SOLVED Aliens Fireteam Elite crash
A screenshot of Aliens: Fireteam Elite from Steam

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is now out for PC! As the latest entry in the Aliens series released for Windows PC and consoles, the game has received lots of praise from critics and gamers alike. However, as is common with almost every game release on PC these days, Aliens Fireteam Elite has some known errors and issues. If Aliens: Fireteam Elite keeps crashing on your PC, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. After reading this article, you should be able to fix this issue on your own quickly & easily!

Try these fixes

Although the causes of Aliens: Fireteam Elite crashing issue vary, here we’ve put together the latest fixes that solved this issue for many PC gamers. Whether it crashes on startup or crashes in the middle of the game, you can find a fix to try in this article. You don’t need to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Install the latest DirectX files and Visual C++ files
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Verify and repair the game files
  4. Install the latest game patch
  5. Disable steam overlay
  6. Disable real-time protection from your antivirus software
  7. Run the System File Checker
  8. Stop overclocking
  9. Perform a clean boot

1. Install the latest DirectX files and Visual C++ files

According to some PC gamers, this issue can be resolved by installing the latest DirectX files and Visual C++ files. You can follow the instructions below to download ans install the latest DirectX files and Visual C++ files:

  1. Go to the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer page and click the download button to download the latest DirectX files to your PC.
    download latest DirectX files
  2. Once downloaded, double-click the dxwebsetup.exe file to install the latest version of DirectX files.
  3. Go to the latest supported Visual C++ downloads page to download the latest Visual C++ files.
    download the latest Visual C++ files
    Note: select “x64” if you’re running on a 64-bit Windows OS.
  4. Once downloaded, double-click the .exe file to install the latest version of Visual C++ files.

See if Aliens: Fireteam Elite crashes after you install the latest DirectX files and Visual C++ files. If this issue persists, try the next fix, below.

2. Update your graphics driver

Graphics driver is essential to the functioning of video games. If Aliens: Fireteam Elite keeps crashing on your PC, it indicates that you’re using the corrupted or outdated graphics driver. So you should update your drivers to see if it fixes the game crashing issues.

You can update your graphics driver manually by visiting the manufacturer’s website (NVIDIA / AMD / Intel), and find the latest graphics drivers for your computer.

If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
    Driver Easy scan now
  3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
    Update graphics drivers with Driver Easy
    Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
  4. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com

3. Verify and repair the game files

Corrupted game files would lead to the game crashing issues. If it’s the case, follow the steps below to verify the game files in Steam:

  1. Launch Steam and go to your Library.
  2. Right-click on Aliens: Fireteam Elite and select Properties.
    Steam game properties
  3. Click LOCAL FILES on the left, then click Verify integrity of game files…. It may take some time to finish verifying the game files. If Steam finds anything wrong with the game files, it will re-download them from official server.
    verify the integrity of game files

Depending on the size of the game files, it may take some time to verify all your game files.

When the verifying process completed, launch Aliens: Fireteam Elite and check if this fix works. If the game still crashes, try the next fix, below.

4. Install the latest game patch

The developer of Aliens: Fireteam Elite releases regular game patches to fix bugs and improve gaming performance. It’s possible that a recent patch has caused the game crash issue, and that a new patch is required to fix it.

If a patch is available, it will be detected by the Steam client, and the latest game patch will be automatically downloaded and installed when you launch the game.

Launch Aliens: Fireteam Elite again to check if the game crash issue has been resolved. If it didn’t work, or there was no new game patch available, move on to next fix, below.

5. Disable steam overlay

Overlays are handy, but sometimes they may interfere with the game. Some PC gamers report that it seems that the Steam Overlay doesn’t pair well with the game.

You can try disabling Steam Overlay for Aliens: Fireteam Elite and see if the game crashes again:

  1. Launch Steam and navigate to the LIBRARY tabright-click on Aliens: Fireteam Elite. Then select Properties.
    Steam game properties
  2. Uncheck Enable Steam Overlay while in-game.
    disable steam overlay

If you’re using other apps with overlay features like Nvidia GeForce Experience, Discord, Twitch, etc., ensure that you’ve disabled the in-game overlay in those apps feature before you restart the game.

Launch Aliens: Fireteam Elite and see if the game crashes. If the issue persists, try the next fix, below.

6. Disable real-time protection from your antivirus software

The real-time protection feature in some 3rd party antivirus software would block the game files, and this may lead to the game crashing issues.

You can try adding both the game folder and Steam as an exception to your third-party antivirus application, and turn off the real-time protection feature. If necessary, try temporarily disabling your 3rd party antivirus software before playing the game.

Run Aliens: Fireteam Elite and check if this issue persists after you disabled the anti-virus software on your PC.

If this fix didn’t work, try the next fix to perform a clean boot.

7. Run the System File Checker

You also need to check the system file if the game still crashes, because the corrupted system files would also crash the game.

You can run the System File Checker to check and repair the system files. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog. Type cmd and press CtrlShift, and Enter at the same time to open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type in the command below and press Enter to execute the command. The process will take some time.
    sfc /scannow
    run system file checker
  3. Close the Command Prompt window after the process complete.

Launch the game and see if it crashes. If this fix doesn’t work, try the next one, below.

8. Stop overclocking

Some players may try overclocking the CPU or turbo boost the graphics card to gain a better FPS. However, overclocking often crashes the game.

To reduce the frequency of game crashing issues, you should reset the CPU or the graphics card to the manufacturer specifications.

9. Perform a clean boot

If there is a certain application conflicting with Aliens: Fireteam Elite, the game would also crash. You can perform a clean boot to find out the problematic application that crashes the game. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run Dialog. Type msconfig and press Enter to open the System Configuration window.
    msconfig-win-10
  2. Navigate to the Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and then click Disable all.
    system configuration
  3. Select the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
    system configuration
  4. On the Startup tab in Task Manager, for each startup item, select the item and then click Disable.
    system configuration
  5. Go back to the System Configuration window and click OK.
    system configuration
  6. Click Restart to restart your PC.
    system configuration

Restart your PC and launch Aliens: Fireteam Elite to check whether the game crashes again. If not, you need to open the System Configuration window again to enable services and applications one by one until you find the problematic software.

After enabling each services, you need to restart your PC to apply the changes.

Once you find out the problematic software that crashes Aliens: Fireteam Elite, you need to uninstall it to avoid game crashing issues in the future.

If the game still crashes after you disabled all the 3rd party apps and services, try reinstalling Aliens: Fireteam Elite. Normally, after reinstalling the game, you’ll be able to fix the crashing issue.

Tips:

If these common fixes on this article didn’t help you fix the Aliens: Fireteam Elite crashing issue, you can also try investigating Windows crash logs to analyze and troubleshoot the causes of the crash. For more details, see the article: How to view crash logs in Windows 10.


Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped you resolve the Aliens: Fireteam Elite crashing issue. If you have any questions or suggestions on this issue, feel free to drop a line in the comment area below. Thanks for reading!

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