Can Cities Skylines Run on Windows 11?

Recently, lots of users reported that they can’t launch Cities Skylines after they upgrade to Windows 11. Therefore, they doubt that Cities Skylines is incompatible with Windows 11. That’s why they can’t run Cities Skylines on Windows 11. Actually, Cities Skylines can run on Windows 11 as long as your hardware requirements are met. Then, what are the reasons causing Cities Skylines not launching on Windows 11 and how to fix it? Keep reading.

Cities Skylines on Windows 11

Cities Skylines System Requirements

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, your Windows 11 PC can run Cities Skylines as long as the hardware requirements are met. So, let’s firstly check the Cities Skylines system requirements. You can check it by yourself.

System RequirementsMinimumRecommended
OSMicrosoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit)Microsoft Windows 7/8 (64-bit)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHzIntel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz
Memory4 GB RAM6 GB RAM
Video cardnVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
Vertex shader4.05.0
Pixel Shader4.05.0
Dedicated video ram4 GB4 GB
Storage512 MB 2048 MB

Cities: Skylines is a city management simulation game developed by Colossal Order Ltd. and published by Paradox Interactive. It was released on March 10, 2015 and landed on the PC platform, and the XBOX version was released on April 21, 2017. December 19, 2017 PS4 version released today.

The game introduces new gameplay elements that give players a first-hand experience of the excitement and hard work of creating and maintaining a real city, while expanding on some of the themes in the city-building experience.

Launched by the makers of the Urban Transport series, this game features a no-compromise transport system. It also gives players the ability to tailor the game to their own playstyle, well balanced against the multi-level and challenging simulation features.

Building your city from scratch is easy to learn but hard to master. In the game, as the mayor of the city, you will face the challenge of balancing various necessary needs, such as education, hydropower, police, fire, medical and many more issues, with the real economic system of your city. The inhabitants of your city respond to numerous game scenarios with seriousness and flexibility, with a strong sense of realism.

How to fix Cities Skylines not launching on Windows 11

Some users are facing the problem Cities Skylines not launching on Windows 11 even their devices meet the Cities Skylines system requirements. If you are one of them, you are recommended to try the following methods.

Method 1 Enable Cities Skylines Compatibility Mode

Right-click Steam icon>Properties>Compatibility tab on properties window>Check the checkbox before the option Run this program in compatibility mode for (Windows 7 recommended)>Apply>OK button. Now you can see if Cities Skylines can run on Windows 11. If not, keep reading.

Launch Game in Compatibility Mode

Method 2 Run Cities Skylines as Administrator

To run Steam as administrator: right-click Steam>Properties>Compatibility tab>check the box before the Run this program as an administrator>Apply>OK.

To run Cities Skylines as administrator: locate to the folder where Cities Skylines is installed to find the Cities Skylines exe file.

To run Cities Skylines as an administrator: right-click Cities Skylines exe file and select Properties>Compatibility tab>tick the box before Run this program in compatibility mode for; and then select your previous operating system>tick Run this program as an administrator>Apply>OK.

After that, you can check if the issue is fixed or not.

Run as administrator
Run as administrator

Method 3 Verify Game Files

Go to Library in Steam and right-click on Cities: Skylines>Properties>Local Files > Verify integrity of game files.

Verify integrity of game files
Verify integrity of game files

Method 4 Update Graphics Card Driver for Cities Skylines

Download and install Driver Booster which is a driver updating software to help users to check and update all outdated, missing or faulty drivers with 1 click. Click on the middle Scan button to check all outdated, missing or faulty drivers on your PC. Update the graphics card driver.

In most cases, the issue Cities Skylines not launching or working might be caused by outdated or incorrect graphics card driver. therefore, you should check your graphics card driver at first and then update it.

Method 5 Update Windows 11

Click on start menu and search for Update>Check for updates>Install the latest update. Restart your PC to check if you can play Elden Ring on Windows 11 or not.

Cities Skylines not launching may be caused by the system bugs. Therefore it may be work to keep your system updated.

Update windows
Update windows


In summary, Cities Skylines is compatible with Windows 11. If you have the issue that Cities Skylines can’t launch after upgrade to Windows 11, you need firstly check your hardware requirements and then try above methods to fix this issue.


One Comment

  1. I would say try uninstalling and reinstalling the application. As i just installed it onto my Windows 11 Machine and I havent had any issues.

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