Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Fix Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Crash at Startup or Mid-Game Crash, Game Freeze

Fix Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Crash at Startup and Mid-Game Crash

One of the most popular skateboarding video game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 has just released. But, early players who are jumping to play are reporting persistent crash and freeze in the game. As per Activation, you should restart the console or  the PC and the crash and freeze should resolve, but that’s far from a permanent solution. If you encounter regular crash and continuing with the game becomes difficult, stick around as we can help you fix the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 crash at startup or mid-game crash, and freeze.      

What Causes the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Crash at Startup or Mid-Game Crash

  • If your system does not meet the minimum system requirements to play the game, especially the GPU and the Processor, crash can happen. Here are the system requirements to play the game.
OS: Windows 10OS: Windows 10
Processor: AMD FX 6300 / Intel Core i3-4340Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X / Intel Core i5-2500K
Graphics Card: AMD HD 7950 / NVIDIA GTX 660Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 390 / NVIDIA GTX 970
DirectX: Requires DirectX 11DirectX: Requires DirectX 11
  • Outdated game – it may not apply since the game is just releasing, but if you face the NBA 2K21 Crashing at Startup or Failed to Launch at a later date, ensure that the latest patch for the game is installed.
  • Often when the Windows is outdated it can lead to programs crashing. Hence, ensure that you have the latest Windows update. With every new update, some of the old bugs are fixed.
  • A problem such as corrupt or missing Microsoft Redistributable Libraries can also be the reason behind the crash. Therefore, you must reinstall the libraries.
  • If you are running the game via Epic launcher, the launch has a feature to repair game files. Missing or corrupted game files is one of the most obvious reason behind crash at startup or the game failing to launch. The corruption of files can occur while you are installing, updating, or over the course of time.
  • Exiting the game from fullscreen mode and running it on windowed also eliminates the crash in some cases as the game consumes less resources. So, that’s something you can try.
  • Another major area of concern is the graphics card. A outdated or corrupted driver software of the GPU will most definitely lead to a crash.
  • The Discord overlay are known to act up on games leading to crash, especially after the intro video. So, disable the overlays of both the software to resolve the issue. In fact, if you are struggling with crashes, the best thing to do is perform a clean boot and try to run the software. Quite a number of third-party software are responsible for crashing the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.
  • Another cause of the crash can be the antivirus software. Disable it momentarily and launch the game. If the game works, you need to set an exception on the respective software.  

Let’s start with the solutions to fix the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Crash at Startup or Mid-Game Crash.

Fix Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Crash at Startup or Mid-Game Crash, Game Freeze

Fix 1: Disable the Antivirus Completely

As the antivirus is the primary culprit, disable the antivirus or the Windows Defender and try to play the game. If the game works, you need to set an exception for the game on the respective antivirus software as you can keep the security software disabled for long. 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 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2  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.

Fix 2: Run the Game With Admin Privileges

Admin permission is necessary to run games desirably. Without the permission, certain functions of the game can be blocked which can lead to crash. Here are the steps to provide admin permission.

  1. Right-click on the desktop shortcut of the application or the game executable and select Properties
  2. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program as an administrator
  3. Click Apply and Ok to save changes.

Fix 3: Verify Game Files

If the game itself is corrupted that could also lead to crash at startup or mid-game crash with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Here are the steps to repair corrupt files via Epic Games Launcher.

  1. Terminate all running tasks from the Task Manager or restart the system
  2. Open Epic Games Launcher and go to Library
  3. Click on the gear icon next to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Launch
  4. Choose Verify.

Fix 4: Update the Graphics Drivers

Although an outdated graphics card driver causes the most crashes, you should 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 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2  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 5: Terminate Unnecessary Applications and Perform Clean Boot

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 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2  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. 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, check if the error still occurs.

Fix 6: 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.

Fix 7: Disable Shader Cache

For Nvidia users, you can disable the Shader Cache which is known to crash games. Here are the steps to disable Shader Cache from the Nvidia Control panel.

  1. Right-click on Desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Expand 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Program Settings
  3. Click Add and select Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
  4. Under Specify the settings for this program, locate Shader Cache and select Off.

Check if the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Game Crashes at Startup, Crashes Mid-game, and other performance errors still occur. If they do, try the next fix.

Fix 8: Remove Bad Sectors from the HHD

If you have bad sectors on your HDD, it could also be causing the crash. Although you could correct the corruption in the file system via CHKDSK on Command Prompt, here is a simple alternative.

  1. Right-click on C drive or the partition where you have installed the game and the launcher.
  2. Select Properties and go to Tools
  3. Click on Check and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. Try playing the game.
  4. After the process completes, the window will auto-exit.

Now, try playing the game and check if Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 crashing error still occurs.

Fix 9: Modify Discord Settings

The in-game overlay and the hardware acceleration of Discord is also known to cause crash in games. So, if you have the software installed and running disable the overlay and hardware acceleration. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Launch the Discord app and click on User Settings
  2. Click on Voice & Video in the left menu
  3. Locate Advanced by scrolling down and click
  4. Next, disable OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco System, Inc. and Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority
  5. Go to Overlay and disable it
  6. Go to Advanced anddisable Hardware Acceleration.

Fix 10: Installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2015

Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Press Windows + R and type appwiz.cpl, hit Enter
  2. Locate Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable. Right-click on it and select Uninstall
  3. Reboot the system and try to play the game. If it still crashes proceed to install Visual C++
  4. Download and install both the x86 and x64 versions
  5. Restart the system.

Hopefully, the above solutions have resolved the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 crashing at startup and won’t launch problem with the game. Let us know in the comments if you have better solutions.

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. All you’ve done is listed generic fixes that none of them work for this game. There is some specific bug with some systems that is causing it to crash and will only be fixed via an update from the developers.

    Also – the step about disabling all microsoft services? This cripples your machine and NO game will load – you should delete that suggestion and NOBODY should follow it.

    1. Sorry, the fix did not work for you, but nowhere we have suggested disabling Microsoft Services. We have specifically suggested hiding all Microsoft services before clicking Disable all.

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