Destiny 2 Crashing PC Fix: Crash on Startup, PC Crash to desktop

Recently, a lot of players reported Destiny 2 crashing on PC. Their game crashes randomly – on startup or during mid-game – which is frustrating. If this also happens to you, don’t worry. Follow the steps in this guide and you should be able to fix this issue pretty easily.

Destiny 2 PC Crash to Desktop: “Destiny 2 has stopped working” error

One of the most common issues reported is that Destiny 2 PC crashes to Windows desktop pretty reliably after playing somewhere between 10 to 20 minutes. The game will freeze, then soon after that, it will crash automatically to desktop.

Occasionally, you get the message “Destiny 2 has stopped working.” Windows will recommend you to Scan and Repair Destiny 2.

This crashing can happen at seemingly any point or time in the game. Sometimes it happens on startup or at the beginning or end of a cut scene. Other times, it happens after an in-game activity, or it can happen randomly while not doing much of anything.

Destiny 2 Keeps Crashing PC 2019? Try these Fixes

Here are 7 fixes that can help you resolve the Destiny 2 crashing issue. You don’t have to try them all; start from the first one and work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Verify Integrity of Game Files
  2. Raise the priority of your game
  3. Disable Fullscreen Optimization
  4. Disable Game Bar
  5. Close unnecessary programs
  6. Stop Overclocking your CPU
  7. Update your graphics driver

Fix #1 – Verify Integrity of Game Files

Game crashing issues can happen when a certain game file is damaged or missing. Try verifying the integrity of your game files in the Steam app to see if that’s the problem for you. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Steam on your computer, and log into your Steam account.
  2. Click Library.
  3. Right click on Destiny 2, and click Properties.
  4. Click the Local files tab, and click Verify Integrity Of Game Files.

Steam will then check your game files and fix any that might be causing trouble. Restart Steam and launch the game again to see if runs properly.

Fix #2 – Raise the priority of your game

Destiny 2 may crash because its priority isn’t high enough. As a result, the game may not be able to get enough memory from your system for it to run properly. If you run into the game crashing issues on your PC, you should raise the priority of your game.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch Destiny 2.
  2. Open Task Manager by hitting Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard simultaneously.
  3. Click the Details tab.
  4. Right-click on your game (destiny2.exe), hover over Set priority and click Above normal.
Raise the priority of your game

Restore your game, and check to see if it crashes anymore.

Fix #3 – Disable Fullscreen Optimization

The fullscreen Optimizations feature is designed to improve performance of games when they’re running on a borderless full screen. Some players, however, report that the feature causes trouble with games leading to crashing issues. To disable fullscreen optimization:

  1. Open the file location where Destiny 2 installation file is saved on your computer.
  2. Right-click on the .exe file of the game, and select Properties.
  3. Click the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Disable full-screen optimizations. Then click Apply and OK to save your changes.
Disable fullscreen optimization

Restart your computer and run Destiny 2 again to see if that fixes the issue.

Fix #4 – Disable Game Bar

Game bar is a gaming overlay built into Windows 10 that lets you take screenshots, and record and broadcast video games. Sometimes, this feature may be in conflict with Destiny 2 and cause it to crash. You can try disabling Game bar to see if that helps. To do so:

  1. Click the Windows Start button and type “game bar settings” in the search field. Then click Game bar settings as it shows up as a search result.
  2. Click Game bar, and toggle off the switch for Record game clips, screenshots,broadcast using Game bar.
  3. Click Captures, and toggle off the switch for Record in the background while I’m playing a game.
  4. Click Broadcasting, and toggle off the switch for Record audio when I broadcast.
  5. Exit the window.

Run Destiny 2 to see if the crashing issue still happens.

Fix #5 – Close unnecessary programs

Destiny 2 may crash when you’re running multiple programs in the background and your computer doesn’t have enough power or memory to support them all. Some programs may also interfere with your game. These include utility programs provided by your hardware manufacturers that can temporarily overclock your components (MSI Afterburner, for example).

You should close and exit all unnecessary programs, then relaunch the game to see if it runs properly now.

Fix #6 – Stop Overclocking your CPU

Overclocking is another potential cause of this crashing issue. The process means running your CPU and memory at speeds higher than their official speed rate. Even though this increases your PC performance, there are several instances where the CPU reaches over 90% utilization, causing the game to crash. In that case, you should set your CPU clock speeds back to the default to fix this issue.

Fix #7 – Update your graphics driver

If the graphics card drivers in your computer are corrupted or outdated, you may have the game crashing issue. In case this is the problem, try updating your GPU drivers to the latest version.

To get the latest graphics driver, you need to go to your graphics card manufacturer’s website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version and download them. Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

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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 to the Bungie forums for help.

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