Cyberpunk 2077 Crashing at Startup – How To Fix

Last Updated on December 9, 2020

Gamers over at Reddit and CD Projekt Red forums have been reporting crashing related problems, in this article we will find out how to fix this issue.

Cyberpunk 2077 is a title that needs no introduction, everyone in the gaming world knows about this title from CD Projekt Red. The main reason why everyone has high hopes from this game is the game is built by the same studios behind the Witcher 3. The game has been in the works since 2012, there has been numerous delays, the release date has been pushed a bunch of times already. However, the day has come, the game is finally released.

Similar to every AAA title, this game is not free from problems. Initial reviews and impressions have detailed that there are issues in the game, bugs, and weird things that we’ll report as we’ll find out. Problems aren’t exactly new for AAA titles, problems are known to arise since developers can’t test the games on a huge set of machines. The configuration of every PC is so different that the developers cannot actually test everything. That’s why developers take reports and push patches in the following days.


Cyberpunk 2077 Crashing at Startup – How To Fix


How To Fix Cyberpunk 2077 Crash at Startup on PC

Enough about the game, let’s find out how to fix Cyberpunk 2077 Crashing at Startup issue:

Keep in mind that the solutions written below are generic ones which are known to work for problems like these. If In case, the developers publish anything regarding the fixes for these we will make sure to add them here.

Update Device Drivers

Whenever a new game makes it’s arrival, especially when it’s a AAA title, Nvidia is known for pushing their optimized updates for the best performance with their graphic cards. I am not sure about AMD because I’ve never used an AMD card. Below are the links for downloading the latest drivers.

Since this is a AAA title, I am sure Nvidia will be pushing an update with compatibility for this game. Make sure to keep an eye on your device driver updates.

Repair Cyberpunk 2077 Game Files

If you still haven’t been able to successfully fix your game, the last resort would be repairing or reinstalling the game. To repair the game, follow the steps given below:

  • Launch Steam Launcher
  • Go To Library and Select “Cyberpunk 2077”
  • Right Click > Properties > Local Files
  • Click on “Verify Integrity of game files”
  • This will take a while. Steam will verify your game files and download and replace any corrupted ones.

Launch the game and your issue should be fixed.

Disable Full-Screen Optimization & High DPI in Windows 10

Full-screen optimization and DPI settings come pre-configured with Windows 10. These are known for causing trouble with games leading to several issues. To disable:

  • Locate the game installation
  • Find the .exe file of the game
  • Right-click > Properties > Compatibility Tab
  • Tick the “Disable Full-Screen Optimizations” tab
  • Now, click the “Change high DPI settings” button
  • Tick “Override high DPI scaling behaviour” and select “Application” from the drop-down menu
  • Save Settings.

Update Windows

The recent couple updates were weird and broke a lot of games, to fix those issues, Windows has already pushed out hotfixes and you can download them right away. If you are running an older version of Windows, I’d recommend you to download the updated version.

There was also an update that caused windows to use up a lot of RAM for its search bar’s function called Cortana. This also has been fixed, you just have to update.

The tweaks given above should be able to fix your issue, but if for some reason you are still having problems head here and report it to the devs.

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