If your computer system crashes when you’re playing a game, it’s really frustrating. But don’t worry, this article gives you 7 methods to solve the problem, quickly and easily.

Try these methods

You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find that one that works for you.

  1. Install the latest drivers
  2. Disable background programs
  3. Prevent computer overheating
  4. Run a memory check
  5. Run System File Checker
  6. Check your hardware

Fix 1: Install the latest drivers

A missing or outdated device driver may also stop your game from running. You should update your device drivers, especially your graphics card and chipset drivers, and see if this is causing your game to freeze.

There are two ways you can update your driver: manually and automatically.

Update your drivers manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.


Update your drivers automatically – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

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 (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

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 (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 
  3. Click the Update button next to the driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with 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 Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).   

Fix 2: Disable background programs

Most of the games are occupied a lot of memory, so close background programs before playing the game is a wise move. Otherwise, the computer may crash when you’re playing games.

  1. Press Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc together to evoke Task Manager.
  2. Disable the programs that have high Memories.
  3. Play the game.

Fix 3: Prevent computer overheating

If your computer boots up normally, no problem with regular computer work but will suddenly crash when you’re playing a game, it’s possible the crash is caused by overheating.
It is well-known that overheating is one of the reasons for slowdowns and crashes, especially when you’re running a high power game. To prevent the computer from crashes by overheated when playing games, you can clean the dust on the fan and other hardware.

Fix 4: Run a memory check

A faulty memory card is also known to cause a computer to crash. To see if this is causing your problem, you should run a memory check:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R together to open the Run box.
  2. Type mdsched.exe in the Run box and press Enter.
  3. If you want to run the check immediately, click Restart now and check for problems (recommended). If you want to check later, click Check for Problems the next time I start my computer.
  4. When Windows restarts, this screen will appear showing the progress of the check and the number of passes it’ll run on your memory card. If you don’t see any errors, your memory card probably isn’t causing your problem, and you can move on to the next Fix.

Fix 5: Run System File Checker

Problematic system files can also cause your computer crashes when playing games. You can run System File Checker to see if there’re any system files missing or corrupted, or use Fortect to get a quick and thorough scan and fix with one click.

Fortect is software that is equipped with powerful technology for securing and repairing PCs to an optimized state. Specifically, it replaces damaged Windows files, removes malware threats, detects dangerous websites, frees disk space, and so on. All the replacement files come from a full database of certified system files.

  1. Download and install Fortect.
  2. Open Fortect and click Yes to run a free scan of your PC.
  3. Fortect will scan your computer thoroughly. This may take a few minutes.
  4. Once done, you’ll see a detailed report of all the issues on your PC. To fix them automatically, click START REPAIR. This requires you to purchase the full version. But don’t worry. If Fortect doesn’t solve the issue, you can request a refund within 60 days.
The Pro version of Fortect comes with 24/7 technical support. If you need any assistance, please contact Fortect support:
Email: support@fortect.com

After the repairs, restart your computer to see if it fixes the problem.

How to run System File Checker

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R together to open the Run box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter together to run Command Prompt as administrator.
  3. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  4. It should begin running a system scan, and will take some time. When it finishes, restart your computer and check if it has fixed your problem. If not, try the next method.

Fix 6: Check your hardware

As a PC gamer, you certainly know that sometimes the problems are not related to software but the hardware. If the components are not installed correctly or they’re too old, you need to update your hardware.

That’s it. Hope the above fixes can meet your needs. If you have any other suggestion or ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Enjoy your game!

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