Code Vein – a Souls-like anime game – was debuted on September 27, 2019, just a few days ago. It has garnered much acclamation in a flash: over 80 percent of its Steam reviews are positive. However, as is the case with other big titles, many players are experiencing all kinds of crashes (such as crashing on startup, crashing to desktop, unreal engine crashing, etc.) in Code Vein that have all but ruined their gaming experience.

As you’re reading this article, it’s most likely you’re also one of them, desperate for useful resolutions online. Although most crashing issues seem pretty daunting, there’re still quite a few ways for you fix them. Now let’s dig in and see what’s what.

Check your PC specs first

First of all, check your PC specs to verify if they meet the system requirements for Code Vein. This is always the prerequisite act before you download and install a new game. In case you don’t know how, here’s the guidance:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in dxdiag and click OK

2) In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window, on the System tab, you can see the make and model of your computer. Just take note of the following items: Operating SystemProcessorMemory, and DirectX Version.

Ignore the specs listed here. This computer is not used for gaming.

3) Go to the Display tab so you can view the information about your graphics card.

4) If you also want to know the screen resolution of your monitor, right-click a blank area of your desktop to open the context menu. Then click Display settings.

5) So this is your screen resolution, as illustrated in the following screenshot.

6) Don’t rush to close the Settings window. Click Storage in the left pane and then you’ll find out the storage of your PC easily.

After checking your PC specs, take a look at the minimum and recommended system requirements for Code Vein:


OSWindows 7 SP1 or Windows 10 (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300
Memory6 GB RAM
GraphicsGeForce GTX 760 or Radeon HD 7850
DirectXVersion 11
NetworkBroadband Internet connection
Storage35 GB available space
Sound CardDirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset


OSWindows 7 SP1 or Windows 10 (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-7400 or AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Memory8 GB RAM
GraphicsGeForce GTX 960 or Radeon R9 380X
DirectXVersion 11
NetworkBroadband Internet connection
Storage35 GB available space
Sound CardDirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

If you find out that your computer cannot keep up with the game, you should upgrade some components first, say replacing your graphics card with a more powerful one (based on your actual situation of course).

How to fix Code Vein crashing

Although the crashing issue is somewhat complex, it can be broken down into several situations and hence becomes easier for the players to troubleshoot.

Jump ahead to the section you’re interested in:

Code Vein crashes on startup/ won’t launch/crashes to desktop

If your Code Vein crashes without any specific error message, you can try the following listed methods to fix it. Note that you may not need to try them all; just work your way from the top down until you find the one that works for you.

Fix 1: Verify integrity of game files

Fix 2: Roll back your graphics driver

Fix 3: Update device drivers

Fix 4: Run Code Vein as an administrator

Fix 5: Close unnecessary programs

Fix 6: Reinstall the game

Fix 1: Verify the integrity of game files

This quick fix can be applied to any Steam games. As long as you got a crashing problem, perform the following steps on your Steam first:

1) Log in Steam and click LIBRARY.

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2) Right-click CODE VEIN and select Properties.


4) Wait for the process to complete. When finished, exit Steam and then reopen it. Run Code Vein and see if it keeps crashing.

If you continue to face crashing problems, please move on to the next fix.

Fix 2: Roll back your graphics driver

If you got the crashing problem right after a Windows Update or a driver update, then you should consider reverting your graphics card driver to a previous version. Here’s how:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to fire up the Run dialog box. Then type devmgmt.msc into the box and click OK.

2) In the Device Manager window, double-click on the Display adapters node to expand its drop-down list. Then right-click on your graphics card (the one used to run the game) and select Properties.

3) Click Roll Back Driver.

If the Roll Back Driver option is grayed out, that means there’s no driver to roll back to. In this case you’ll have to try other fixes.

4) Choose one of the reasons based on your own situation and click Yes.

5) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Now run Code Vein and check whether your crashing problem still exists. If it does, then proceed to the next fix.

Fix 3: Update device drivers

Your crashing issue in Code Vein may be caused by outdated or corrupt device drivers (especially graphics card drivers). If you’re not sure whether all your device drivers are up-to-date, you should check.

You can do this in Windows Device Manager, one device at a time. But this takes a lot of time and patience, and if any of your drivers do happen to be out of date, you’ll need to manually update them, which is difficult and risky. 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 takes care of everything.

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

If you have any problems using Driver Easy to update your driver, please feel free to email us at We are always here to help.

If you still have random crashes with Code Vein, you should give the next fix a try.

Fix 4: Run Code Vein as an administrator

According to some players, running Code Vein under administrative privileges is helpful to resolve the problem. Besides, you can also try running Steam as an administrator. Here’re the steps:

1) Right-click your Steam app and select Properties.

2) Go to the Compatibility tab, then check the Run this program as an administrator box. Click Apply > OK to save the change.

The next time you launch Steam, it’ll run under administrative privileges. When prompted for confirmation, click Yes.

3) Now launch Steam and then click LIBRARY.

4) Right-click CODE VEIN and select Properties.

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5) On the next page, go to the LOCAL FILES tab. Then click BROWSE LOCAL FILES….

6) In the pop-up window, locate the .exe file of Code Vein (the one used to execute Code Vein). Right-click on it and select Properties.

7) In the Properties window, on the Compatibility tab, select the Run this program as an administrator check box. Then click Apply > OK.

Extra info: If you’re playing Code Vein on Windows 8/7, you should tick Run this program in compatibility mode for: and select the right version from the drop-down list below.

Also, it’s said that disabling fullscreen optimizations is useful to boost FPS. So you should check Disable fullscreen optimizations, then click Change high DPI settings.

In the next window, tick the Override high DPI scaling behavior check box and then click OK.

Click Apply > OK to save the changes you’ve made.

Launch Code Vein and wait to see if it still crashes. In case it does, you should try out Fix 5.

Fix 5: Close unnecessary programs

There’s a chance that Code Vein conflicts with certain programs. Although this kind of software clashes doesn’t come up very often, it’s still worth trying to close unnecessary programs while the game is running.

To completely shut down a program:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time, then click Task Manager.

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2) In the Task Manager window, on the Processes tab, select the program you want to shut down and click End task. (If it’s a program you’re using, e.g. Microsoft Word, make sure you save any unsaved work first.)

Do not close any unfamiliar programs. If you mistakenly end the important system processes, your computer may fail to work properly.

Note that your trouble is sometimes caused by interference from antivirus software. To see if that’s the problem for you, temporarily disable your antivirus program and check if Code Vein can run normally. (Consult your antivirus documentation for instructions on disabling it.)

Also, remember to check carefully in the blacklists (or quarantine) of your third-party antivirus and Windows Firewall for any files related to Code Vein. Once you spot them, manually add the files into whitelists.

If the game works properly after you disable the antivirus, contact the vendor of your antivirus software and ask them for advice, or simply install a different antivirus solution.

Be extra careful about what sites you visit, what emails you open and what files you download when your antivirus is disabled.

If, after disabling all the unnecessary programs Code Vein is still crashing, take a stab at Fix 6.

Fix 6: Reinstall the game

If none of the fixes above work out, you should try reinstalling the game:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.

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2) In the pop-up window, scroll through the list until you find Code Vein. Right-click on it and select Uninstall.

3) Wait till the uninstall process is complete. Then, delete all the remaining game files in your PC and clean up the Recycle Bin.

4) When you’re ready, download and install Code Vein all over again. Just make sure you turn off your antivirus software during the whole reinstall process.


If you confront any error messages mentioning “DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG” or “DirectX error,” please refer to this post at It provides more depth on how to fix such issues.

Unreal Engine 4 crashes

If you unfortunately got an error message like this:

then it’s very likely you’re having the Unreal Engine 4 crashing problem. To resolve it, take a look at It should be helpful to you.

Hopefully this post helped you resolve the crashing problem in Code Vein. If you have any follow-up questions or ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below. You’re also welcome to share other useful solutions with us. Thanks for reading!

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