Fix Teardown Crash on Save, Game Not Launching

Fix Teardown Crash on Save, Game Not Launching

Teardown is the latest title to top the Steam chart with Overwhelmingly Positive review. But, as the game is still in early access we can expect some glitches such as Teardown crashing on save. Whenever the player ties to quick save the game it crashes. The main cause of this error is the Windows Controlled Folder Access. Besides that, there are a few other reasons that can cause the game to crash while saving. Stick around and we will help you resolve the save not working Teardown, and Teardown not launching.

Fix Teardown Crash on Save

Teardown crashing on quick save can be caused by a range of issue, but it can predominantly attributed to the permissions provided to the game on the antivirus or Windows Defender software, admin permission, and controlled folder access.

Without the admin permission, the Teardown executable may not have write permission at the install directory, which can cause the game’s save not to work. To provide admin access, go to the install directory and right-click on the game executable > Properties > Compatibility tab > check Run this program as an administrator.

You also need to whitelist Teardown on your respective software.

Windows Virus & Threat Protection

Windows Key + I > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & Threat Protection > Virus & threat protection settings > Manage settings > Exclusions > Add or remove exclusions > Add an 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.

The Controlled Folder protects the files and folders on your computer from malicious software and possible Ransomware attacks. It can prevent some programs from altering or editing files and folders, which can cause the Teardown crash on save. Here is how you can resolve the error.

  1. Press Windows Key + I
  2. Click on Update & Security
  3. Click on Windows Security
  4. Click on Virus & threat protection
  5. Under Virus & threat protection, click on Manage settings
  6. Scroll-down and click on Manage Controlled folder access
  7. Click Allow an app through Controlled folder access
  8. Select Yes when prompted
  9. Browse the game and select the game executable.

If you want to avoid the entire process and check if the fix works, simply toggle Off the Controlled folder access.

If you have OneDrive backup enabled for your Documents folder that could be the reason you are encountering the save game error with Teardown. Once you disabled the backup, the error should be gone. So, that’s a possible fix you can try if you are one of the users who uses the OneDrive backup. But, before you disable don’t forget to copy the files elsewhere or they might be lost.

Deepguard is another software that seems to be causing this issue with the game. So, ensure that you have disabled the software.

Fix Teardown Game Not Launching or Crashing on Launch

If your game crashes on launch with a specific error message, you can share that in comments. For players who’s game crashes without any prompt, there are a number of things you can try. The most obvious reason for a game failing to launch is if the system does not meet the minimum recommendations to play the game.

Other cause is a third-party software interfering with operation of the game. Therefore, disable everything and try to launch the game. Here is the process 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.

Try launching the game and check if it still crashes.

If the problem is still occurring, ensure that your OS and the graphics card drivers are updated.

Software overlays are also known to cause problems with games particularly the Steam Overlay and Discord Overlay. You should also try and disable the GeForce Experience Overlay, if you have that on your system. Here are the steps to disable Steam Overlay.

  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
  4. Click OK to save the changes.
  5. Now, try launching the game.

Although the Visual Studio runtime should be installed with the game, there can sometimes be problems that can cause crash with Teardown. Follow the below steps in order to reinstall them afresh.

  1. Press Windows + R and type appwiz.cpl, hit Enter
  2. Locate Microsoft Visual C++ 2008, 2010, and 2015 Redistributable. Right-click on each program and select Uninstall
  3. Reboot the system and proceed to install all three Visual studio runtime
  4. Download and install the x64 versions of 2008, 2010, and 2015 by following the links (also ensure your OS is 64-bit).
  5. Restart the system.

We hope that the above solutions have resolved the Teardown crash at startup, not launching, and Teardown crashing when quick saving.

Tim Blisz
I am an avid gamer who loves to write about games. When not writing, I like to cook and play first-person shooter video games.

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    1. Very helpful thank you

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