5 Reasons Why Your Game Just Crashed [Windows]

You could have the most awesome computer and the latest graphics card, and it still will happen to you one day for no reason whatsoever: A game will give you an error or it will just throw you into a blue screen of death (BSOD). There’s no exception to this, especially if you’re a heavy gamer. Then, you try to replay the same part of the game that previously crashed and (surprise!) it just crashes again. What should you do in these situations? Today, we’re going to narrow the problem down to the most probable cause and then go on to rarer cases that happen in freak accidents, just in case yours is one. Let’s get started!

1. Your Game’s Not Up To Date

Many games, especially those ported to the PC (such as Grand Theft Auto), have a tendency to bug out very frequently from the initial launch of the game. This is due to the rush that happens when people try to make a PC release soon after the console version has launched. PC releases take a lot of work to port, and you seldom get a bug-free game. Even if the game was made originally for the PC, you’ll still have a few bugs that could lead to a total catastrophe. It’s usually something very small, like one of the developers forgetting a semicolon somewhere. But, sometimes, it’s a very big problem that needs to be fixed almost immediately.

Solution: If your game’s crashing, check the producer’s website for new releases. The game’s brochure should mention a URL somewhere. Just go to it and find out if there are any new patches. That’s the best you can hope for in this situation.

2. Your Graphics Drivers Are Not Up To Date

You might think that the problem has nothing to do with your drivers, but I’ve fixed many problems in games by simply updating my nVidia 550 Ti’s drivers. You’re going to have to do some searching to get this done, but you’ll be glad you did when it’s over (hopefully). Games that have very buggy graphics or just stop working with a “driver not responding error” can usually be fixed by a simple update. Graphics card manufacturers make several mistakes in their code and don’t really have the luxury of foresight in new game technologies. That’s why they often patch up their drivers and release new versions very rapidly.

Solution: You have to know your graphics card model to complete this. Go ahead and visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and look for your card’s model on their site. Updating the driver can fix a lot.

3. Your Memory Is Blown


If other things also cause your computer to crash, your memory might also have problems. You should definitely run a memory test on your computer. Memtest┬áis a great tool for this. Although the site sells a hard copy of the software, you can also download it to your computer for free. You’ll have to burn a CD from the image file you download and reboot your computer with the CD inside. The test will initiate and you’ll find out if your memory has any errors. If you find any, you’ll need to get new RAM for the computer.

Solution: Run a memtest and check if your memory is working fine.

4. You’re Not Using The Latest DirectX

DirectX is the one thing helping your computer communicate with your graphics card and render all the cool stuff you see in your game. If you’re not using the latest patch, your game isn’t going to work properly.

Solution: Click here to download the latest version.

5. Windows Isn’t Updated

It might sound kind of dumb, but Windows updates are sometimes necessary to properly make some calls to your hardware. Updates that affect your hardware are usually the most crucial in this case. Go ahead and start up Windows Update. Get all the latest software to see if that somehow fixes the game. I’ve fixed a few problems in games by updating to a new service pack. Some KB updates can also help.

Solution: run Windows update

When Nothing Works…

Don’t feel discouraged. Leave a comment below if you still can’t solve your problem. You’d be surprised how far that actually gets you!

Miguel Leiva-Gomez Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.


  1. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been having problems with my Minecraft game — just Minecraft. I can play any game with stressful graphics with the best textures, shadows, etc. But Minecraft crashes just a few seconds into the game. It used to work, but something along the road caused this issue. When the error occurs, the game freezes, my whole screen turns white, and I get a message that says “Java SE Binary stopped working”. Additionally, I get a popup on the bottom right of my screen that informs me my Graphics Processor stopped working and has recovered successfully. Any ideas what the problem could be? I’m convinced it has something to do with Java. I currently run Java 6 and 7 on my computer.

    1. Sounds like your GPU may have outdated drives and is causing you java to crash. Stops i would take.

      Uninstall java then download the new one for both 32/64bit (if you have 64 bit pc)

      uninstall your GPU drivers then download new up to date ones and re install. make sure to restart in between removing and reinstalling GPU drivers.

      Make sure your GPU is not over heating now it’s summer (in AUS)

      if you have done any mods to your minecraft.jar remove the META-INF folder. you can use winrar to open the jar.

    2. I was having issues with Java on my Asus laptop and it was related to the atioglxx.dll file being out of date. This was with an AMD videocard. I ran the updates from AMD and it didn’t fix the problem. I had to go to the Asus website and locate the download that wasn’t related to Catalyst Control Centre and install that. That fixed my problem. That was after both AMD and Windows 7 telling me that my drivers were up to date. This took me 4.5 hours to work out what exactly the issue was and solve it. Hope this helps.

  2. Thought I should just leave this one in here, even though it’s rare. One possible solution (if absolutely all else fails), is to try to do a BIOS/UEFI firmware update. For example, the Zambezi (bulldozer) CPUs have a flaw which causes a BSOD “An expected clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor… blah blah…”. Affected motherboards are listed, and an available patch is available for download.

    But be warned: Updating firmware when it’s not needed could end up causing more harm than good, especially when the possibility exists to brick your machine. Losing power to your machine while Windows is being updated could render your machine temporarily un-bootable. Losing power to your machine during a BIOS update will render your machine permanently unbootable. (at least until you can get a replacement motherboard)

  3. I have Tera and the game gives me an FFFF:FFFF error. This happens after log In when I press the play button. The game 9 or Microsoft) provides a series of suggestions, which I tried, they did not help. My computer is only a month old and exceeds their requirements.

  4. There’s a terrific program which is free at download.com. It’s called slim driver.
    It checks all of your drivers and lists links to any and all updates needed. There is also a pay version which saves time installing the firmware or driver updates as well. I was completely surprised at all the updates my laptop actually needed.

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