Fortnite Keeps Crashing on PC – Easy Fix

Several players have reported the Fortnite crashing on PC. The issue occurs randomly – at launch or mid-game – causing extreme annoyance for users. Fortunately, the fix is easy so if you’re facing Fortnite crashes in Windows, follow the steps below and you should be able to run the game as flawlessly as is.

Fortnite Crashing PC [Methods to fix]

Here are a few methods that can help you fix the Fortnite crashing issue. You don’t have to try them all; just start with the first solution and work your way down the list to see which one works for you.

  1. Tone Down your Graphics Settings
  2. Avoid CPU Overclocking
  3. Update your GPU Drivers
  4. Change your TdrLevel Registry Key
  5. Reinstall BattlEye Fortnite
  6. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
  7. Reinstall Fortnite

Fix #1 – Tone Down your Graphics Settings

It’s possible that your game settings are set to High that are causing the issue, so try lowering those settings. You can test with lower resolution and effects to see if that fixes Fortnite crashes on PC.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to your Fortnite Settings, then click Video Settings.

2. Check the following graphics settings and adjust them respectively:

  • Display Resolution: set to the same resolution as the resolution of your display in your computer
  • Quality: low or medium
  • View Distance: medium or far
  • Shadows: off
  • Anti-Aliasing: off
  • Textures: low
  • Effects: low
  • Show FPS: On

3. Save your settings and restart your computer to see if your Fortnite runs properly.

Fix #2 – Avoid CPU Overclocking

Higher clock speeds can impact your game stability. If you have overclocked your processor and then your Fortnite crashes, you should set your CPU clock speeds back to the default. If this fixed the issue, then well and good; otherwise move on to the next step.

Fix #3 – Update your GPU Drivers

Often times when a game crashes the main culprit behind this is your graphics card drivers. You may be using a wrong device driver or it’s out of date which causes the game to crash.

The process of updating your driver is simple: go to your graphics card manufacturer’s website, find the latest driver and make sure it’s compatible with your version of the Windows variant. Download and install the driver, and then restart your system for changes to take effect.

Fix #4 – Change your TdrLevel Registry Key

Another reason behind your game crashes is your TDR recovery level setting. TDR stands for Timeout Detection and Recovery. It checks the status of your graphics card and detects situation where your computer isn’t working properly. It then re-initializes your graphics driver and resets your GPU.

In case Fortnite keeps crashing on your PC, you may want to change your TDR setting to see if that helps. But before you do so, you should back up your registry in case things go awry. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run box.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter.
  3. Click File on the menu bar, then select Export.
  4. Select the location where you want to save the backup copy, then type a name in the file name box and click Save.

Now that you have saved a backup copy for your registry, let’s change the TDR setting:

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers.
  2. Right-click any empty space in the right pane, then hover over New and click QWORD (64-bit) Value.
  3. Name the new value “TdrValue”.
  4. Double-click TdrLevel. Make sure its value data is set to 0, then click OK.
  5. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Run Fortnite and see if you’ve fixed the crashing issue.

Fix #5 – Reinstall BattlEye Fortnite

Your BattlEye anti-cheat service may also cause the game to crash at random times. If this is the case, you’ll have to reinstall it to fix the problem.

  1. First, browse to your Fortnite install folder, then \Fortnite\FortniteGame\Binaries\Win64\BattleEye.
  2. Run Uninstall_BattlEye.bat file.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Now run Install_BattlEye.bat from the same folder.

This should fix the problem if it’s been related to BattlEye.

Fix #6 – Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

For some users, disabling this option from the game executable’s properties has fixed Fortnite crashes. This can be done by changing the compatibility mode on FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe. The process is as follows:

  1. Go to your Fortnite install folder, then proceed to \Fortnite\FortniteGame\Binaries\Win64\.
  2. Right-click on FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Disable Fullscreen Optimizations, then click OK.
  4. Right-click on FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping_BE.exe and select Properties.
  5. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Disable Fullscreen Optimizations, then click OK.

Fix #7 – Reinstall Fortnite

If none of the solutions seem to work, you can try to uninstall and then reinstall Fortnite.

  1. Launch Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Uninstall Fortnite (click the gear icon next to ‘Launch’ and select Uninstall).
  3. Restart your PC.
  4. Launch Epic Games Launcher.
  5. Install Fortnite.
  6. Install Fortnite Battle Royale (optional, click the gear icon, click options, tick Battle Royale and confirm).
  7. Launch Fortnite.

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We hope that one of the above solutions will work for you and you’ll be able to play the game smoothly again. But if that doesn’t happen and you still face the crashing issue, then we suggest heading over the Fortnite Support Site for help.

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