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PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

by GoldenTwinkiez

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PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'GoldenTwinkiez' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed


Please help, there must be more people out there who need help aswell so please REPLY!


Tried all the ''solutions'' and they dont do **bleep**. and with ''**bleep**'' i mean IT DOES NOT #¤%&/()=?£$€{[ HELP AT ALL :>



Thank you for your time.


Edit: Just found out something. may it be windows 8? on my other computer running windows 7 it works and for my friends who uses windows 7.

Reply please :D


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PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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After a while of Loading, the screen goes black and the Loading is still there in the top right corner. Then after a few secs it shuts down and i get the error.


Tried to join different kinds of servers with different numbers of players on, actually 10 times now.


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Re: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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I'm having the exact same problem


//EDIT: Adding those htm files and installing pb and adding bf4 and update after that solved the problem for me.


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Re: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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Me too. Any solutions yet?

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no sorry :/

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Re: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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Look at my EDIT!

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Re: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed




Make sure your anti-virus is not blocking punkbuster, also check windows firewall. 

Punkbuster has 2 services running in the background in order to check your PC for hacks or 3rd party programs influencing the game.


They are called:



In order to enable both do:


1. Press Windows button and R at the same time

2. enter "Services.msc"

3. Locate PnkBstraA on the list

4. Mark both and select "Start the service" on the left side.

4B. If already running restart it.


This should resolve your issue.


Regards, Libever 


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Re: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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Already tried this... :/

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Re: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed

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reinstalled, upgraded nothing helps

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Accepted Solution

Do every step in this page to fix this problem 


Also try this additional steps if the above does not work


1. Open windows firewall
2. click advanced settings( on the left) and then inbound (also left)
3. Find PnkbstrA.exe and PnkbstrB.exe (if you have two of both, its fine)
4. right click on each of them>properties>programs and services
5. make sure that "all programs that meet the specifications" is checked
6. then go to the "Advanced" tab and check all 3 boxes. Domain, Private and Public.
7. REMEMBER TO DO THIS FOR ALL PnkBstr Files. then save and quit.
8. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 4 and delete "Pb" folder.
9. go to these 2 links:
10. download and install both
11. Run Pbsetup.exe (the first link)
12. add a game (eg. bf4)
13. check for updates.


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