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Fallout 76 PC Beta Test – Bethesda Launcher

The Fallout 76 PC beta test should be starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Preloads for the beta through the Bethesda launcher have been suffering issues.

Users have found the Fallout 76 PC beta test deleting itself from their computers. The game’s subreddit and Twitter hashtag are full of people complaining about the issue. Here’s how to make sure that it doesn’t affect you.

Fallout 76 PC Beta — How to Avoid the Problem

The Fallout 76 beta is available through Bethesda’s proprietary launcher. The PC beta has been available for download for several days, and that is now causing trouble for users. Users are reporting that the beta files are being deleted when they click anything in the launcher.

You should not click on anything in the launcher to avoid the problem. Bethesda support is aware of the problem, and have said to not click anything in the launcher client for the time being. Further, some users are reporting issues with the launcher as a whole, and it won’t let some log in whatsoever.

Bethesda support said, “PC Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. players: We are aware of an issue with the client and are investigating. Do not click any buttons on the client for the time being.” The beta launch timer was accidentally set to expire two hours earlier than expected on PC, at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Some users are speculating that the countdown mistake is partly to blame for the issues.

Fallout 76 PC beta — Can You Recover the Deleted Pre-Load?

If your Fallout 76 beta files were deleted, there is a chance you can recover them. Some Reddit users have found that recovery program Recuva might be able to recover the files.

With the beta still waiting to launch, and the launcher issues these users have been unable to verify if using Recuva actually worked. They have noted that nearly 50GB of files were restored to their Fallout 76 folder, but these could be corrupted or otherwise useless files.

Bethesda is currently working to fix the problem as soon as possible. The Fallout 76 PC beta runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET tonight. Several more beta periods will be coming after tonight’s beta.