Rust keeps crashing while you’re gaming? This is extremely frustrating and you’re certainly not the only one who faces it. Many players are reporting this issue. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 11 solutions to try.

Try these fixes:

Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved this problem for other Rust 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. Run Steam as an administrator
  2. Opt out of the Steam beta
  3. End your background programs
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Change the power option
  6. Change the Process Affinity setting
  7. Set the launch option
  8. Configure your in-game video settings
  9. Verify the integrity of your game files
  10. Reinstall your game
  11. Reinstall Steam

Fix 1: Run Steam as an administrator

Steam sometimes may require administrator privileges to perform certain functions. So you should try running Steam as an administrator, and then launch your game from Steam. Here is how:

1) If you’re running Steam 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.

4) Try launching Rust again to test your issue.

Hope it runs correctly now. If not, check the fix, below.

Fix 2: Opt out of the Steam beta

Sometimes, this problem might occur when you enable Steam client beta. To see if that’s the problem for you, follow the instructions below:

1) Run Steam

2) Click Steam, then Settings.

3) Click the CHANGE button.

4) Click the list box next to Beta participation. Then, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs and click OK.

5) Relaunch Steam and Rust.

If Rust still crashes, move on and try the next fix.

Fix 3: End your background programs

Some programs running on your computer may conflict with your game or Steam, resulting in errors while you’re gaming. Here is how to turn off unwanted processes:

If you’re on Windows 7…

1) Right-click your taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

2) Click the Processes tab. Then, check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.

3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End Process Tree.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Try relaunching your game to see if this has resolved your issue. If this didn’t help, try fix 4.

If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…

1) Right-click your taskbar and select Task Manager.

2) Check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.

3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End task.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Try launching Rust again to see if it works smoothly now. If not, read on and check the fix below.

Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

One of the most common causes of game crash issues is an outdated or a faulty graphics driver. To keep your game running smoothly, it’s essential that you have the latest graphics driver at all times.

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: Change the power option

The power plan on your computer is set to Balanced by default to save more energy. In this case, your game might not be able to run smoothly, try changing your power plan to High performance to see if it helps. Here is how:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog.

2) Type powercfg.cpl into the box and press Enter.

3) Select the High performance option.

This can speed up your computer, but it will cause your computer to generate more heat.

Restart your computer, and then relaunch your game to test your issue.

Fix 6: Change the Process Affinity setting

Another cause of this issue is that your game doesn’t use the full potential of your CPU properly. In this case, you need to change the Process Affinity to give your game full power of your CPU and Processors. Here is how:

1) Launch Rust.

2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo keys to minimize Rust and switch to your desktop.

3) On your keyboard, press the Ctrl, Shift and Esc keys at the same time to run Task Manager.

4) Click the Details tab.

5) Right click Rust and select Set Affinity.

6) Check all the boxes available and click OK.

This should fix your problem. Try launching your game again to see if it works well. If your problem persists, don’t fret, try the fix below.

Fix 7: Set the launch option

If Rust crashes again, try launching Rust with another option. Here is how: 

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Rust and select Properties.

4) Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.

5) Remove any launch options currently shown. 

6) Type  -high -maxMem=X -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -cpuCount=X -exThreads=X -force-d3d11-no-singlethreaded and click OK.

7) Restart your game to see this helped.

If this didn’t worked, you’ll need to reopen the launch Options box and clear the launch option. Then, try the fix, below.

Fix 8: Configure your in-game video settings

Improper video setting can also cause your game to crash. Optimizing your in-game video settings can fix common game issues and improve your gaming experience. Here is how to do it:

1) Run Rust and click the Settings button.

2) Click the GRAPHICS tab, and modify the GRAPHICS settings following the screenshot below.

3) Exit your game and Steam after you change the settings. Then, relaunch Steam and Rust.

Hope this fixed your game issue. If not, check the next fix.

Fix 9: 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 Rust 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. Wait for the scans to be complete, then relaunch your game to see if it your problem has been resolved. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 10: Reinstall your game

If verify the game file integrity didn’t help, try reinstalling Rust . Follow the instructions below:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Rust and select Uninstall.

4) Click DELETE.

5) Relaunch Steam to download and reinstall Rust.

Try launching Rust again. If your problem still exists, try the fix below.

Fix 11: 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 Rust 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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