Lately, many players reported Star Wars Squadrons crashing on PC when they were flying the starfighers or completing a mission. If you also run into this crashing issue, don’t worry. In this post, we’ll walk you through 6 tried-and-true fixes to help you get back to the virtual spaces quickly.
How to fix Star Wars Squadrons crashing:
You don’t need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that solves your problem.
- Run Star Wars Squadrons as an administrator
- Verify the integrity of your game files
- Update your graphics driver
- Turn off overlays
- Adjust the graphics settings
- Reinstall the game
Fix 1 – Run Star Wars Squadrons as an administrator
In some cases, Star Wars Squadrons requires elevated permissions to work as intended, or else it crashes randomly. To run the game in the administrator mode, simply follow the steps below:
1) Right-click the Star Wars Squadrons icon on your desktop and click Properties.
2) Select the Compatibility tab. Then, tick Run this program as an administrator and click OK.
Check if the game runs normally now. If not, move on to the second fix.
Fix 2 – Verify the integrity of your game files
Star Wars Squadrons crashing may be caused by missing or corrupted game files. So, it’s wise for you to do an integrity check at the very start. We’ll show you how to do this both on Steam and Origin.
If you’re playing on Steam
1) Launch the Steam client, and navigate to the Library tab.
2) Right-click Star Wars Squadrons from the game list and click Properties.
3) Select the Local Files tab, and click Verify Integrity of Game Files.
Wait for the repair process to finish. Then launch the game to see how it works. If crashing persists, try Fix 3 to update your GPU driver.
If you’re playing on Origin
1) Launch Origin and select My Game Library.
2) Select Star Wars Squadrons from the list. Then, click the settings icon and click Repair.
Relaunch the game after repair finishes. If crashing remains, try the next fix below.
Fix 3 – Update your graphics driver
Game crashes are usually related to the driver issue, which means your graphics driver is wrong, faulty or outdated. To keep Star Wars Squadrons running smoothly and boost the game’s performance, you should install the latest correct graphics driver.
There are two ways you can update the graphics driver:
Option 1 – Manually – You can search for the most recent graphics driver on your GPU manufacturer’s websites such as AMD or NVIDIA. Then download the driver corresponding with your Windows version, and install it manually.
Option 2 – Automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your exact GPU, 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 flagged 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.)
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve got all the device drivers updated but the crashes don’t stop, don’t frustrate and there are more working methods to try below.
Fix 4 – Turn off overlays
1) Launch Steam and go to the Library tab.
2) Right-click Star Wars Squadrons and click Properties.
3) Untick Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
1) Launch the Origin game launcher.
2) Select My Game Library on the left pane and click the Star Wars Squadrons tile.
3) Click the settings icon and click Game Properties.
4) Untick Enable Origin In Game for STAR WARS: Squadrons and click Save.
On GeForce Experience
1) Run GeForce Experience.
2) Click the cogwheel icon in the upper right corner.
3) Toggle off In-Game Overlay.
Restart the game to see whether crashing is fixed or not. If not, head towards the next method.
Fix 5 – Adjust the graphics settings
Improper settings of Star Wars Squadrons can trigger unexpected crashing, especially if the setup is too demanding for your machine. By adjusting the settings appropriately, you can reduce the number of crashes and the game will still look beautiful. Here’s how:
1) Launch the game, and press the Esc key on your keyboard to enter the Options menu.
2) Click Video.
3) Click the Change button next to Screen Settings.
4) Set Fullscreen Mode to Windowed or Borderless.
5) Scroll down to Volumetric Quality, and set it to Medium or Low.
You can also set other options under Advanced Settings to Low or Medium depending on your needs. After the changes are applied, run the game to check if crashes go away. If not, take a look at the last fix.
Fix 6 – Reinstall the game
Reinstalling always sounds troublesome, but it’s a solid fix for stubborn gaming problems. This will bring you a fresh copy of Star Wars Squadrons, but please make sure to delete all the related game files after you uninstall the game.
The 6 simple tricks above should get you out of the constant crashes. Hopefully you can play the game now. If you have further questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.