How to Troubleshoot Game Crashing to Desktop?

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Feb 23, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Forums are crowded with queries like "my games keep crashing on PC." And what's worse is that people don't know enough about fixing this problem.

No one can contradict the fact that Windows 10 is a very gamer-friendly OS. But now and then, you might encounter some issues like the computer keeps crashing during games. While some users simply delete the game to avoid this problem, gamers would never choose this option. Hence, we need to resolve this issue right away.

In this guide, we have gathered the possible causes of the games crashing to desktop on Windows 10 along with their solution. So, let's try them.

Part 1: What Causes Games to Crash on PC?

Whiles gamers love pushing their limit; we must remember that the system has limits. After all, it is just a machine that is susceptible to damage and errors. When games keep crashing on PC, users often overlook the most obvious reasons. So, here are some causes why the game is crashing, closing abruptly, or freezing.

There are some other reasons why your game might be crashing abruptly. So, we must be aware of the troubleshooting methods that can fix the problem right away.

Part 2: How to Troubleshoot Games Crashing to Desktop?

PC crashing during games isn't usually alarming as the problem could only be related to the game. However, it can still be annoying for game enthusiasts. So, here we are with several troubleshooting methods to resolve the game crashing problem.

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1: Restart Your PC and Try Again:

The first thing that you should try when the computer keeps crashing while playing games is restarting the PC. Whether the problem is caused by high CPU usage, overheating, or just a random error, rebooting the system will fix the problem.

Just press Alt + F4 keys and select the "Restart" option. Let the system restart and try rerunning the game.

2. Make Sure The Game Is Installed Correctly:

Sometimes, the games keep crashing on Windows 10 because it is not installed on the system correctly. It happens when users install the console version of the game on Windows PC. So, you will have to carry out the installation process once again to get rid of this problem. Also, check if there is a pending update for your game, which is mandatory.

3. Make Sure Your PC Meets The Specs:

You must have heard people saying that "some games crash my computer." This happens when the Windows system specifications don't meet the required specifications for the game. If that's the cause of the problem, check the minimum requirements for the game including:

You will find the minimum specifications for the game on its pack, and the Windows specifications can be seen in the Windows Control Panel > System. Review the specs and see what you can do.

4. Update Your Video Drivers:

If the PC keeps crashing during games and eventually stops running at all, then the possible cause is outdated video drivers. Windows 10 has many driver compatibility issues from the start, and these issues are not resolved yet. So, it will be better to keep the video drivers up-to-date.

Step 1: Open Device Manager and select the Display Adapters. Right-click on the driver, and you will see the Update Driver option.

update video driver

Follow the instructions carefully to update the video driver, and the problem will get resolved.

5. Check For Virus:

If it is a new game that you downloaded from the internet and then PC crashes while playing games, it indicates the presence of a virus or malware. Some malware steals the CPU resources leading to crashing problems. For this purpose, we suggest that you perform a scan of the system using Windows Defender or other third-party Anti-virus software.

Here are the steps of using Windows Defender:

Step 1: Open Windows Defender from the taskbar and choose Virus & Threat Protection.

virus and threat protection

Step 2: Select the Advanced Scan option and highlight Windows Defender offline scan. Hit the "Scan Now" button and wait until the process finishes.

If the virus or malware is detected, then you should remove it instantly.

6. Run Your Games In Admin Mode:

Some users mentioned on quora that "my PC games keep crashing," to which other users have suggested running the game in Admin Mode. So, maybe this is the solution you need.

Select the application and right-click on it. There you will see the Run as Administrator. Select the option and launch the game from the Admin account. See if this fixes the crashing problem or not.

7. Update The Windows System:

If any of the ways mentioned above don't seem to work, then Windows Update could be an optimal way to resolve the issue. Hopefully, this will stop the computer crashing while playing games. Just follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open Settings and go to Update & Security settings. There on the left side panel, you will find the Windows Update option.

update and security settings

Step 2: Click on Windows Update and press the "Check for Updates" button. Windows OS will automatically start downloading the update and install it.

games crash check for updates

To implement the changes made by the update, you can either choose "Restart Now" or "Schedule the restart."

restart now after update

As soon as the update is installed, the problem will cease to exist, and the game will start working as usual.

8. Launch Games in Game Mode

If you’re using Windows 10 or 11, you can enable Game Mode to optimize your computer for Gaming. Follow this way to access the Game Mode feature:

  1. Press Win+I to open Windows Settings.
  2. Go to Gaming->Game Mode. Ensure that the Game Mode option is enabled.

launch game in game mode

9. Run System File Checker

If there is any system error on your disks, it can also cause game crashes on the desktop. In this case, you can run CHKDSK to perform a disk check.

  1. Type Command Prompt in the search box next to the Start menu. Then, right-click on it to run it as administrator.
  2. In the Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. When the process is complete, restart your computer and check if the game crashing to desktop issue is solved.

launch game in game mode

Part 3: Recover Lost Game Data from Computer with Recoverit:

It happens a lot that computer crashes during games, and people end up losing important files due to this, such as having to get back a deleted Minecraft world. But now that Recoverit Data Recovery software is here to help, you don't have to worry about application crashing or system crashing on your computer. The software follows a straightforward process to recover lost or deleted files. Whether you lost the files due to application crashing, data corruption, formatting, or virus attack, Recoverit can help you recover data from any device lost due to any reason. So, you know that you still have an option left for data recovery.

The key features of the software include:

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Once you download and install the software on your system, it will be ready for use. Here is the systematic guide that you need to follow if the game application crashes on your system, and you lose data.

Step 1: Run Recoverit:

Launch the program on your system. You will have to highlight the location where the files were stored before being lost.

run recoverit

Select the location from the main interface and hit the "Start" button to initiate the scanning sequence.

recoverit interface

Step 2: Scan the location:

As the software starts the All-Around Scan, you will have to wait patiently. If there is a large number of big-files present in the storage, then the scan will take some time.

operations during scanning

Gradually, scan results will start to appear on the screen. You can "Pause" or "Stop" the scan at any point if you've already found the files you need to get back.

Step 3: Preview & Recover:

Recoverit makes it possible for the users to select as many files as you want and preview them one by one. You can try to find the exact files in the storage using the filters for file type or file path.

preview recovered photos

As soon as you locate the files, select them, preview them, and hit the "Recover" button.

save recovered files

Specify the download location for the files and wait for the recovery process to finish. At last, you will have your lost game files back on the system.


Now, instead of complaining that my computer keeps crashing while playing games, try using the fixes mentioned here. And if you mistakenly delete some files while trying to resolve the problem, Recoverit Data Recovery software is here for the rescue.

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