NBA 2K17 is a popular basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. But why is my NBA 2K17 not loading? Well, this post from MiniTool will tell you the reasons and offer you corresponding solutions to fix the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue.

Why Is My NBA 2K17 Not Loading?

NBA 2K17 is the 18th installment in the game series, but due to some updates, many players encounter some NBA 2K17 issues. Why is my NBA 2K17 not loading? Why does my NBA 2K17 keep freezing? There are different reasons for NBA 2K17 issues, and some common reasons are listed below:

  • Not meeting the minimum system requirements
  • Outdated graphics card drivers
  • Unstable or weak Internet connection
  • Antivirus blocking NBA 2K17 loading
  • Damaged game files

How to Fix the “NBA 2K17 Won’t Load” Issue?

Now you know the possible reasons for “NBA 2K17 won’t load”, but before you take the following methods, you can try to restart NBA 2k17 to see if the issue is fixed. If not, choose one of the methods below to solve your problem.

Method 1: Check System Requirements

To fix the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue, the first thing you should do is to check the system requirements for running NBA 2K17. Here are the system requirements of NBA 2K17:

Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements
OS Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom™ II X4 805 @ 2.50 GHz or better Intel® Core™ i5-4430 @ 3 GHz / AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
Memory 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 430 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 6450 1GB or better NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 2GB / ATI® Radeon™ R9 270 2GB or better
DirectX Version 11 Version 11
Storage 70 GB available space 70 GB available space
Sound Card DirectX 9.0x compatible DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

If your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements of NBA 2K17, then you may encounter the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. If you can play the game before, one possible reason for this issue is that the storage on the drive is not enough.

Therefore, what you should do is use File Explorer to check your hard drive’s space. How to do that? Here is the full guide:

Step 1: Press Win + E on the keyboard to open File Explorer.

Step 2: Right-click the drive where NBA 2K17 is installed and choose Properties from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: In this window, you can see the size of free space under the General tab.

the size of free space

If the free space is less than 70 GB, you will encounter the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. In this case, to fix this issue, you can remove some unnecessary files or folders to free up space. However, if this doesn't work but there is free space on other partitions, you can extend the target partition by taking free space from them.

How to take free space from another partition? MiniTool Partition Wizard, a professional and reliable app, can help you extend the target partition in a few steps. In addition, you can use this app to format partition, convert MBR to GPT without data loss, check file system, copy/wipe disk, perform disk surface test, and so on.

The way to use MiniTool Partition Wizard is quite simple and easy. Get MiniTool Partition Wizard and launch it to access its interface. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your computer.

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Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to its main interface. Choose one of the following ways to activate the Extend function:

  • Click the Extend Partition option from the left action pane after selecting the target partition.
  • Right-click on the target partition, and then select Extend in the pop-up menu.

choose Extend Partition

Step 2: A small window pops up, and you can open the drop-down list of Take Free Space from and choose a partition to take free space. Then, drag the sliding handle to the left or right to determine how much space to take, and finally click OK.

take free space

Step 3: In the main interface, you can preview the enlarged partition. Then, please click the Apply button to apply changes

click Apply

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Method 2: Check Whether DirectX & Microsoft Visual C++ Are Installed

DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ are one of the most important components to run NBA 2K17 smoothly. So, you need to check if these components are installed on your computer. If not installed, you may receive the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. How to check them? Here is the full guide:

How to check whether DirectX is installed?

Here you can use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to determine the version of DirectX that is installed on your computer. Please follow the steps below to check it:

Step 1: Press Win + R on the keyboard, type dxdiag in the search box and then click OK or press the Enter key.

Step 2: Under the System tab, you can see the version of DirectX on the DirectX Version line.

check the version of DirectX

Note: If Windows cannot find the dxdiag program, it means that DirectX version 5.0 or earlier is installed on your computer. In this case, please download and install the latest version of DirectX.

How to check whether Microsoft Visual C++ is installed?

Step 1: Press Win + R keys to open the Run window, type appwiz.cpl in the search box, and then press Enter.

Step 2: In the Programs and Features window, scroll down to check if Microsoft Visual C++ is installed.

check Microsoft Visual C++

Note: NBA 2K17 requires Visual C++ Redistributable 2012 to be installed. If you don’t install Visual C++ Redistributable 2012, you can follow this link to download and install it.

In addition, you can also check RAM on your computer, and if necessary, you need to upgrade or replace the RAM.

Method 3: Update Graphics Card Drivers

Why is my NBA 2K17 not loading? Maybe you don’t have the correct graphics card drivers installed on your computer. Actually, graphics card drivers are the main components that facilitate the interaction between the game and the hardware. If the drivers are outdated or corrupt, you may encounter “NBA 2K17 won’t load”.

Therefore, updating graphics card drivers may fix the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. But before that, you can check what graphics card your computer has and then follow this post “How to Update Graphics Card Drivers (NVIDIA/AMD/Intel)?” to update graphics drivers.

In addition, you can uninstall graphics drivers and then go to the NVIDIA official download site to download and reinstall graphics drivers to solve your problem. After that, reboot your computer, and then relaunch the game to see if the problem is resolved.

Method 4: Check Your Internet Connection

Why is my NBA 2K17 not loading? One of the most straightforward reasons for the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue is an unstable or weak Internet connection. Therefore, you need to check your Internet connection, and here is how to do that:

Step 1: Click the Start menu, and click the Settings button to open Settings. Then, choose Network & Internet.

Step 2: Now, you can check whether the network status says “You’re connected to the Internet.”

check Internet connection

If the Internet connection isn’t fine, you can try to troubleshoot the internet connection to fix the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue.

Method 5: Disable Antivirus Temporarily

To protect your computer, the antivirus program on your computer may prevent NBA 2K17 from accessing the computer. In this case, disabling antivirus temporarily may fix the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. Here is how to do that:

Tip: You’d better scan your computer for malware before disabling antivirus and firewall.

Step 1: Press the Win + I keys on the keyboard and then choose Update & Security.

Step 2: In this window, choose Windows Security in the left panel and then click Virus & threat protection.

click Virus & threat protection

Step 3: Now, choose Manage settings. In the next window, set Real-time protection off under Virus & threat protection settings.

Once you complete the above steps, restart your computer and relaunch NBA 2K17 to see if the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue is fixed.

Method 6: Run NBA 2K17 as an Administrator

Sometimes, running a game as an administrator may fix some issues such as game not loading, game crash, etc. How to do that? Here is the complete guide:

Step 1: Locate the NBA2K17.exe file on your computer and then right-click it to choose Properties.

Step 2: Under the Compatibility tab, tick Run this program as an administrator. Then, click the Apply button and click OK.

tick Run this program as an administrator

After that, if there is still the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue, please go to the last method.

Method 7: Verify Integrity of Game Files

If the game files are damaged, it may trigger the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. Therefore, you should check if you have a valid game file on your gaming platform. If you download the game on Steam, you can use the built-in function to verify the integrity of the game files. This can redownload files to fix this issue.

Step 1: Launch Steam and click LIBRARY from the top bar. Then, locate NBA 2K17 from the left column, right-click it, and choose Properties.

Step 2: Then, choose the LOCAL FILES tab and then choose the Verify integrity of game files option.

choose Verify integrity of game files

Once done, wait for the verification process to end and try to relaunch NBA 2K17. In addition, you can also uninstall and then reinstall NBA 2K17 on Steam.

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Bottom Line

Why is my NBA 2K17 not loading? After reading this post, you can try these methods when you encounter the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue. If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements of NBA 2K17, you can extend the partition where the game is installed using MiniTool Partition Wizard.

If you have any questions about how to fix the “NBA 2K17 won’t load” issue, please leave them in the comment zone and we will try our best to answer them. If you need any help when using MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can contact us via [email protected].

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