Destroy All Humans

Fix Destroy All Humans Crashing at Startup or Failed to Launch

Destroy All Humans Crashing at Startup or Failed to Launch

The Cult-classic Destroy All Humans! Is out and players are having a great time playing the game. After a long time, we have seen a masterpiece remaster of a game. Every element of the game has been rebuild, but yet the core of the game that made it famous remains intact. However, a number of users on PC are experiencing errors such as Destroy All Humans crashing at startup or failed to start.  

There can be several cause of this error, but first thing the user must ensure is their system meets the minimum requirements.

OSWindows 10 (64 bit)Windows 10 (64 bit)
ProcessorAMD Kaveri A10-7850K or Intel Pentium DualCore G3220 or newer is recommended / Ryzen 5 2400G (for systems using an integrated GPU)AMD Ryzen 3 1300x or Intel Core i3 8100 or newer is recommended
Memory8 GB RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsAMD/NVIDIA dedicated graphics card, with at least 4GB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 11.0 and Shader Model 5.1 supportAMD/NVIDIA dedicated graphics card, with at least 4GB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 12.0 and Shader Model 6.0 support DirectX: Version 12
DirectXVersion 11Version 12
Storage19 GB available space19 GB available space
Sound CardIntegrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcardIntegrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard

Fix Destroy All Humans Crashing at Startup or Failed to Launch

If your system meets the minimum recommendation and yet the error occurs, the problem could arise due to an outdated graphics driver software or OS. There are several other causes that can lead to the error which we have addressed in the post. Stick around and you can fix the crashing problem with Destroy All Humans!  

Fix 1: Terminate Unnecessary Applications

With so many games, third-party software that forcefully inject themselves between operations cause crash in the game. Hence, the first thing we must do to resolve the Destroy All Humans crashing on startup or failed to launch error is suspend all unnecessary programs and then launch the game. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. In General tab, uncheck Load startup items
  3. Go to the Services tab
  4. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  5. Now, click Disable all
  6. Click on Apply and OK.

Try launching the game, check if the error still occurs.

Fix 2: Update the Graphics Card Drivers

Although an outdated graphics card driver causes the most crashes, it’s a gamer’s modus operandi to keep all drivers and software updated on the system. This includes the OS, audio drivers, motherboards, processors, etc.

So, first update the graphics card drivers and check if Destroy All Humans crashes on startup or in-game. Nvidia recently released Game Ready Driver. Here are the link to both Nvidia and AMD drivers you need.

Nvidia Game Ready Driver

AMD Radeon Software Driver

Select your OS and other specs and download and install the software. If the problem persists, update everything from OS to audio drivers and check again.

Fix 3: Run the Game As Admin

You must also provide the game with admin permissions. Sometimes, games without permission do not function desirably. Windows by default does not provide the admin permission to any software, so you have to do it manually and you should be doing it for any new games you install. To perform the steps – right-click on the desktop shortcut of the game and select Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program as an administrator. That’s it, launch the game and check if the Destroy All Humans crash still occurs.   

Fix 4: Clear Windows Temporary Files

Sometimes temporary files can become corrupted. These files are used by the game for better performance, but corruption can cause the game to crash. Delete these files and allow the game to download new files. This can potentially resolve the error. Here are the steps to delete temp files form your OS.

  1. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing on Windows Key + R
  2. Type %temp% in the field and hit Enter
  3. Press Ctrl + A and hit Delete (if you cannot delete some files, let them be and close the Window)

Fix 5: Set Exclusion on Windows Defender or Other Antivirus

More often than not, the Windows Defender or the antivirus on your system blocks some functions of the game which leads to a crash. You need to allow the game to bypass the security software. You can do it by setting an exclusion for the game on the software. Here are the steps.

Windows Virus & Threat Protection

  1. Press Windows Key + I and select Update & Security
  2. Click on Windows Security, select Virus & Threat Protection
  3. Under Virus & threat protection settings, click on Manage settings
  4. Locate Exclusions by scrolling down, click on Add or remove exclusions
  5. Click on Add an exclusion and select Folder
  6. Browse the Destroy All Humans folder and set the exclusion.

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.

We hope the post has helped to resolve your Death Standing crashing or failed to launch problem. Check out our other posts and guides on the game.

Fix 6: Disable Steam Overlay

If the game crashes right after the intro video, the cause of the problem can be the Steam Overlay. This feature has been known to act up with some games. You can resolve the error by disabling the Steam Overlay. Launch Steam client. Click on Library and right-click on Destroy All Humans. Select Properties and uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

Close Steam and check if the in-game crash or Destroy All Humans crash at startup still occurs.

Fix 7: Disable or Remove GeForce Experience / MSI Afterburner

Sometimes 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.

That’s all we have in this guide, your Destory All Humans crashing problem should have resolved by now. If the problem persists, let us know your issue in the comment and we will try and help you the best we can.

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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