Fortnite Keeps Crashing PC – Here’s The Fix [2022 Update]

Fortnite is a free online multiplayer battle royale game developed by Epic Games. The game has seen massive popularity ever since its release and is still actively played on various platforms. While Fortnite enjoys a massive and steady player base, it has been subject to many errors and issues in the past and they continue to be a problem for the players even today.

Most notably, broken patches, server issues, and a bunch of computer problems have kept the game crashing more times than a rusty airplane. It gets even worse when we focus specifically on the PC port of the game. The game keeps crashing at launch, midgame, or even randomly at times. This is certainly not how one would enjoy their favorite game at all.

Why does my Fortnite keep crashing?

Fortnite is a massively played online multiplayer game. You can expect the game to receive constant updates and fixes from time to time. And, at the same time, a few (or a lot) of problems along with them as well. That’s why it’s extremely difficult to pinpoint why Fortnite keeps crashing on PC. It could be a problem either at Epic’s end (server issues, broken patches), issues with your PC, or Fortnite itself.

There could be multiple causes behind the Fortnite crashing on your Windows 10/11 computer. These include but are not limited to faulty or corrupt drivers, high game settings, overclocking, temperature, corrupted game files, etc.

To find out what it is exactly, try playing any other graphics-intensive game for an hour or so and see if that particular game crashes. If it does, the problem lies with your PC or its settings. Otherwise, the game (Fortnite) itself is causing the crash.

How to Fix Fortnite Crashing on PC

Here are a few methods that can help you stop Fortnite from crashing. 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. Run Fortnite as an Administrator
  2. Verify your game files
  3. Tone Down your Graphics Settings
  4. Avoid CPU Overclocking
  5. Update your GPU Drivers
  6. Change your TdrLevel Registry Key
  7. Reinstall BattlEye Fortnite
  8. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
  9. Repair Visual C++ Redistributables
  10. Reinstall Fortnite

Fix #1 – Run Fortnite as an Administrator

The first course of action is to run Fortnite as administrator. Running the game as an administrator will let it have all the rights and access to function properly.

Step 1: Right-click Fortnite and select the Run as administrator option. Click Yes on the User Account Control window prompt if it appears.

Step 2: Launch and play Fortnite for an hour or so and see if the game crashes.

If it doesn’t crash anymore after running as an administrator, you can use the ‘Permanent’ fix below for more convenience.


Step 1: Navigate to the directory where the Fortnite folder is located. Right-click the Fortnite folder and click on Properties.

Step 2: In the Properties window, go to the Security tab and click on the Edit button.

Step 3: In the Group or user names section, click on your account and see if Full Control is allowed for your account in the bottom window. Allow your account to have Full Control if it doesn’t already and save the changes.

Allow your account full control when running Fortnite

Step 4: Go back to the Security tab and click on the Advanced option at the bottom.

Step 5: In the Advanced Security Settings window, change the Owner to your account. Apply and save the changes.

Run Fortnite as admin to fix crashing on PC

Step 6: Launch Fortnite.

If the game is still crashing after having administrator privileges, move on to the next solution.

Fix #2 – Verify your game files

Missing or corrupted game files can cause Fortnite to crash. You can check this by verifying the integrity of your game files. If they are indeed missing or corrupted, the Epic Games Launcher will re-download them to fix the problem. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Epic Games Launcher.

Step 2: Go to Library.

Step 3: Click the three horizontal dots next to Fortnite and select Verify.

Verify Fortnite files to fix crashing

Launch Fortnite and check if the crashing issue has been resolved.

Fix #3 – 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:

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

Step 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

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

Fix #4 – 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 proceed to the next solution.

Fix #5 – Update your GPU Driver

Often times when a game crashes the main culprit behind this is your graphics card driver. 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 #6 – Turn off Timeout Detection

Another reason behind the Fortnite crashing issue is your TDR setting. TDR stands for Timeout Detection and Recovery. Timeout detection would cause the game to crash if the graphics card took too much time to launch the game. Turning it off will let the graphics card take as much time as it wants.

It is recommended that you ‘back up your registry’ before applying this fix in case if something goes wrong. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press the Windows+R to bring up the Run box.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  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 turn off the GPU’s timeout detection.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor and follow this path:


Step 2: In the GraphicsDrivers section, locate the TdrLevel value. If it isn’t there, right-click on any empty space in the right pane, then hover over New and click QWORD (64-bit) Value.

Step 3: Rename the new value as “TdrLevel”.

Turning off Timeout Detection to fix Fortnite crashing issue

Step 4: Double-click TdrLevel and assign it a ‘0’ value in the Value data field. Click OK to save changes.

Step 5: Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

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

Fix #7 – 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 the service to fix the problem.

Step 1: Browse to your Fortnite install folder and proceed to:


Step 2: Run Uninstall_BattlEye.bat file.

Step 3: Restart your computer.

Step 4: Now run Install_BattlEye.bat from the same folder.

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

Fix #8 – 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:

Step 1: Go to your Fortnite install folder and proceed to:


Step 2: Right-click on FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe and select Properties.

Step 3: Go to the Compatibility tab and check Disable Fullscreen Optimizations, then click Apply > OK.

Step 4: Similarly, right-click on FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping_BE.exe and select Properties.

Step 5: Go to the Compatibility tab and check Disable Fullscreen Optimizations, then click Apply > OK.

Disable fullscreen optimizations to fix Fortnite crashing

Fix #9 – Repair Visual C++ Redistributables

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is a runtime library that is required by Fortnite to run properly. If these libraries get corrupted, the game will likely crash. You can repair the Visual C++ Redistributables in Windows 10/11 to fix the issue. Here’s how:

Windows 10

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings and click Apps.

Step 2: Select Apps & Features from the left pane, assuming it’s not already selected.

Step 3: Scroll down and select Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages.

Step 4: Click Modify, then click Yes in the UAC prompt.

Step 5: Click Repair and follow the on-screen instructions.

Windows 11

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings and click Apps.

Step 2: Select Installed apps from the left pane, assuming it’s not already selected.

Step 3: Scroll down and locate Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages.

Step 4: Click on the three vertical dots next to them and click Modify. Click Yes in the UAC prompt.

Step 5: Click Repair and follow the on-screen instructions.

Repair Visual C++ Redistributables

Once the repair completes, restart your computer and launch Fortnite again to test the issue.

Fix #10 – Reinstall Fortnite

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

Step 1: Launch Epic Games Launcher.

Step 2: Uninstall Fortnite (click the gear icon next to ‘Launch’ and select Uninstall).

Step 3: Restart your PC.

Step 4: Launch Epic Games Launcher.

Step 5: Install Fortnite.

Step 6: Install Fortnite Battle Royale (optional, click the gear icon, click options, tick Battle Royale and confirm).

Step 7: Launch Fortnite.


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.

Austin Butler

Austin is a PC gaming geek with three years of content writing experience. He is an expert in troubleshooting game errors and can help optimize your system for maximum performance, fine-tuning your gaming experience to perfection. When he's not busy fixing errors, you can find him playing Counter Strike or Dota 2.

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