Star Wars: Squadrons

Fix Star Wars Squadrons Crashing at Startup or Failed to Start

Fix Star Wars Squadrons Crashing at Startup or Launch

Star Wars Squadrons, one of the most anticipated games thig month is out for players to enjoy, but early players are reporting launch errors with the game like the Star Wars Squadrons crashing at startup or failed to start. In this guide, we set out to resolve launch problems with the game by addressing the common error causing configurations on your system. Keep scrolling to know more.   

Fix Star Wars Squadrons Crashing at Startup or Failed to Start

Before you attempt to try any of the below solutions, ensure that the game and the launcher both have admin privileges, you have whitelisted the game on the antivirus software or the Windows Defender, and your system meets the minimum specifications to play the game. Once you have done the above, try the fixes listed below.

Fix 1: Disable Steam Overlay

The first fix you must try is to disable the Steam Overlay, it’s even more important if the Star Wars Squadrons crashes right after the cutscene. It has been noted that the Steam Overlay does not pair well with the game. You can disable the Steam overlay with global settings for all games or just for Star Wars Squadrons. Here are the steps to disable Overlay for the game.

  1. Launch Steam client
  2. Click on Library and right-click on Star Wars Squadrons
  3. Select Properties and uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

Close Steam and check if the Star Wars Squadrons in-game crash or crash at startup still occurs.

Fix 2: Disable MSI Afterburner and Overclock Software

MSI Afterburner causes issues with a lot of games. Therefore, you must close the MSI Afterburner from the Task Manager before you launch the game. If you do not have the software, check for other game optimization software or applications that overclock the GPU or CPU. Terminate all such applications.  

Fix 3: Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay

Overlays of all software have the potential of crashing games. If you have GeForce Experience installed on your system, you probably have the Overlay enabled. Disable it to solve the Star Wars Squadrons crash at startup or not launching problem. Here are the steps.

  1. Launch GeForce Experience and go to Settings
  2. From the General tab, disable the In-Game Overlay
  3. Restart the system and play the game.

Fix 4: Disable Steam Input Per-Game setting

Steam Input Per-Game setting is another area of concern when it comes to games crashing. Hence, you must disable the software as well. Here are the steps you can follow. Open the Steam Client > Library > right-click on the game > Properties > Select Forced Off for Set Steam Input Per-Game setting.

Fix 5: Update the Graphics Driver or Roll Back

It’s a gamer’s modus operandi to keep the graphics card and all the other software on the system updated. The graphics card in particular is important because it directly impacts your game performance. Nvidia and AMD both release updates for their driver fairly regularly. Go to the official website of your graphics card manufacturer and check if a new driver is available or use GeForce Experience to check for the driver. Download and install the new drivers. Try the GeForce Game Ready Driver v456.55, which is launched to provide day-one support for Star Wars Squadron. Launch the game and check if the Star Wars Squadron crash at startup is fixed.   

Fix 6: Update Windows

If you have not updated the operating system in a while, it time you do so. Most games are launched to run on the latest OS, if the OS is outdated it can cause crash and other problems. Check for updates and if available download them.    

Fix 7: Verify Integrity of Game Files

If the game itself is corrupted that could also lead to crash at startup or mid-game crash with Star Wars Squadron. Here are the steps to check and repair corrupt files on Steam.

  1. Launch the Steam client
  2. From the LIBRARY, right-click on Star Wars: Squadrons and select Properties

Depending on the launcher you are using, perform the similar function on your respective launcher.

Fix 8: Set Launch Options on Steam

The Steam Game Launch options allow you to change the settings of a game before starting the game. The command will supersede all the default settings of the game. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Launch Steam client
  2. Go to Library, right-click Star Wars Squadron and select Properties
  4. Type -USEALLAVAILABLECORES –high and click Ok.

Fix 9: Toggle On/Off the Game Mode on Window 10

Often times, the game mode that helps you capture and record game images and videos causes problems like FPS drop, and stuttering with Star Wars Squadron. Turn it off, it does not have much use unless you are recording a video. To turn it off, press Windows Key + I > Gaming > toggle Off the switch below record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.

If you already have the Game Mode disabled, try enabling it and it may resolve the problem as well.

Fix 10: Play the Game in Windowed Mode

If the game is crashing during cutscene, change the game to Windowed Mode. Some users have reported that changing the game to windowed mode reduces the amount of crashes with the game, but this is a temporary solution and you will likely crash again. After the cutscene, you can again enable fullscreen.

Fix 11: Play on Origin instead of EA Desktop

Overtime the EA Desktop is supposed to replace Origin; however, the software is not up to mark yet and causes a lot of problems. Therefore, for now, play the game on the Origin launcher instead of EA launcher.

Fix 12: Disable Origin In Game For Star Wars : Squadron

If you are using the Origin launcher, you must disable the overlay from the software as well. It acts the same way as the Steam overlay and can cause crashes. Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. From the Origin client, go to My Game Library
  2. Select the game and right-click, select Game Properties
  3. From General tab, uncheck Enable Origin In Game For Star Wars : Squadron
  4. Save the changes and restart the client.
  5. Launch the game and check if Star Wars : Squadron crash at startup is fixed.
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. you’ve accidentally listed “Doom Eternal” instead of star wars squadrons.

    1. Thanks for pointing it out. It’s fixed now.

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