Dread Hunger keeps crashing
A screenshot of Dread Hunger

Dread Hunger is an open-world game of survival and betrayal developed by the Dread Hunger Team. Many PC gamers would say it’s a game like Among Us, but there’s more to the social deduction when you compare it to other games like Among Us. Though Dread Hunger has received thousands of positive reviews on Steam, this newly-launched game is not immune to bugs and crashes. If Dread Hunger keeps crashing on your PC, don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place, and you should be able to fix this issue easily after reading this article.

System requirements of Dread Hunger for Windows PC

Make sure your PC meets the system requirements of Dread Hunger first. If you don’t know the system requirements of the game, just take a quick glance at the table below:

System requirementsMinimumRecommended
OS:Windows 7 64-bitWindows 10 64bit
Processor:Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHzIntel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Memory:8 GB RAM8 GB RAM
Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 760 GTX or AMD Radeon R9 280NVIDIA GeForce 1060-6GB or AMD RX 580
Network:Broadband Internet connectionBroadband Internet connection
Storage:15 GB available space15 GB available space
Dread Hunger system requirements

If Dread Hunger keeps crashing on your powerful PC, just read on and try the fixes below.

If your PC fails to meet the system requirements of the game, you may need to upgrade your PC first.

Try these fixes

Whether Dread Hunger 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 does the trick for you.

  1. Verify integrity of game files
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Install the latest game patch
  4. Disable overlays
  5. Temporarily disable anti-virus software
  6. Repair corrupted system files
  7. Perform a clean boot

Verify integrity of game files

Game file corruption is one of the common causes of the game crashing issue. If you’re not sure whether there’s an issue with the game file, just follow the steps below to verify and repair the game files on Steam:

  1. Launch Steam and go to your Library.
  2. Right-click on Dread Hunger and select Properties.
    Steam game properties
  3. Click LOCAL FILES on the left, then click Verify integrity of game files…. If Steam finds anything wrong with the game files, it will re-download them from its 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.

Launch Dread Hunger after the verifying process is complete. See if it crashes again. If this issue persists, try the next fix, below.

Update your graphics driver

Graphics driver is essential to the functioning of video games. If Dread Hunger keeps crashing on your PC, it’s likely that you have a corrupted or outdated graphics driver on your PC. So you should update your drivers to see if it fixes the game crashing issues.

You can update your graphics driver manually: first, go to the manufacturer’s download page (AMD / NVIDIA), then search your model and download the correct driver installer. But 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.

Install the latest game patch

The developer of Dread Hunger 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 Steam, and the latest game patch will be automatically downloaded and installed when you launch the game.

Launch Dread Hunger again and check if this fix works. If it didn’t work, or there was no new game patch available, move on to the next fix, below.

Disable overlays

Although overlays are handy, sometimes they would interfere with the game and even block the game files, which may cause the game to crash.

If you’re using the Steam Overlay while playing the game, try disabling Steam Overlay for Dread Hunger and see if the game crashes again:

  1. Launch Steam and navigate to the LIBRARY tabright-click on Dread Hunger. 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 (e.g. Nvidia GeForce Experience, Discord, Twitch, etc.), make sure you’ve disabled the in-game overlay in those apps features.

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

Temporarily disable anti-virus software

Dread Hunger will crash if some important game files are blocked by those 3rd party antivirus software. If you’re using 3rd-party antivirus software, try adding both the game folder and Steam as an exception to your third-party antivirus application. If necessary, temporarily disable the 3rd party antivirus software before playing the game.

Launch Dread Hunger to see if the game crashes after you disabled the anti-virus software on your PC.

If this fix didn’t work, try the next fix, below.

Repair corrupted system files

If you’ve played PC games for a long time, you may have already known that even a missing or corrupted .dll file (dynamic link libraries) would cause a game to crash. Dread Hunger would crash if there are corrupted Windows system files on your computer.

If you’d like to repair all the corrupted system files ASAP, try using Fortect, a powerful tool that specializes in Windows repair.

Fortect will compare your current Windows OS to a brand new and functioning system, then remove and replace all the damaged files with fresh Windows files and components from its continuously updated online database that contains a vast repository of system services & files, registry values, dynamic link libraries and other components of a fresh Windows installation.

After the repair process is done, Your PC’s performance, stability and security will be restored and improved.

To repair corrupted system files using Fortect, follow the steps below:

  1. Download Fortect.
  2. Install and launch Fortect. You’ll be asked to run a free scan of your computer. Click Yes to continue.
  3. Wait for Fortect to scan your PC. This may take a few minutes.
  4. After the scanning process is completed, Fortect will provide you with the PC scan summary.

    If there’s any issue, then click the Start Repair button on the lower-right corner, and with just one click, Fortect will start to repair the Windows OS on your computer.

    Note: This is a paid service with a 60-day Money-Back Guarantee, which means that you’ll need to buy the full version to start repair.

Perform a clean boot

Dread Hunger will crash if there’s a certain app conflicting with it. If you don’t know which app is conflicting with the game, don’t worry. Just follow the instructions below to perform a clean boot, and you’ll find it out. 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.
  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 Dread Hunger to check if the game crashes again. If not, open the System Configuration window again to enable services and applications one by one until you find the problematic software.

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

Once you find out the problematic software that crashes Dread Hunger, you can uninstall it to avoid game crashing issues in the future.

If the crashing issue reappears after you disabled all the 3rd party apps and services, try reinstalling Dread Hunger.

Normally, after reinstalling the game, you’ll be able to fix the crashing issue.


If these common fixes didn’t help you fix the Dread Hunger 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: Ultimate guide: how to check Windows 10 crash logs.

Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped you fix the Dread Hunger crashing issue. Feel free to drop a line in the comment area below if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks for reading!

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