[Fix] Gears of War 4 Crashing on Windows 10

Gears of War 4 is the latest installment in Microsoft’s iconic franchise. Released back in 2016, the game has garnered a huge fan base all over the world. It’s got some cool mech designs, alongside an entertaining campaign, however, the performance is not always as smooth as expected.

There’s been several complaints about Gears of War 4 crashing and freezing on Windows 10. Players experience crashing mid-game, and at times, they even crash on startup. For some folks, the game would simply fail to launch.

Now what’s surprising is that the Xbox One version of the game doesn’t have a lot of these problems, but they are widely prevalent on Windows 10. In this post, we look into different ways to help you fix this crashing issue on your PC.

How to Fix Gears of War 4 Crashing and Freezing Issues

  1. Upgrade to the latest Windows version
  2. Update your graphics card drivers
  3. Set the game to use a dedicated graphics card
  4. Turn off Async after reverting drivers
  5. Disable Game Bar & DVR
  6. Enable Offline Permissions
  7. Reset Microsoft Store cache
  8. Reinstall the game

1. Upgrade to the latest Windows version

Make sure you have the latest version of Windows 10 installed on your PC. Sometimes when Gears of War 4 crashes on startup, it’s because of missing updates. In such a case, here’s what you need to do:

Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Select Update & Security and once there, head over to the right pane. Click the Check for updates button.

Windows will now check online to see if any updates are available, and if they are, it will download them in the background. Wait for the updates to complete and then restart the computer to take effect.

2. Update your graphics card drivers

Another common reason why you may be experiencing problems with Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 is likely due to your drivers. Chances are your drivers are out of date which usually cause the game to freeze unexpectedly.

The solution is simple: visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model. Once done, restart your computer and check if things are running smoothly as they should.

3. Set the game to use a dedicated graphics card

Gears of War 4 is a demanding game, which means you need to run it on a system with a dedicated GPU installed. If you don’t, the game may get stuck on the loading screen. Accordingly, for those using both the dedicated and integrated graphics, it is advised to make sure that the right one is set as a default.

4. Turn off Async after reverting drivers

Exactly as the title says. You may want to revert your drivers, then turn off Async by navigating to Options > Advanced Video > Turn off Async Compute. Try this method and see if that resolves the problem. If not, please proceed to the next solution.

5. Disable Game Bar & DVR

Go to Windows 10 Settings. Select Gaming, then click Game bar in the side menu and toggle “Off ” the option to “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.”

Disable Game Bar in Windows 10

Next, click on Game DVR in the side menu of the same Gaming category and ensure that the “Record in the background while I’m playing a game” option is set to “Off”.

Disable Game DVR in Windows 10

6. Enable Offline Permissions

According to some users, Gears of War 4 fails to launch at times because you don’t have Offline Permissions enabled in the Microsoft Store. To enable this feature:

Click Start and select the Microsoft Store tile. Hit the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and choose Settings. Scroll down to the Offline Permissions feature and set the slider to “On”.

Offline Permissions enabled in Microsoft Store

See if this helps.

7. Reset Microsoft Store cache

Sometimes problems with Microsoft Store can affect the game causing it to behave in an unintended manner. You can fix that problem simply by resetting the Microsoft Windows Store cache.

To do that, press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Enter wsreset.exe in taskbar’s search box and then press Enter. After doing that, run the game again and check if the problem is still there.

8. Reinstall the game

Occasionally, the files that run the game may get corrupted or altered for some reason. In this case, we suggest that you uninstall and then fresh install the game from Microsoft Store.

The process to fix the Gears of War 4 crashing issue can be a bit frustrating because it’s not always as easy to determine the root cause of the problem. However, we hope that one of our solutions will work for you and you’ll be able to run the game smoothly again.

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