Battlefield 2042

Fix Battlefield 2042 Crashing, Crash at Startup/Desktop, Won’t Start, and Not Launching

Fix Battlefield 2042 Crashing, Crash at Startup, Won't Start, and Not Launching

Battlefield 2042 has been delayed by a few weeks and the beta is arriving much later than anticipated, but it’s all for the best. It’s better to have a functioning game than something that is bugged and unplayable. Recently, we’ve had so many failed games that it’s better than Battlefield 2042 is delayed. Even with all the careful development, launch issues are inevitable with games and so, we have created this early guide to help you resolve the Battlefield 2042 crashing, crash at startup or to desktop, won’t start, and not launching problems from launch day.

This guide is a work-in-progress and will continue to evolve through the beta, approaching the game release, and after the release. We will update the post with more effective solutions. So, keep reading if you have faced any of the above issues with Battlefield 2042.

If you have visited the article before, the post has been updated with new solutions on 8th Oct.

New Solutions for Battlefield 2042 Crashing 8th Oct

Here are some solutions you can try if you are unable to launch Battlefield 2042. Try each of the solutions one at a time.

  1. Asus’s Lightning Service is great, but it has a bad reputation for CPU consumption and related issues on the PC. If you have this software, disable it.
  2. Try to disconnect the controller and any outher input or output device from your conputer (except for the keyword and mouse). Some other peripheral that not supported by the game may be conflicting and cause the Battlefield 2042 crash at startup. If you have a wheel connected to your PC, unplug that as it may be causing the crash.
  3. Try launching the game from the EA app and close the Origin client.

How to Fix Battlefield 2042 Crashing, Crash at Startup, Crash to Desktop, Won’t Start, and Not Launching

Providing a 100 percent working solution to the crashing problem with a game is rare due to the fact that all users have different system hardware, software, and configurations. The sheer number of causes that can lead a game to fail makes it a very difficult problem to troubleshoot. But, there are certain common areas that we can address and help most users. If Battlefield 2042 crashing at startup, desktop, or not launching, here are the things you need to do.

Update the Graphics Card Driver

While the first fix you must have tried is to update the GPU driver, you may not be doing it right. Don’t use the Device Manager to search for driver updates. Instead, go to the manufacturer’s website or use the GeForce Experience. When updating, choose a clean install.

Do Not Overclock

Overclocking makes the GPU or CPU unstable and that may be the reason for the crash. If you are crashing a lot and you are using OC, it’s likely that the crash may be caused by that. We suggest that you disable the OC and check if Battlefield 2042 is still crashing at startup.

Eliminate the Possibility of Conflicting Programs

More often than not, Battlefield 2042 may be crashing due to a third-party program. The first-ting we personally use at QM Games to troubleshoot crashing problems is to run the game in a clean boot environment. It has many advantages and addresses multiple possible causes at once such as third-party programs, overclocking software, games not launching due to lack of resources, etc. Here are the steps you can follow.

  • Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  • Go to the Services tab
  • Check Hide all Microsoft services
  • Now, click Disable all
  • Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  • Disable one task at a time and restart the system.
  • After the boot, run the game.

Ensure that Battlefield 2042 Files are Not Corrupt

After a fresh install, you would think that the game files cannot be corrupt as Steam checks it before finalizing the install. But, quite often we have seen that the game turns out corrupt after a fresh install, and running the Verify Integrity of Game File on Steam is a quick way to fix it. Launch the Steam Client > go to Library > right-click Battlefield 2042 > Properties > Go to Local Files > click on Verify Integrity of Game Files. Wait for the process to complete.

Reinstall or Update DirectX Files and Visual C++ Redistributable

An issue with the DirectX will most likely result in the game crashing with or without an error. The usual error you would see is a missing DLL. Updating or reinstalling DirectX can fix the issue. Here is a link to the official Microsoft website.

Also, reinstall the Visual C++ Redistributable starting from 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2022. Uninstall these versions and download the fresh copy from the official website of Microsoft. While installing, install both the x86 and x64 versions.

Quick Solutions to Fix Battlefield 2042 Crashing at Launch or Startup

Besides the above solutions, there are a bunch of other things you can consider that can help you run the game.

  1. Play the game on default settings.
  2. Install the game on the C drive and preferably on an SSD.
  3. Go to the install location of the game and try to start the game using the game executable.
  4. Disable the Steam Overlay. While you are at it, disable the Windows Game bar, Discord Overlay, and the GeForce Overlay.
  5. Edit the config files and set Windows to anything other than Fullscreen. Or force the setting from Steam. Go to Steam Library > Right-click on Battlefiled 2042 > Properties > General tab > Set launch Option > Type -windowed –noborder > Ok.

There are a lot of other solutions you can try, but we don’t want to make this post too long. Instead, we will add more solutions as we gather evidence and know which of the solutions work to resolve the issues. So, do check back if you are struggling with Battlefield 2042 crashing, crash at startup, crash to desktop, won’t start, and not launching. If you have solutions that can help others, please share them in the comments.   

Harsh Clif
He is caught in a loop between writing about games and playing them. It's a vicious cycle. Although he's biased towards PC, you can occasionally find him on the PS5. He does not own an Xbox Consoles but plans on getting one soon.


  1. Please fix this issue

  2. this game is shite. i couldn’t even start it after doing everything said on the net except a clean install of windows.

  3. I ended up uninstalling and asking for a refund. I am not interested in reinstalling everything in my ROG Zephyrus to try to play this game. They need to fix this crap first then I might purchase it.

  4. Did the last option as it related to the issue I was having, did not very in any way pc won’t let me log in. Gr8

    1. None of the solutions in this post will prevent you from logging in. If you did not perform the clean boot exactly as instructed, then, there may be problems. What was the fix that you tried before this happened?

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