Dota 2 crashes now and then while you’re gaming? This is extremely irritating and you’re certainly not the only one who faces it. Many Windows users are reporting this issue. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 10 solutions you can try to fix it.

Try these fixes:

You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Disable your antivirus temporarily
  3. Run Steam as an administrator
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Launch your game with the -autoconfig option 
  6. Launch your game using the -safe launch option
  7. Configure your in-game video settings
  8. Verify the integrity of your game files
  9. Reinstall Dota 2
  10. Reinstall Steam

Fix 1: Restart your computer

Some programs running on your computer may conflict with Dota 2 or Steam, resulting in errors when you’re gaming. So you should restart your computer to close all unnecessary programs completely.

After your computer restarts, relaunch Dota 2 to test your issue. If your problem still exists, move on and check the fix below.

Fix 2: Disable your antivirus temporarily

Your problem 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 the problem persists. (Consult your antivirus documentation for instructions on disabling it.)

If your game works properly after you disable the antivirus software, contact the vendor of your antivirus software and ask them for advice, or 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 this didn’t fix your problem, you need to relaunch your antivirus, and check the fix below.

Fix 3: Run Steam as an administrator

Steam sometimes may require administrator privileges to perform certain functions. Try running Steam as an administrator, and then run Dota 2 to see if it works smoothly. Follow the instructions below:

1) If Steam is running on your computer now, right-click the Steam icon on the taskbar and select Exit.

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2) Right-click the Steam icon and select Run as administrator.

3) Click Yes.

Dota 2 should be able to run correctly now. If not, check the next fix.

Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

One of the most common causes of Dota crash issues is an outdated or a faulty graphics driver.

There are two ways you can get the right driver for your graphics product: manually or automatically.

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

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your graphics product, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

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

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 5: Launch your game with the -autoconfig option 

If your Dota 2 crashes still, try running it with the -autoconfig launch option in Steam. Here is how: 

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Dota 2 and select Properties.

4) Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.

5) Remove any launch options currently shown. 

6) Type -autoconfig and click OK.

Relaunch Dota 2 to check your issue. If your problem still exists, don’t fret. There are still 5 more fixes to try.

Fix 6: Launch your game using the -safe launch option

If launching Dota 2 with the -autoconfig option didn’t work for you, you may need to try launching your game using the -save mode. Follow the instructions below:

1) Open Steam

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Dota 2 and select Properties.

4) Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.

5) Remove any launch options currently shown. 

6) Type -safe and click OK.

Restart your game and check if your problem still exists. If your game crashes again, move on and try the fix below.

Fix 7: Configure your in-game video settings

Improper video setting can also cause Dota 2 to crash. In this case, you’ll need to optimize the video settings in Steam. Here is how to do it:

1) Run your game.

2) Click the Settings button.

3) Click the VIDEO tab.

4) Modify the video settings following the screenshot below.

5) Click APPLY.

6) Relaunch Steam and Dota 2.

If your Dota 2 run smoothly now, that’s great! If not, check the next fix.

Fix 8: Verify the integrity of your game files

Your game may crash when a certain game file is damaged or missing. To fix it, try verifying the integrity of your game files on the Steam client. Here is how:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Dota 2 and select Properties.

4) Click the LOCAL FILES tab, and then click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES.

Steam will fix any damaged or missing file automatically if it detects. Wait for this process to be complete, then relaunch your game to see if it your problem has been resolved. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 9: Reinstall Dota 2

If verify the game file integrity didn’t help, it’s time to reinstall Dota 2. Follow the instructions below:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Dota 2 and select Uninstall.

4) Click DELETE.

5) Download Dota 2 and reinstall it on your computer.

After you reinstall Dota 2, try running it to test your problem. If your game still crashes, try the fix below.

Fix 10: Reinstall Steam

If none of the fixes above worked for you, reinstalling Steam is very likely the solution to your problem. Here is how to reinstall Steam without losing your game content:

1) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.

2) Right-click the steamapps folder and select Copy. Then, place the copy in another location to back it up.

3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control Panel.

4) Under View by, select Category. Then, select Uninstall a program.

5) Right-click Steam, and then click Uninstall. Then, wait for the process to be complete.

6) Download and install Steam.

7) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.

8) Move the backup steamapps folder you create before to your current directory location.

9) Restart Dota 2 to test your problem.

Hopefully, this article helped in resolving your issue! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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