Fallout 4 Crash on Startup – Windows 10 [Fixed]

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If you have encountered “Fallout 4 Crashing on Startup” then please make sure that your system satisfies the minimum System requirement set by the Game Developers. Here we have written a detailed article on How to solve this error.

Fallout 4 is the biggest game of the Fallout series, It was released back in 2015 and from then it has seen a hugely growing userbase since then. The game is played by a lot of teenagers and adults who also participate in regular Competitions.

The game is available on Console devices such as PS4 and Xbox One. People can also enjoy Fallout 4 on their Windows system. However, a lot of the times people complain about the game crashing on Startup. This issue first came to light when a user reported it on the Official game forum and since then many users reported similar issues while playing the game.

In this article, we will tell you the causes for Fallout 4 to Crash on Startup and how you can solve this problem on your device.

Causes for Fallout 4 to Crash on Startup

Users of this game reported that their game crashes automatically after the Start it or after a few minutes or Starting the game. Users also experienced more loading time or Game freezes while playing it. This issue can have more than one reason(s) but the common ones are Hardware Problem, Outdated Graphic Cards, or incorrect Video Resolution Setting.

How to Solve Fallout 4 Crashing on Startup issue

There is no single reason for this problem to occur, thus you have to apply every solution and find out which one works for you to fix Fallout 4 from crashing on Startup.

If you have made some recent changes to your Hardware like Changed your RAM or Graphics cards or installed a new OS then you might want to find the solution according to your changes to fix this issue.

Solution #1: Check Minimum System Requirements

Most of the people download Fallout 4 without checking for its System Requirements. System Requirements is important to make sure that the game runs on your Computer smoothly and without giving any errors. Below We are giving the minimum system requirement list for running Fallout 4 on your computer without interruption.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 (Recommended) Windows 7/8 – 64-bit OS.
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz.
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM.
  • Hard Disk: SSD Recommended.
  • Hard Disk Space: Minimum 30 GB of Free Space Required.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

If your system does not fulfill the given requirements then that might be the reason for fallout 4 to crash on Startup. Upgrade your System to fulfill the minimum system requirement criteria and Try opening the game again.

Solution #2: Update your Graphics Card Drivers

We always recommend our users to update their Graphic drivers to the latest version that is available. This will not only ensure that your System is up to date but will also remove any error or bug that appeared in the previous version of the release. We are giving you the download link to NVIDIA and AMD from where you can manually download and update your Graphics Drivers.

Note: Remove the previously installed Graphics Drivers completely before Installing new ones from the website.

For NVIDIA click here – http://www.geforce.com/drivers

For AMD click here – https://www.amd.com/en/support

Solution #3: Remove Mods

If you have installed Custom mods to play Fallout 4 then it might be the reason because of which your game is crashing. Custom mods can cause in-game performance and startup crashing issue.

We recommend that you should disable or temporarily remove them and try starting your game. If your game works perfectly after removing the mods, then it is mods that are causing the issue and you should delete them permanently. To remove the mods, take your system offline and remove the mod from your load order.

Solution #4: Disable your Antivirus Program

Antivirus programs are known to block game files from working. This is due to the automated system in Antivirus programs that thinks that it is a virus and thus limits its access. If you have such an antivirus program then try disabling it and try to open Fallout 4 to check if the error is resolved.

If the problem is with your Antivirus program then try adding it to the “Exceptions” list in your antivirus program. You can read antivirus program docs to know more about how to add exceptions.

Solution #5: Change your game resolution

If you have a High game resolution set for your Fallout 4 whereas, your system does not support High Resolution then your game will crash. You have to Match your game resolution to the display resolution of your Computer. By following the steps given below you can check the game resolution and also change the settings according to your preference.

To check the Screen resolution of your Windows 10 device:

  1. Click on the Start menu and type “Control Panel“, hit the first icon that appears.
  2. On the Control Panel window, Look for Appearance and Personalization and select it.
  3. Under “Appearance and Personalization“, Click Adjust Screen Resolution.
  4. Here look for your Computers screen resolution.

To check the Resolution in Fallout 4

  1. Launch Fallout 4 and go to the “Adapter and Resolution” Setting.
  2. Under Graphics adapter & Setting, select the drop-down menu in front of the “Resolutions” option.
  3. From the Drop-down menu, select the resolution that matches your computer and save it.

If you want then you can also disable the Launch video intro that you see while launching Fallout 4.


Fallout 4 is an amazing and fun game to play but the game crashes a lot while playing. There are many reasons for fallout 4 to crash and we tried to cover as many as possible along with their solutions. If you are still not satisfied or your game is still crashing then comment below to get help.


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