Fix Deathloop Crashing, Crash at Startup, Won’t Start, and Not Launching

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

Deathloop combines a lot of game mechanics to make an interesting product. In the game, you as the protagonist are trapped in a time loop where you must relive the same day with eight other characters. The game pits you in investigative work, experimentation, and a lot of shooting. Your goal in the game is to break the time loop and escape as you discover interesting and chilling facts about the place.

While the game is great, not everyone is having a good time as users are reporting the Deathloop Crashing, Crash at Startup, Won’t Start, and Not Launching problems. All these issues are caused by the same underlying cause unless the game crashes mid-game. When the game crashes mid-game, it’s due to poor optimization or your PC failing to meet the requirements of the game.

How to Fix Deathloop Crash, Won’t Start, and Not Launching

Deathloop crash at start or not launching is usually caused due to third-party software or certain functions of applications that prevent the execution of the game’s executable. The sheer number of reasons that can lead to the crash makes it a difficult task to suggest one or few solutions. There is a long checklist you need to follow for the game to work. Don’t worry though we have you covered.

  1. Run the game in a clean boot environment
    • One of the first solution we try when we encounter crash at startup in games is to run the game in a clean boot environment. It eliminates the chances of third-party software interfering with the game and causing the crash. Also, if you ahve RivaTuner installed, disable it as that is causing the crash. It also ensure that no other resource hogging application is running in the background. Here are the steps to perform the clean boot.
    • Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
    • In General tab, uncheck Load startup items
    • Go to the Services tab
    • Check Hide all Microsoft services
    • Now, click Disable all
    • Click on Apply and OK.
  2. Verify the integrity of game files
    • More often than not, the game files get corrupted during installation. A simple check of the files should fix the problem. Here are the steps for Steam.
    • Launch the Steam client > LIBRARY, right-click on Deathloop > Properties > LOCAL FILES > click on VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES…
  3. Disable MSI Afterburner and RivaTuner. If you tried the first solution, it should take care of that. If you want to use RivaTuner, set the Application Detection Level to Medium, Low, or None. Having the Application Detection Level to High crashes the game. Also, if you are facing porblems with RTSS and MSI Afterburner, set RivaTuner to None.
  4. Update the graphics card driver.
  5. Try launching the game from GeForce Experience.

Fix Deathloop Error 0xC0000005 (Access Violation)

It seems that Ray Tracing is the main cause behind the error. So, if your GPU supports it and you have it enabled, disable Ray Tracing to fix the error. As we have instructed in the above post, try to launch the game from GeForce Experience and that should also work to fix the Deathloop Error 0xC0000005. Besides the two solutions, we also suggest that you try the above solutions if the error occurs when you launch the game. RivaTuner in particular is crashing the game for a lot of users.

Deathloop DLC Not Unlocking

You need to complete 3 loops and the DLC should unlock automatically.

Fix Deathloop Error 0xC0000001D Illegal Instruction Error

For some reason, users who get this error are all on Steam. The Steam client seems to be a cause of this error on some PCs. The simplest fix is to refund the game on Steam and get it from Bethesda. Also, RivaTuner seems to be another common application among users who encounter the error. If you have the RivaTuner Statistics Server installed that’s the cause. The above solution we suggest for RivaTuner should work. Set the Application Detection Level to Medium, Low, or None.

This guide is a work-in-progress. Please check the guide 12 hours after release. We will update the post with specific solutions to counter any known issues with the game.   

Rachel Zang
Rachel is a student at Donghua University, Shanghai. She has been playing video games and participating in forums for over a decade. Something she credits her English language skills to. For the past 8 months, she has been a contributing writer with QM Games. While her choice of games is diverse, she's particularly interested in JRPGs.

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