An Existing Connection Was Forcibly Closed On Minecraft Repair Guide

An Existing Connection Was Forcibly Closed On Minecraft Repair Guide

/ Shayne Sherman

Over the past few years, Minecraft has become one of the biggest games across the World Wide Web. In 2020, the game’s popularity rose to its highest as more people were required to stay home. Unfortunately, while the game is mostly stable, some players encounter errors like the existing connection was forcibly closed. 

In this article, you will be able to find solutions to fix this error. 

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Method 1 – Turn off Windows Firewall

Some players can fix this error by disabling their Windows Firewall.

  1. Hold down the “Windows” + “R” keys on your keyboard and type in “control firewall.cpl” in the run command line.
control firewall
  1. In the Firewall window, click on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.”
allow app through defender
  1. Click on “Change Settings” and put a check on both “Private” and “Public” for all apps with the name “javaw.exe,” “Minecraft,” and Java Platform SE Binary.”
select apps through firewall
  1. If you cannot see the “Minecraft” application on the list, click on “Allow another app.”
allow another app
  1. Click on “Browse,” go to the folder of Minecraft and select “Minecraft Launcher,” and click “Add.” Once it has been added, you will be brought back to the main window of Windows Firewall; click “OK” to complete the steps.
allow minecraft through defender
  1. Once you have completed all the steps, launch Minecraft and see if you are all able to play without any issues.

Method 2 – Create a New Registry Value 

You can access Windows Registry to create a new registry value. This is a troubleshooting step to help your Window fix bugs faster. 

  1. Hold down the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to bring up the Run command, type in “regedit” and click on “OK.”
registry editor 1
  1. You will receive a User Account Control prompt; select Yes.
  2. You are supposed to create a backup before proceeding with the registry, which will help you if anything goes wrong with the steps.
    • Click on the File tab and choose Export.
    • For the File name, it is recommended to name it the date you created the backup. The Export range should be selected for All. Then Save it to a convenient location on your computer.
    • If you need to import it back in, click on the File tab and select Import.
    • Then navigate to the file location.     
export registry
  1. When a backup is ready, double-click on the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE.
  1. Double-click on Microsoft from the folders. 
  2. Locate and double-click the NETFramework folder. 
  3. Click on the folder v4.0.30319. It might be a newer version. But remember to select the highest number version.
  4. Locate SchUseStrongCrypto on the right side. You can create one if you don’t find the value. 
  5. Locate something that says SchUseStrongCrypto on the right side. On the right panel, right-click on the blank area. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Type in SchUseStrongCrypto. Make sure the first letter of each word is capitalized. Then hit Enter after to save.  
  7. Next, double-click on SchUseStrongCrypto. Set the Value data to 1 and click OK.
edit registry entry
  1. Close the Registry Editor.
  2. Reboot your PC for the change to take effect. Then attempt to connect to the remote host again, and your issue should hopefully be resolved.

Method 3 – Change the Server-side View Distance

Some users can resolve the issue by lowering the server view distance. Furthermore, reducing the player’s render distance to lower settings can help. Change these settings by following the steps:

  1. Stop the server if running.
  2. Click on Files.
  3. Next, select Config Files.
  4. Choose Server Settings.
  5. Then, locate the View Distance option.
  6. Change it to 4.
view distance settings
  1. Scroll down and click Save to apply the changes.
  2. Start your server and check for any improvements.

Method 5 – Change To Another DNS Address

Some users can fix existing connection was forcibly closed error by changing into a different DNS address. 

  1. Right-click the network icon on the Taskbar. Select Open Network & Internet settings.
  2. Click Change adapter options and locate the network connection used currently. Right-click and choose Properties.
  3. Next, double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to open its Properties. Check Obtain an IP address automatically. Use the following DNS server addresses, and then input the Google DNS Public DNS address:
change adapter settings
update network properties
change dns settings
  • Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
  • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4
  1. Click OK and try using your Minecraft again. 

Method 6 – Reinstall Java

If you are still experiencing an existing connection that was forcibly closed, try reinstalling your Java. 

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R, type in “appwiz.cpl” in the run command line, and press “Enter.”
app wizard
  1. Locate Java from the list of installed apps and click on Uninstall.
uninstall application
  1. Once uninstalled, download and install the latest version of Java.
  2. Reboot the computer and check for any improvements.

Method 7 – Uninstall and Reinstall Minecraft

If the methods above did not fix your Minecraft error, you could try uninstalling and reinstalling the software. 

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and click OK.
app wizard
  1. Choose Minecraft from the list of installed apps.
  2. Next, click on Uninstall. Click OK to confirm the action.

Once uninstalled, download and reinstall the latest version of Minecraft from the website. 

Final Words

We hope we were able to help you out with fixing the “An Existing Connection Was Forcibly Closed” issue on your Minecraft. If you still have problems despite performing the above steps, we suggest going to their help center.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.