installed on your computer to ensure the competitive integrity of your game. However, if you are returning to VALORANT after a long time, or maybe you are paying on a new computer you may come across an error. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fix "This Build of Vanguard is out of compliance" error in VALORANT.

There are obviously multiple factors that can impact why Vanguard is not working as intended on your computer. We have created multiple sections for the same. You can find them below.

On February 25, 2023 Riot Games announced Vanguard (and by extension, VALORANT) would no longer work on Windows 8 and 8.1. This would ensure better security for VALORANT players but Riot had to take the tough decision of dropping support for older systems.

Update Windows

  1. Open Windows settings (Win key + I)
  2. Click on Update and Security 
  3. Click on Check for Updates
  4. After the updates are downloaded, you will get a prompt to install the new update. Follow through next steps

Firstly, make sure your Windows is up to date. Vanguard often refers to the latest Windows security to ensure your system is in compliance with the Riot standards. So make sure your system is up to date with the latest security patch.

Reinstall Vanguard

You can also attempt to reinstall Vanguard. For this you need to go through the following steps.

  1. Search for Control Panel in the Start Menu
  2. Click Programs
  3. Go to Uninstall a Program
  4. Search for ‘Riot Vanguard’
  5. Right-click on the program
  6. Click Uninstall
  7. Restart your system
  8. Download and install Vanguard from the official website

When you play the VALORANT, you should get a prompt to download and install Vanguard on your system.

Enable Secure boot

Before we go forward, it is very very important to consult the manual for your motherboard. Since different manufacturers have different recommendations any unwanted changes to the BIOS might often result in startup problems.

  1. To fix this you need to turn Secure Boot on in the BIOS Tab of BIOS
  2. The Secure Boot option won't be available until you turn CSM (Compatibility Support Module) off in BIOS
  3. If you're like me, Secure Boot will show as "Enabled" but also "Not Active", and this issue will persist through reboots
  4. To fix this, change Secure Boot Mode from Standard to Custom, then immediately back to Standard. It'll ask you if you want to restore defaults or something. Say yes.
  5. If it boots you out of BIOS, go back into BIOS and ensure that Secure Boot is enabled

We want to remind you to use your computer's manual for this and not rely only on this article. This is very important.

ASUS and GIGABYTE motherboards:

  1. Enter the BIOS settings
  2. If the Boot mode is CSM or Legacy, change it to UEFI
  3. Go to the top menu, navigate to the Secure option, and disable it
  4. Change the Secure Boot mode to custom
  5. Change the mode back to standard
  6. Set the BIOS to factory defaults or restore defaults and confirm the changes
  7. Re-enter the BIOS settings and enable Secure Boot again
  8. Confirm any message that appears, save changes, and exit the BIOS
  9. Now Secure Boot should be activated successfully.

MSI motherboards:

  1. Access the BIOS settings
  2. If the Boot mode is set to CSM or Legacy, change it to UEFI
  3. Navigate to the Security option, then go to Secure Boot and disable it
  4. Change the mode back to standard
  5. Go to Settings, then Advanced, and finally enable Secure Boot
  6. Save the modifications and exit the BIOS

With this, your Vanguard should hopefully, be devoid of any bugs and it should work flawlessly.

What is Vanguard in VALORANT?

Vanguard is Riot's security system that requires permission to read your computer data to ensure a fair and competitive game. Vanguard is the anti-cheat module for VALORANT app.

When you launch VALORANT, the Riot Vanguard app also runs in the background. This will ensure you are not using any illegal cheats to gain an unfair advantage.

Stay tuned to for the latest VALORANT news and updates.