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Fix Command and Conquer Remastered Error Game Not Launching Or Crash At Startup

Command and Conquer Remastered Error Game Not Launching Or Crash At Startup

Command and Conquer Remastered is out and players who have waited months for the game are suddenly unable to play the game due to errors. The “Game Not Launching” Or “Crash at Startup” are the most common errors with the game. There are various reasons due to which the error emerges such as outdated graphics card drivers, Steam overlay, error with xinput1_3.dll File, Windows Defender, third-party game optimization software, outdated OS, and lack of admin privilege.

Here are the fix you can try.  

Fix 1: Update Graphics Card Drivers

If you use GeForce experience, you can directly install the update from the software. Or, you can manually download the graphics card driver from the official website of respective manufacturers. After you have downloaded the copy, double-click and follow the onscreen instructions to install the software. You can also completely uninstall the driver using any third-party tool and install the new updated driver fresh.

Fix 2: Disable Steam Overlay

Disabling the Steam Overlay has resolved this error for a lot of users. You can disable it for specific games or for all games. We will show you how to disable Steam Overlay using the global settings disabling Overlay for all games. Here is how you can disable the Overlay for all games and fix Command and Conquer Remastered errors “Game Not Launching” Or “Crash at Startup”.

  1. From the Steam client Home Screen, click on Steam
  2. Click on Settings and select the In-Game from the menu
  3. Uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game
Disable Steam Overlay
  • Click OK to save the changes.
  • Now, try launching the game.

Fix 3: Reinstall DirectX

As discussed, if the xinput1_3.dll File is missing or hidden it can also lead to the errors “Game Not Launching” Or “Crash at Startup”. You can resolve this issue by reinstalling the DirectX. To do this, create a system restore, uninstall the current DirectX, download the latest DirectX from the official website, and install it.

Fix 4: Set Exclusion on Virus and Threat Protection / Antivirus

As this problem can also be caused due to your system malware protection detecting DOOM Eternal .exe as a malware, placing an exception on the Command and Conquer Remastered folder can solve the errors “Game Not Launching” Or “Crash at Startup” error. Here are the steps to follow.

Windows Virus and Threat Protection

  1. Press Windows Key + I and select Update and Security
  2. Go to Windows Security and click on Virus & threat protection
  3. Under Virus & threat protection settings, click on Manage settings
  4. Scroll down to locate Exclusions, click on Add or remove exclusions
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and add exclusion to Command and Conquer Remastered folder installed on your PC.

Kaspersky Internet Security

Home >> Settings >> Additional >> Threats and Exclusions >> Exclusions >> Specify Trusted Applications >> Add


Home >> Settings >> Components >> Web Shield >> Exceptions >> Set the exception

Avast Antivirus

Home >> Settings >> General >> Exclusions >> Set the exclusion

Fix 5: Disable or Remove GeForce Experience / MSI Afterburner

Sometimes the third-party software can tune the GPU settings that does not pair with the game leading to the error. By simply disabling the software, you can resolve the errors. You can uninstall the programs to disable them or simply disable them from the Task Manager. Disable the programs via any method that suits you. Once done, try playing the game and check if the error still appears.

Fix 6: Updating the Windows OS

If you are playing the game from Windows 7, the most probable cause of the problem is an outdated OS, you need to install the latest update for Win 7 – update KB3080149 or newer.  

Often times, when the OS is outdated, it can cause problems with new games as new titles are designed for the updated version of the OS. Hence, update the Windows 10 OS to fix the problem.

You can do this via the Update application on your windows, search for update and the latest update should appear. Install them all.

Fix 7: Provide the Game Admin Privileges

The Command and Conquer Remastered  “Game Not Launching” Or “Crash at Startup” can be caused when the game does not have admin permission. By providing the game admin privilege you can resolve the error. Here are the steps:

  1. Locate the game executable ( C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda.net Launcher\games\DOOM Eternal or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\DOOM Eternal )
  2. Right-click and select Properties
  3. Go to Compatibility tab and check the box that reads Run this program as an administrator
  4. Save the changes.

We hope by now you would have resolved the crash on startup or not launching error. Let us know in the comments what worked for you.

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.

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