Windows 10 is a very gamer-friendly operating system, and the fact that it is becoming the leading gaming platform in the world proves that. But sometimes user report After recent windows 10 upgrade system became unstable while playing games, Windows 10 crashes frequently while playing games. The most common cause of this problem is the Outdated, incompatible display driver. Corrupted system files, Disk drive errors Also cause this problem.
Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming
The computer is randomly crashing and There is no clue why it happens. From in the middle of playing a game to just simply starting up the computer has crashed. It will all of a sudden quit responding and there is a low buzzing noise, then eventually it will restart itself then go to a black screen saying to reboot and select proper boot device. After this I am able to power off and restart and it works but still has the same random crashes.
If your Windows computer crashes while playing video games, and you’re wondering what is going on, here are some suggestions on how to stop your computer from crashing or freezing when playing games.
Start with basic first Disable any security software (if installed). Run system optimizer like Ccleaner to clean cache, junk, memory dump etc. And cleanup broke registry problems.
Also make sure your system is updated, has installed the latest windows updates. Or you can manually check and updates from Settings -> update & security -> windows update -> check for updates.
Perform a clean boot to start Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This helps eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program or an update or when you run a program. And Run the game, ( which crashes while playing ) check Working normally. If yes then may any third party application causing the issue. Identify the causing application and uninstall.
Disable programs in the background
Most games tend to take up a lot of memory, so it’s always wise to close background programs before playing. If a game is unable to gain access to the memory it needs, it will either crash or run very slowly.
To disable background running apps open windows settings ( windows + I ), Privacy. Click on Background apps and toggle off the button “Let apps run in background” As show image below.
If you are windows 7 and 8 user Here’s how to disable background apps from starting with the system:
- Right-click on the Taskbar and open Task Manager.
- Select the Startup tab.
- This will display all startup programs list, Simply right click on it and select disable.
Update/Reinstall Display Drivers
Driver!!! the most important part of your System, If its incompatible with the current windows version, Outdated, get Corrupted this will cause system crash. And especially if the Graphic/display driver if it’s outdated, not compatible this will mostly cause system crash while loading heavy graphics applications. We recommend to check and update your graphics driver first before perform any other troubleshooting steps.
To check and update display driver,
- Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc and click ok
- This will open device manager and display all installed driver list,
- Here extend Display adapter, right click on installed display driver and select update driver.
- Next select search automatically for updated driver software and let windows to check and install latest display driver.
Also, you can reinstall the display driver and install the fresh display driver on your system. To do this visit device manufacturer website, download latest available display driver and save it on your local drive.
Now again open Device manager, expand display adapters. Right click on installed graphics driver and select uninstall device. click ok to confirm and restart windows. After that install the latest driver which you previously downloaded from the manufacturer website.
Install Proper Software
Most of today’s games require some additional software to work properly. In most cases, these programs are DirectX and Java. So, make sure you install all required software and then try to play the game again.
If you’re not sure which programs you need to install in order to play your desired game, try to google a little bit, or read the game’s documentation.
Run SFC and CHKDSK
Again sometimes corrupted system files cause system crash, Game fails to start or stuck at startup and restart windows. Same with Disk errors Game stuck while playing, windows restart and fails to start with error like no disk drive, select proper boot device etc.
open command prompt as administrator, type sfc /scannow and hit enter key to run the system file checker which scan and restore if any missing corrupted system files causing issue. Also run command chkdsk C: /f /r to run disk check, Which checks and fix disk drive errors, bad sectors.
Make sure PC doesn’t overheat
The overheating is one of the most common instigators of sudden crashes on PCs. Especially if you’re running something which is power-intensive as modern games certainly are. Your PC is automatically programmed to shut down in case the CPU or GPU temperature hits the critical levels. That way, it protects itself from major hardware failures. Which are quite common after the extended exposure to the heat.
So, what you’ll need to do is to check the cooling system, clean all fans, remove all dust and debris, and move from there. Also, applying thermal paste on the CPU is a must. It’ll reduce the overheating substantially. Moreover, you should also add some additional coolers if there’s a free space to do it. Just make sure that your power supply isn’t overwhelmed
Check Physical Hardware Components
As my personal experience Sometimes system start crashing and performing all software related troubleshooting didn’t fix the problem. Some problems have nothing to do with the software, but instead, the hardware. There are times when you’ll have to take a look and find out if components are installed properly, not causing any issue.
If you are using Desktop computer and has an extra graphics card. Most of the times remove the graphics card, Clean it and insert it again is a very helpful solution to deal this issue. Then do the same with the RAM and the hard drive.
Also, check the Graphics card with different computer, To make sure the card itself not causing the issue.
Depending on the age of your components, it might also be time to upgrade to newer hardware. If your motherboard is of the modern variety, then chances are upgrading your beastly gaming computer shouldn’t cost your kidneys, and then some.