It’s a lot of fun to immerse in the epic naval warfare in World of Warships. However, when the game keeps crashing, it could feel awful and annoying. If you’re one of the many plagued by the constant crashes, don’t frustrate as this problem is not hard to fix.

Try these fixes:

Here are 5 fixes that helped other players solve World of Warships crashing. You don’t need to try them all; just work in order until you find the one that does the trick.

  1. Repair the game files
  2. Update your graphics card driver
  3. Delete the preferences.xml file
  4. Launch World of Warships in safe mode
  5. Reinstall the game
The screenshots below come from Windows 10, but the fixes also apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Fix 1 – Repair the game files

Corrupted and damaged game file is one of the most common causes of game crashes, so an integrity check should be your first step for troubleshooting. We’ll show you how to do this on Steam and Wargaming launcher.

If you play on Steam

1) Open the Steam client. Then, navigate to the Library tab.

2) Right-click World of Warships and click Properties.

3) Select the Local Files tab, and click Verify Integrity of Game Files.

After it finishes validating the game files, you can relaunch World of Warships to check if crashes are still there. If yes, proceed to Fix 2 below.

If you play on Wargaming launcher

1) Launch the Wargaming Game Center.

2) Select World of Warships. Then, click Game Settings and click Check and Repair.

3) Click Continue.

Wait for the process to complete, and relaunch World of Warships to test this method. If it fails to cure the crash, move on to the fixes below.

Fix 2 – Update your graphics card driver

Graphics card is important in determining the video game performance. If the GPU driver is wrong or outdated, you might get numerous crashes when playing World of Warships. To solve this, you need to get the right and latest graphics driver. Here’re two options for you: manually or automatically.

Option 1 – Update the graphics card driver manually

Graphics card manufacturers keep updating drivers and they’re usually available on their official websites:

Find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually. Then, double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update the graphics card driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the graphics 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 risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

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 clicks:

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.

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).

You can click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
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.

Now that you’ve installed the most recent graphics driver, you can expect a smooth and enhanced game performance. If updating the driver doesn’t work, keep reading the next fix below.

Fix 3 – Delete the preferences.xml file

This is a simple but useful trick reported by many players to stop World of Warships from crashing. Please note that this process will clear the corrupted cache and revert the game settings, including audio, graphics and controls to default.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog. Then, type %appdata%\wargaming.net\worldofwarships, and click OK.

If you’re playing WoWS on Steam, you may locate the preferences.xml file in: C: > Program Files (x86) > Steam > steamapps > common > World of Warships.

2) Click the preferences.xml file and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

See if the crashing issue goes away. If not, try the fixes below.

Fix 4 – Launch World of Warships in safe mode

If you’re accustomed to playing World of Warships with installed modifications but found the game started to malfunction after an update, the problem is possibly related to the mods. To identify whether that’s the case, you can try the safe mode.

1) Launch World of Warships.

2) Click the up arrow icon next to Play and click Launch the game in safe mode.

Do the crashes disappear now? If not, continue to the next fix.

Fix 5 – Reinstall the game

If you’ve tried all the methods above but still to no avail, you could reinstall the game as a last resort. Here is how:

1) Type control in the search bar and click Control Panel.

2) Select Category next to View by, and click Uninstall a program.

3) Click World of Warships from the list, and click Uninstall. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

4) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time to open File Explorer.

5) Paste C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Wargaming.net to the address bar and press Enter. (If you play on Steam, then go to this path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common.)

6) If you see the World of Warships folder, click it and press the Delete key.

After World of Warships is completely removed from your PC, download and install it from Steam or Wargaming again. This should resolve the stubborn issues with your previous installation and help you resume the naval adventure!


That’s it – 5 working fixes for World of Warships crashing on PC. If you have further questions or suggestions, or would like to share your tricks, feel free to leave a comment below. 🙂

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