Counter Strike 2 (CS2): Fix Crashing on PC

Last Updated on September 28, 2023

CS2 Crashing Fix: Users are reporting multiple crashes and issues in CS2 during the initial release. I have written a few tweaks in this article that will help you resolve them.

CS2, the year’s most anticipated release, will be unveiled shortly after the final CS:GO Major wraps up. It upholds the tradition of Counter-Strike, yet boasts an updated engine, a sub-tick system for enhanced registry, and superior graphics, among other features.

Similar to every AAA game, CS2 also suffers from day-1 problems as the game becomes accessible for everyone. As the engine is upgraded, the system requirements will probably increase. A huge number of CSGO players still use lower-end computers, and they will have a hard time with the improved VFX, Smokes, and Molotovs.

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Fix CS2 Crashing on PC

Below are the tweaks that will get rid of the crashing issue in no time:

Quick Community Fixes

Before you move on to the next section, make sure to apply the following tweaks:

  • Remove any launch options from Steam Launch Options.
  • Disable AMD FSR.
  • Run the game in compatibility mode and disable Fullscreen optimizations.
  • Disable Faceit Anticheat
  • Disable Overclocking

Update Device Drivers & Windows

From time to time, I have seen people reporting crashes, and it turns out they haven’t updated their Graphics drivers for a while. You can easily update your graphic drivers by heading to the official websites:

Shut down conflicting applications

This is a community recommendation; users have reported that the following software can lead to crashes:

  • iCUE
  • Razer Synapse
  • Armory Crate

These applications are unimportant to me, so I uninstalled them.

Disable Overclocking

In the game crashing fiasco, overclocking is the culprit most of the time. Some players were able to fix this issue by bringing their GPU and CPU to default frequencies. MSI Afterburner and Zotac Firestorm are two popular tools used to overclock GPUs; both of these are known for creating problems for newer titles.

While it is unclear how many players are affected by the crashes, it is a good reminder that overclocking can be dangerous if not done correctly. It’s also worth noting that even if you don’t experience any crashes.

Tone Down CS2 Game Settings

The game is a demanding title that won’t run well on most PCs; that’s a fact. You can view the complete system requirements on the official Steam Page.

If the tweaks mentioned didn’t work, you should tone down your game settings. I will write about the best settings for the game shortly, which should help you out.

Disable Overlays from Third Party Applications

Third-party applications tinker with the game and can make it unresponsive. If you’re facing problems, disable Discord, and Windows Game Bar, to name a few.


If you use Discord like me, I recommend changing a few things. One such thing is discord overlay; it’s not something you always need. I use a two-monitor setup, so the overlay is useless for me. It is known for causing FPS-related issues.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Discord

  • Open Discord
  • Click on User Settings > Appearance
  • Click on the Hardware Acceleration radio; this will turn it off.

Disable in-game Discord Overlay

  • Open Discord
  • Go to Overlay under App Settings
  • Click on the “Enable in-game overlay” to turn it off.

Windows Game Bar

  • Click Start > Settings > Gaming
  • On the Game Bar, set “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar” to off.
  • Now head to the Captures tab and set the “Record the background while I’m playing a game” to Off.
  • You can also test turning Game Mode on or off, one by one.

Scan & Repair Game Files

The last savior is the Scan & Repair module from our favorite Steam Launcher. This can be used to rule out that the game installation is error-free.

For Steam Users:

  1. Open Steam and click on the Library tab.
  2. Right-click on Star Wars and select Properties.
  3. Click on the Local Files tab > click on the Verify Integrity of Game Files… button.
  4. Steam will start verifying the game files and fix any corrupted ones.

These were a few traditional tweaks for fixing crashing issues in almost every game. The most notable was “disabling overclocking,” which immediately fixed my problem.

If this article helped you out, please comment below.

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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I've had a longstanding passion for computing and gaming for over a decade now. With a computer science degree under my belt sparking my initial interest in the industry from a young age, you'll often find me immersed for hours in the latest PC titles, especially enjoying multiplayer online games, while also enjoying sharing my insights and reviews. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN and Forbes to name a few. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats. You can read more about me here. My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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