Fix Saints Row Crashing at Startup or won’t launch

Fix Saints Row Crashing at Startup or won’t launch – Deep Silver Volition developed the original Saints Row Game. The city of Santo Ileso is a fictional place. The city has a lot of criminal activity and you will be part of a group of friends who start with a criminal venture and take control of the city. The Saints will commit all the crimes in the city if this story is true.

People who are playing the game on the PC are complaining that the game crashes at startup or won’t launch at all, as usual. Either you are not meeting the minimum system requirements or you have an issue with the software. The article will show you how to fix saints row crashing at startup.

How to fix Saints Row Crashing at Startup or wont launch

How to fix Saints Row Crashing at Startup or won’t launch

Before we get started with the actual tweaks and changes to fix this issue, make sure you are meeting the minimum system specs for Saints Row:

Minimum System Requirements

  • CPU – Intel Core i3-3240 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • GPU – At least Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon RX480
  • RAM – At least 8 GB
  • Storage – 50GB
  • DirectX – DirectX 11
  • Operating System – Windows 10 64bit

Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU – Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • GPU – Geforce GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX5700
  • RAM – 12GB
  • Storage – 50GB
  • DirectX – v12
  • Operating System – Windows 10 64bit/Windows 11

If you meet the minimum system requirements, you can play the game by lowering the game settings. We are trying to help you if the game isn’t launching even if the system matches between a minimum and recommended level. The recommended steps to fix Saints Row Crashing are listed below.

Check Your Operating System

Make sure that you have the latest Windows 11 or at least the Windows 10 64 operating system installed. We are running Windows 10 v211H2 Build Version 19044.1706 on our Gaming PC and Windows 11 v21H2 Build 22000.708 on our Laptop.

Classic GPU Settings (For Nvidia Laptop)

If you are facing trouble while playing on a laptop that has Nvidia GPU, then set your GPU as the preferred processor for this Game. Please follow the below steps on how to do it.

  • Go to Nvidia Control Panel
  • After opening it, head over to Manage 3D settings. You will find this option on the left side
  • Then Click on the Program Settings Tab
  • Now you will get a full list of programs that are installed on your PC that can be optimized through the Nvidia Control panel
  • Find the Application Name Saints Row. If you can’t find it then drag your mouse to Add button. Now select the game Saints Row and select it to add it to the list
  • After selecting, go to the “Preferred Graphics Processor for this Program” and select your GPU
  • Now set the priority level at High

GPU Driver and Operating System Update

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Where you have an Nvidia, AMD, or even the latest Intel series GPU, check the respective websites for the latest driver updates. Sometimes reinstalling the latest drivers fixes a lot of startup issues. Update the GPU drivers from their respective GPU Clients like Geforce Experience or AMD Adrenalin. Or you can manually download the Nvidia Drivers or AMD Drivers from their respective websites.

For Nvidia, there is an official Game-ready Driver v516.94 tailored specifically for Saints Row. You can also download the latest AMD Driver v22.8.1 for Saints Row.

For Operating System Updates, Go to your Settings and find the Windows Update tab and click on Check for updates. If you are having trouble then restart your PC or modem.

Windows Application Overlay

Sometimes even though your system is fully capable of running Saints Row, many games are still not compatible with Game overlays. So, disable all your game overlays in Steam, Discord, Nvidia Geforce Experience, and Xbox Game bar.

Verifying the Files of the Game

When you are installing the game, sometimes it could happen that your system missed a particular file during the installation or download progress. So go to the steam and verify the integrity of the game files, and then the missing file or any kind of error will be fixed.

Since this game has been launched on Epic Games, go to the library and select the game you want to verify the files for. Then click on the three dots beside the game name and the Manage option. A window will open, select the first option, Verify files, and hit Verify.

3rd Party Hardware

Sometimes 3rd party applications or hardware makes your PC Game unstable. Uninstall or plug out all of them. After that restart the system and try to run Saints Row PC.

3rd Party Applications

The application that is running in the background can also cause the game startup or won’t launch issues. For me, the game was not launching because of the Cooler master Master Portal running in the background. I had to quit the application from the Windows Task Manager and disable the Cooler aster Master Portal Application by going to Task manager and under the Startup Tab, you will be able to disable the app.

Microsoft Visual Studio

Sometimes you might face error messages like “vcruntime140_1.dll missing” or “MSVCP140.dll was not found”. Installing the latest version of Visual Studio software from the Microsoft store. This will fix the DLL file error popups.

Anti Virus Interference

Oftentimes Anti Virus creates problems and restricts the game files even if it has no hacking or data theft issue. If your PC has anti-virus software installed, then either remove it or pause it and try to run the game. Also, turn off the Window’s defender.

Directory Launch

Gamers always launch the game from the Main Game Client Software. Instead of launching Saints Row PC from Steam, go to the game’s directory folder and try to run the game as an administrator. This might help to solve the crashing problem.

Developer Team Support

If you are still facing issues after doing all of these, then you can contact Epic support for more guidance.


Hopefully, the above fixes should help you get around the issue of Saints not being able to launch for PC on Windows. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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