Rainbow Six Siege is gaining great popularity. But you might encounter the freezing issue while playing the game. The constant freezing could really destroy your gameplay, right? Don’t worry, in this article, we’ll guide you how to fix it.

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Try these fixes:

You might not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Prevent your computer from overheating
  2. Delete temp files
  3. Update your device drivers
  4. Verify your game files
  5. Lower in-game settings

Before getting started

Before you take any steps for troubleshooting, check if your computer meets the game’s system requirements.

Operating system 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
Processorintel Core i3 560 @ 3.3 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 GHz*
Video cardNvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5
Hard Drive 85.5 GB
Minimum requirements
Operating system64-bit Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8120 @ 3.1 GHz *
Video cardNvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD7970 / R9 280X or better (2048 MB VRAM)
Hard Drive85.5 GB
Recommended requirements

Your PC needs to meet the minimum requirements in order to play Rainbow Six Siege. But for a better gaming performance, make sure it meets the recommended requirements.

Fix 1: Prevent your computer from overheating

If your computer is overheating, you may not be able to play the game because it freezes in an attempt to protect the computer. Rainbow Six Siege is a graphics-intensive game and it uses more power thus creating more heat. So in order to play the game smoothly, you need to first, prevent your computer from overheating.

Here are some tips:

1) Open the case and remove the dust.

To prevent the heating issue, you’re supposed to clean your computer on a regular basis. Because as time goes by, dust will build up and thus block the airflow.

Before doing the cleaning, you need to shut down and unplug your computer.

2) Make sure your computer has free space.

To ensure the cooling efficiency, you need to make sure that nothing is blocking the cooling fans.

3) Stop apps from running in the background.

Having too many apps running in the background will generate heat. So if they’re unnecessary programs, you can stop them from running via Task Manager. (To access the Task Manager, simply press Windows logo key and R together on your keyboard and type taskmgr.exe.)

4) Stop overclocking.

You might enable overclocking to have better gaming experience. But this pushes your computer beyond its limits. So to cool down your computer and increase its lifespan, try disabling it.

Fix 2: Delete temp files

When your computer doesn’t have sufficient space to store the temp files, it might lead to the freezing issue. So you can delete them by following these steps:

1) Press Windows logo key and R together on your keyboard and type %temp% in the box.

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2) Select all the files in the folder and delete them.

delete temp files Rainbow Six Siege freezing

After that, relaunch your game and hopefully, the freezing problem is solved. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 3: Update device your drivers

If your drivers are corrupt or out-of-date, your computer would not function normally. And in terms of the game performance, you might have been told to update the graphics drivers. But according to some threads on Reddit, having all the drivers updated is more likely to resolve the issue of freezing.

Here are two options you can take to update your drivers: manually or automatically.

Before updating your drivers, exit the game. If you can’t close it, head to the Task Manager to end the task or simply restart your computer.

Option 1: Manually update your drivers

Windows automatically update the drivers installed on your computer on a regular basis. But there are certain drivers including chipset drivers and COM drivers that it fails to update. So you need to update them on your own in the Device Manager.

Steps are as follows:

1) Press Windows logo key and R together on your keyboard to open the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. This will bring up the Device Manager.

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3) Right-click on each driver and select Update driver.

udpate drivers Rainbow Six Siege freezing

After this, follow the on-screen instructions to update your drivers. It seems quite easy to update drivers this way. However, Windows may fail to give your the latest versions of drivers. So you may still have to go to the manufacturers’ official websites to download and install the correct drivers correponding with your system.

Option 2: Automatically update your drivers recommended)

If you don’t have the time and patience and skills to update your device drivers manually, we recommend you use Driver Easy. It’s a useful tool that automatically detects, downloads, and installs the correct drivers for your computer. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running or risk downloading and installing the wrong driver.

To update your device drivers with Driver Easy, follow these steps:

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 outdated or missing drivers.

update drivers automatically with Driver Easy

3) Click the Update button next to your outdated driver to automatically download the correct driver for your computer, then you can manually install it.


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

update device drivers automatically with Driver Easy
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating the drivers, restart your computer for them to take effects and then launch your game. If the issue persists, move on to the next fix.

Fix 4: Verify your game files

Verifying the game files is one of the simplest troubleshooting steps you can try when you’re experiencing the freezing issue. You need to force your game to stop first and then verify the files from the launcher.

If you’re playing it on Uplay

1) In Uplay, click on the Games tab.

2) Right-click on your game and select Verify files.

verify game files Rainbow Six Siege Uplay

Till then, it’ll verify your game files and if Uplay detects any damaged files, you can fix them by clicking on Repair.

If you’re playing it on Steam

1) Under the LIBRARY tab, right-click on Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

2) Select Properties.

verify game files Rainbow Six Siege Steam

3) Click on the LOCAL FILES tab and click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES….

Till then, it’ll start validating your Rainbow Six Siege files. This process would take a while to finish. After that, play your game to check if the issue is solved.

Fix 5: Lower in-game settings

The in-game settings by default might not provide you with the best gaming performance but could be the cause of the freezing issue. Here are the settings that you might need to change.

Widescreen LetterboxOff
Display Settings
Ambient OcclusionOff
Lens Effects Off
Zoom-in Depth of FieldOff
Graphics Settings

After applying all the changes, launch your game to check if the problem persists. If it does, then you can consider uninstalling and reinstalling the game.

So these are the fixes for the Rainbow Six Siege freezing issue. Hopefully, they work for you. If you have any ideas or questions, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment. 😊

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