Red Dead Redemption 2, the most critically acclaimed epic game from Rockstar, was finally out for PC on November 5, 2019. With Red Dead Redemption 2 now available on Steam, the one-month-long wait for many dedicated Steam players is over.

However, the game crashing issue is still bugging many PC players. What a bummer! If your Red Dead Redemption crashes randomly or exits unexpectedly, don’t panic, there are a few easy fixes you can try.

System Requirements for RDR 2

Hold your horses, Arthur Morgan. Before getting started, you’d better check your PC specs to verify that your computer meets the system requirements for Red Dead Redemption 2.

Minimum:

Red Dead Redemption 2 requires a 64-bit processor and operating system.

OS Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
Memory 8 GB RAM
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
Network Broadband Internet connection
Storage 150 GB available space
Sound Card Direct X Compatible
Recommended:
OS Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory 12 GB RAM
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
Network Broadband Internet connection
Storage 150 GB available space
Sound Card Direct X Compatible
Note: To check your PC specs, you can type msinfo in the Search box and select System Information.

If “Yes, of course my gear is up for running the game“, try these workarounds below to enjoy a crash-free hunting game.

Try these fixes:

  1. Update to the latest graphics drivers
  2. Reverting back to Vulkan
  3. Run as admin
  4. Verify the game integrity
  5. Disable antivirus software temporarily
  6. Perform a clean boot
  7. Check your system files
  8. Setting Windows to manage Virtual Memory
  9. High Performance Mode
  10. Change your audio sampling

Fix 1: Update to the latest graphics drivers

Older GPU drivers can cause game crashing issues for they’re not able to support Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. To avoid crashing issues and improve your gaming experience, you need to always have the latest graphics driver installed. Also, make sure you have installed the latest Windows update and the latest game patch.

There are two methods to update your graphics driver:

Option 1: Manually

NVIDIA and AMD keep releasing drivers to fix bugs and improve game performance. To get the latest graphics driver, you can go to its official website to download exactly the right driver and install it manually.

Option 2: Automatically (Recommended)

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your device drivers 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. Driver Easy handles all of your out-of-date drivers.

All the drivers in Driver Easy come straight from the manufacturer.

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 the Update button next to your graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or

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 will get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

4) Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

Restart your game to see if the annoying crashing reoccurs.

Note: If updating your NVIDIA graphics driver fails to solve your Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing issue:

1. Go to C:\Windows\System32\amdvlk64.dll and rename amdvlk.dll.

OR

2. Try NVIDIA hotfix driver for RDR2: GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 441.34.

OR

3. Try installing NVIDIA studio driver instead of its game ready driver. Many players can play flawlessly without crashing by doing so. However, it has varying success.

Fix 2: Reverting back to Vulkan

If your RDR2 is constantly crashing or freezing on DX 12, you can try reverting it back to Vulkan. Many players find this fixed their Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing issues.

Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings\ and rename system.xml (in case you need to change it back if this method doesn’t work). The game will generate a new one and you will be back to Vulkan.

Note: Alternatively, you can edit the system.xml to revert into Vulkan,

1. Go to C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings folder.

2. Right click system.xml and select Edit with Notepad++

3. Look for the line <API>kSettingAPI_DX12</API>
and change it to <API>kSettingAPI_Vulkan</API>

Just try playing your game to see if RDR2 crashing issue still persists.

If the crashing issue reoccurs, please move on to the next fix.


Fix 3: Run as administrator

Run both your launcher and Red Dead Redemption 2 to grant full access to your game files. This is a quick fix you can always try when you run into a game crashing or not launching issue.

1) Navigate to where the game is installed.

2) Right click Red Dead Redemption 2.exe and select Properties.

3) Choose the Compatibility tab and select Disable fullscreen optimizations and Run this program as an administrator.

4) Click Change High DPI settings, then tick the Override high DPI scaling behavior option, and select Application. Click OK to apply.

5) Go back to the compatibility window and click Apply and OK.

6) Also run your game launcher as administrator.

  • You can right click the launcher and select Run as administrator to run it as admin temporarily.
  • Or go to the Properties > Compatibility > tick Run this program as administrator to run the game launcher as admin permanently.

Restart the game to test Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing issue. If it keeps crashing, try the next fix below.


Fix 4: Verigy the game integrity

If you experience random crashes while playing a game – you can always verify that your game files are installed correctly. Your Red Dead Redemption 2 may crash if the game files are missing or corrupt, so you can try verifying the game integrity to restore these files.

1. For Steam
  • Restart your computer and launch Steam
  • From the Library section, right click Red Dead Redemption 2 and select Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game files… button.
  • Steam will verify your game’s files – this process may take several minutes.
If you’re on Steam and have any controllers plugged in or wireless controllers connected:

Make sure to unplug or turn off them before you launch RDR2.

Sometimes Steam controller configuration may mess with your game.

To fix it, you can disable Steam Controller Configuration by unchecking the boxes for the specific controller you have in Big Picture Mode under Settings.
2. For Rockstar
  • Restart your computer and open Rockstar Games Launcher
  • Go to the Settings
  • Click My installed games tab
  • Select Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Click the Verify Integrity button
3. For Epic Games
  • Restart your computer and open Epic Games launcher
  • Go to the Library
  • Find the Red Dead Redemption 2 in the list.
  • Click the cog icon to the right of Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Click Verify

Fix 5: Disable the antivirus software temporarily

Since Red Dead Redemption 2 consumes a lot of memory and CPU usage when it’s running, many third-party antivirus applications may regard it as a potential threat and cause RDR 2 crashing issues.

If that’s the cause of your problem, you can just disable your antivirus app temporarily when playing RDR 2 or uninstall it completely. Alternatively, you can add the entire folder where Red Dead Redemption 2 is installed to its list of exclusions.

Follow the links below to check how to do it:

Note: If you’re using Comodo, adding an exclusion or shutting the program down isn’t enough.

Besides, go to Advanced settings > Miscellaneous > Don’t detect shellcode injections and add your whole Red Dead Redemption 2 folder to its list.

If it still doesn’t work, you may need to uninstall the whole comodo program.

Fix 6: Perform a clean boot

There might be other conflicting applications preventing your Red Dead Redemption from working properly, you can try performing a lean boot to see if you can play Red Dead Redemption without any crash. Here is how to do it:

1) Type msc in the Search box and select System Configuration.

2) Click the Services tab and tick the Hide all Microsoft services box, then click Disable all.

3) Select the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.

4) Under the Startup tab, select each startup item and then click Disable.

5) Go back to System Configuration, click Apply > OK.

6) Restart your PC and launch Red Redemption 2 to see if the crashing issue still persists.

Find out the problematic software

If you can play Red Dead Redemption 2 without any crash now, congrats! However, you’ll need to find out the problematic software. Here is how to do it:

  • Open the System Configuration again.
  • Enable services and applications that you’ve disabled before one by one until you find the problematic one.
  • After enabling each startup application, you need to restart your computer again to find the conflicting one.

Once you find out the problematic software, you may need to disable it when playing or uninstall it to avoid running into the same issue in the future .


Fix 7: Check your system files

No outdated driver. No conflicting applications. And no corrupt game files. Then the culprit might be your system files. Try these methods below to check

  1. Scan corrupt files with System File Checker
  2. Run dism.exe
1. Scan corrupt files with System File Checker

System File Checker (sfc) is a Windows built-in tool to identify and repair corrupted system files.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run box. Type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.

Click Yes when prompted for permission to make changes to your device.

2) In the Command Prompt, type the following command and hit Enter.

sfc /scannow

3) System File Check will begin to scan all system files and repair any corrupted or missing ones it detected. This may take 3-5 minutes.

4) You may receive something like following messages after the verification.

  • no errors
  • it fixed some errors
  • could not fix all errors
  • could not fix errors at all
  • ……

No matter what message you receive, you can try running dism.exe (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) to further scan the health of your PC.

2. Run dism.exe

1) Run Command Prompt as admin and enter the following commands.

  • This command line will scan the health of your PC:
dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
  • This command line will restore the health of your PC:
dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

2) After the restore health process finishes, you may get some error messages.

  • If restore heath gave you errors, you can always try this command line. This will take up to 2 hours.
dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup
  • If you get Error: 0x800F081F with the restore health scan, reboot your PC and run this command line.
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore

Restart your PC after repairing the corrupt files. Launch your Red Dead Redemption 2 to see if the crashing issue still persists. If everything works out just fine, then congrats! If it’s still crashing, don’t panic. There are a few more fixes you can try.


Fix 8: Setting Windows to manage Virtual Memory

Adjusting the page file and virtual memory can result in Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing. To fix it, you can let Windows automatically manage virtual memory. Here is how to do it:

1) Press the Windows logo key + Pause / Break at the same time to open Windows System Properties.

2) Select Advanced system settings form the left panel.

3) Go to the Advanced tab and select Settings under Performance.

4) Select the Advanced tab and select Change under Virtual memory.

5) Make sure that Automatically manage paging file size for all drives is checked. Then click OK to apply.

6) Close all open System Properties windows. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Launch your RDR2 to test the crashing issue. If this method doesn’t work, you can try the next fix.


Fix 9: High Performance Mode

1. Set high priority for Red dead Redemption 2

1) While the game is running, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

2) Go to the Details tab, right click Red Dead Redemption 2.exe and select Set priority > High.

2. Make sure you set Red Dead Redemption 2 in high performance mode

1) Right click your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.

2) Under Manage 3D settings, go to the Program Settings tab and add your Red Dead Redemption 2.exe.

  • Choose Prefer maximum performance for Power management mode.
  • Also turn off Triple buffering and Vertical sync.

Fix 10: Change your Audio Sampling

If your keeps giving you Red Dead Redemption 2 Exited Unexpectedly error, you can try changing your audio sampling to see if it works. Here is how to do it:

1) Right-click the Volume icon in your system tray and click Playback devices.

2) Select your device, then click Properties.

3) Click the Advanced tab.

4) Click the drop-down and it will show you the sample rate and bit depths options. Select 16 or 24 bit, 48000hz.

5) Click Apply then OK.


Hopefully, one of the fixes above solved your Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing issue. If the RDR2 crashing issue still persists, you could do a clean reinstall of your game, update Bios (though it has varying success), or just wait for the next game patch.

Anyway, happy hunting!

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