Fix Train Sim World 2 Crashing at Startup or Failed to Launch

After the massive success of Microsoft Flight Simulator, we have another great simulation game this month – Trains Sim World 2. The game allows you to get into the cab and drive high-speed inter-city German rail. However, as users install the game, the last thing they expect is the Train Sim World 2 crashing at startup or failing to load.

Games crash every now and then. For new installs to crash is nothing out of the ordinary. It could be due to a range of regions from outdated software, conflicting software, lack of permission, corrupt game files to the Windows Virus & threat protection blocking the game. In this guide, we have covered the most important reasons that could lead a game to crash. Try every solution and hopefully, before the end of the guide your crashing problem will be fixed.

Fix Train Sim World 2 Crashing at Startup or Failed to Launch

The first solution we will attempt is to cancel all unnecessary program running and perform a clean boot. But, before that ensure that your system meets the minimum specifications to play the game.

System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X @ 3.7 GHzProcessor: Intel Core i7-4790 @ 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.8 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAMMemory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270 with 2 GB VRAM or moreGraphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 4 GB VRAM or more
DirectX: Version 10DirectX: Version 10
Network: Broadband Internet connectionNetwork: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 20 GB available spaceStorage: 20 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX CompatibleSound Card: DirectX Compatible
Additional Notes: Requires mouse and keyboard or Xbox ControllerAdditional Notes: Requires mouse and keyboard or Xbox Controller

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 Train Sim World 2 crashing on PC 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. Click on Apply and OK.

Restart the system. 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 the game crashes. Nvidia recently released Game Ready Driver that extends support for several new games. 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 Train Sim World 2 As Admin

Besides the Steam client, 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.

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: Disable Steam Overlay

Lately Steam Overlay has come under a lot of criticism for crashing games. Hence, let’s disable the overlay in an attempt to fix the Train Sim World 2 crash at startup.

  1. Launch Steam client
  2. Click on Library and right-click on Horizon Zero Dawn
  3. Select Properties and uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

Close Steam and check if the in-game crash or Train Sim World 2 crash at startup still occurs. If you are using Discord, you need to disable the Discord overlay and the Windows Game Bar. While you are at it, also disable GeForce Experience as it’s also known to cause crash in games.

Fix 6: Repair Game Files

If a game is corrupted or some of its files are missing it will most definitely crash. It could be at the start of the game or in mid-game. The Steam Launcher provide you the option to scan and repair missing or corrupted game files. Here are the steps.

  1. Launch the Steam client
  2. From the LIBRARY, right-click on Train Sim World 2 and select Properties

Once the process completes, try playing the game and check if the Train Sim World 2 crashing on PC or failed to launch problem still exists.

Fix 7: Set Exclusion on Windows Firewall or Other Antivirus

More often than not, the Windows Firewall 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 Firewall

  1. Press Windows Key + I and select Update & Security
  2. Click on Windows Security and select Firewall & network protection
  3. Click on Allow an app through firewall
  4. Locate Train Sim World 2 and tick both Private and Public
  5. Save the changes.

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.

Once you have excluded the game files from the security software rules, repeat the Fix 6 and repair the game files before launching.

We hope the post has helped to resolve your Train Sim World 2 crashing or failed to launch problem. If the problem still persists, you would want to download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables from 2015 to 2019. Install both the x86 and x64 versions.  

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