Fix RAGE 2 Crash at Startup, Not Launching, Won’t Launch, and Keeps Crashing

RAGE 2, the second title in the RAGE series is an action open-world FPS that initially came out two years back and was moderately successful. This is a must-play game and unexpected release on the Epic Game Store. Rarely, Epic Games Store offers such big titles as free. However, user are complaining of having difficulty launching the game. They are facing problems such as RAGE 2 crash at startup, not launching, won’t launch, and the game keeps crashing. These problems existed when the game initially released and here are the solutions you can try to fix it.

Fix RAGE 2 Crash at Startup, Not Launching, Won’t Launch, and Keeps Crashing

Here are all the solutions you can try to fix the RAGE 2 crashing problem. As there can be several causes of the problem, you must try a bunch of solutions. Go over them one by one and with some luck your issue should be resolved.

Change the Current Driver

The crash at startup with Rage 2 can be caused due to an instable or outdated graphics driver software. If you have not updated the GPU driver software for a while, update it now. If you updated it recently, it’s worth a shot to roll back the update. New drivers can sometimes be unstable and cause games and applications to crash.

Play the game in Windowed Mode

Turning off Fullscreen mode of the game can also help improve the performance and therefore, fix the Rage 2 crashing problem. But, as you are unable to access the game, you may not be able to do it from the menu. Hence, alter the settings.ini file of the game. The location of the file should be %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\Rage 2\settings.ini

If you can’t find the file, you can also set launch option for the game to start in Windowed mode using the Epic Games Store client. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Open the Epic Game Store
  2. Go to Settings > Manage Games > RAGE 2
  3. Check the box for Additional Command Line Arguments
  4. Type -windowed in the field
  5. Launch the game.

Usually this will fix RAGE 2 crashing at startup problems with games. However, if the problem still occurs, you can try the other solutions.

Change the Graphics Settings for the game on Windows

We will try to optimize the performance of the game on Windows. For this fix, try the below steps.

  1. Press Windows + I and select System
  2. From the Display tab, scroll down and click on Graphics settings (it’s the bottom most option)
  3. Under Choose an app to set preference select Universal app
  4. Select RAGE 2 in the second option and click ADD

Try to play the game offline

If you are trying to play online and the servers are experiencing problems, that could also be a reason for the RAGE 2 crash at startup, not launching, won’t launch, and keeps crashing issue. Try to play the game offline and check if that helps the situation. If you are able to play, choose to play online when the servers are back up.

Play the game in a clean boot environment

Often games crash due to third-party software either interfering with the game’s process or consuming too many resources on the system. We will start the system in a clean boot environment with only the essential components to run the OS. Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. Go to the Services tab
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  4. Now, click Disable all
  5. Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  6. Disable one task at a time and restart the system.

Once the PC boots up again, launch the game and check if the crashing problem still occurs. If it does, proceed to the next solution.

Update or reinstall DirectX files

Another reason RAGE 2 crashes on startup or is not launching is the corruption of the DirectX installation. If there is a problem with DirectX, the game won’t launch and as soon as you try to launch it, the game will crash. To fix the issue, you need to update the DirectX to the most recent version. Follow the link to download the latest DirectX.

Disable overclocking or turbo boosting

If you are using third-party software like MSI Afterburner to overclock the CPU or GPU, it will be disabled when we launched the game after a clean boot, but certain overclocking or turbo boosting features need to be disabled from the BIOS. Ensure that the game runs without overclocking as it can cause the RAGE 2 crashing at startup.

Go to the computers BIOS settings and disable the ‘Intel Turbo Booster’ if you have it enabled. To prevent the game from crashing, you should reset the CPU and GPU to chipset manufacturer specifications.

Verify and repair game files

When the game files are corrupt, the game will crash, either at startup or mid-game. Epic Games Store has a feature that can repair corrupt game files. It’s quicker than reinstalling the entire game. Here are the steps you can follow.

Launch the Epic Games store > go to Library > RAGE 2 > click on 3 dots near the title and select Verify.

Wait for the process to complete and check if RAGE 2 crashes at startup, won’t launch, not starting issues still occurs.

Delete the Save Game Files

If the RAGE 2 crash started happening after initial play, the cause could be the corruption of save files. The only fix for the problem is to delete the save and start all over again. If the problem happens again, delete the save against and hope it does not occur again. A reinstall of the game may be in order. We know this is not an ideal fix but hoping for a patch from the devs now is unrealistic when they didn’t patch these problems after game release.

Disable Overlays or DirectX Hooking Software

Epic Games Store Overlay are known to crash games. Other overlays that can crash games are Discord Overlay, GeForce Experience Overlay, or others. Overlays cause problems when the game attempts to render UI and 3D environments, or load content. Hence, you must either disable the software or the overlay.  

Reinstall C++ Visual Redistributable

Follow the link to download the files

Download both the vcredist_x64.exe and vcredist_x86.exe versions for both. Once you have downloaded the 2013 and 2015 versions, install all four files.

We hope the above solutions have fixed the RAGE 2 crash at startup, not launching, won’t launch, and keeps crashing. If not, the final option is to reinstall the game and hope that helps the situation. If you have a better solution, let us know in the comments.


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