Dying Light keeps crashing on your PC? Don’t worry… Although it’s incredibly frustrating, you’re definitely not the only person to experience this problem. Thousands of players have recently reported the very same issue. More importantly, you should be able to fix it pretty easily…

Try these fixes

Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved this problem for other Dying Light players. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Check if your PC meets the system requirements for Dying Light
  2. Lower the in-game settings
  3. Verify the game files
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Perform a Windows Update
  6. Stop overclocking
  7. Turn off Game Mode in Windows 10
  8. Reinstall the game and run Windows compatibility troubleshooter

Fix 1: Check if your PC meets the system requirements for Dying Light

Before trying any other fixes in the post, you should check if your PC meets the system requirements for Dying Light first.

Below are the system requirements for Dying Light from the Steam client:

Minimum:

OS:Windows® 7 64-bit / Windows® 8 64-bit / Windows® 8.1 64-bit
Processor:Intel® Core™ i5-2500 @3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @3.5 GHz
Memory:4 GB RAM DDR3
Hard Drive:40 GB free space
Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 / AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 (1GB VRAM)
DirectX®:Version 11
Sound:DirectX® compatible
Additional Notes:Laptop versions of graphics cards may work but are NOT officially supported.

Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

Recommended:

OS:Windows® 7 64-bit / Windows® 8 64-bit / Windows® 8.1 64-bit
Processor:Intel® Core™ i5-4670K @3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8350 @4.0 GHz
Memory:8 GB RAM DDR3
Hard Drive:40 GB free space
Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 (2GB VRAM)
DirectX®:Version 11
Sound:DirectX® compatible
Additional Notes:Laptop versions of graphics cards may work but are NOT officially supported.

Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

If your PC fails to meet the minimum system requirements for Dying Light, you may not be able to run the game properly on your PC. In such a case, you need to upgrade your hardware first. If you don’t know how to check the DirectX version on your PC, you can refer to the first step in the post: Download DirectX 12 for Windows 10 [SOLVED]

Fix 2: Lower the in-game settings

If your PC fails to meet the recommended system requirements for Dying Light, you should use a reduced settings profile for graphics related features, because higher settings will increase the workload for your PC, which may even lead to game crash issue.

Launch the game again in a reduced settings to see it it crashes or not. If the game still crashes, try the next fix, below.


Fix 3: Verify the game files

The game crash issue may occur if your game files are corrupted. To fix this issue, you need to verify the game files. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open the Steam client and navigate to the LIBRARY tab, then right-click on Dying Light and select Properties.
  2. Click the LOCAL FILES tab, then click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE…. After that, click CLOSE.

Launch Dying Light again after you verified the integrity of the game files. If this issue persists, try the next fix, below.


Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

One of the most common causes of this problem is an outdated or a faulty graphics driver. There are two ways you can get the right drivers for your graphics card: manually or automatically.

Manual driver update – You can update your graphics drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your graphics card, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video and monitor drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics cards, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. 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. You need the Pro version of Driver Easy to do this, so you’ll be prompted to upgrade.

    Don’t worry; it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you don’t like it you can get a full refund, no questions asked.


    (Alternatively if you’re comfortable manually installing drivers, you can click ‘Update’ next to each flagged device in the free version to automatically download the correct driver. Once it’s downloaded, you can manually install it.)
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 5: Perform a Windows Update

According to the game developers, if MS Visual C++ is missing or corrupted, you may also run into the Dying Light crash issue. To resolve this problem, you need to reinstall Official Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 and .NET Framework.

If your PC is running on Windows 10, you can perform a Windows Update to update and install the latest version of Visual C++ and .NET Framework. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Then click Update & Security.
  2. Click Check for updates. Windows will start searching for available updates. If there are updates available, Windows will automatically download and install the updates.

If there are no updates related to MS Visual C++ or .NET Framework, you can download their installation files via the links below on your own and manually install them on your PC.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2013:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784
Microsoft .NET Framework:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30653

After installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 and Microsoft .NET Framework, you need to restart Windows. Then launch Dying Light to see if this issue persists. If not, congratulations, you’ve resolved this issue! If this issue reappears, try the next fix, below.


Fix 6: Stop overclocking

Many players would like to overclock the CPU or turbo boost the graphics card to gain a better FPS. However, overclocking usually crashes the game. To prevent game crashes, you should reset the CPU or the graphics card to the manufacturer specifications.

Some players reported that the game may crash when they’re using MSI Afterburner. So if you’ve enabled MSI Afterburner, try disabling it to see if this issue persists. If not, try the next fix, below.


Fix 7: Turn off Game Mode in Windows 10

The Game Mode in Windows 10 may also crash Dying Light. Some players reported in the Steam community that after they turned off Game Mode, they can play Dying Light without crashes. You can follow the steps below to turn off Game Mode in Windows 10:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type game mode, then select Game Mode settings from the list of search results.
  2. Turn off the toggle under Game Mode.

Launch Dying Light again after you disabled Game Mode to see if this fix works. If not, try the next fix, below.


Fix 8: Reinstall the game and run Windows compatibility troubleshooter

If none of the fixes above works for you, you may need to try reinstalling the game to see if it would crash again. Normally, Dying Light won’t crash after you reinstall it.

Before reinstalling the game, you should totally uninstall it from your PC. Please make sure you have deleted any files related to Dying Light, such as C:\Users\USER_NAME\My Documents\DyingLight.

After reinstalling it, run the game to see if you can play it without crashes.

If the game crashing issue persists, maybe it is a compatibility issue. According to the game developers, Windows 10 is not officially supported by Dying Light, as the game had been created earlier and supports 64-bit Windows 7/8/8.1. So you can try running Dying Light in Windows 7 compatibility mode. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your desktop, right-click on the shortcut of Dying Light, then select Properties.
  2. In the Properties Window, navigate to the Compatibility tab, check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for: and select Windows 7 from the drop-down list. Check the box next to Run as an administrator and click OK to save the changes.
  3. Double-click the shortcut of Dying Light on your desktop to launch it. This time Dying Light will run in the compatibility mode you set in step 2.

See if this fix works for you. If this issue never reappears in the compatibility mode, it suggests that the cause of the issue is the game incompatibility in Windows 10.


Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped you resolve this issue. If you have any suggestions or questions on this issue, you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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