A new Windows 10, 8.1 problem has arrived — a good number of Battlefield 4 players have been reporting that the game crashes or hangs under Windows 10, 8.1, when playing in single player or when joining a server. Problems with the Battlefield plugin have also been reported.
Gamers seem to be among the most affected by Windows 8.1 woes, as we’ve reported in the past problems with MMORPG games like Dragon’s Prophet or GuildWars 2. Now, similar issues seem to be affected users of Battlefield 4, according to multiple forum postings. One of the users says the following:
I have Battlefield 4 on Windows 8.1 but every time I try to join a server it just stays at joining server at the bottom with the battlelog plugin. Battlefield 4 never opens up. This is on Firefox. I am not using Internet Explorer. Battlefield 4 Beta worked fine in Windows 8.1
Another user is reporting a different issue on the Nvidia support forums:
I tried playing Battlefield 4 on Windows 7 64bit because that’s what I had at the time the game came out, but even with my GTX 680 SLI (2x) setup, the game would lag at times when it shouldn’t, and I would experience crashes and huge FPS drops out of nowhere. So, I decided I would try Windows 8.1, which is what everyone was saying would fix all the issues that people playing on Windows 7 were having. And man oh man, Windows 8.1 fixed the issues with BF4 and then some! Not only did it stop the lagging and crashing, but it nearly DOUBLED my average FPS! I went from playing at 1080p Ultra – 60fps, to playing at 1080p Ultra – 100fps! So I can say without a doubt, that Windows 7 IS the problem with Battlefield 4, NOT the drivers.
How to fix Battlefield 4 crashes
1. Reinstall Punkbuster
What users who are experiencing this issue are advise to do is to delete the Battlefield 4 beta? and reinstall Punkbuster. For some users who had issues only with the Battlelog plugin, switching browser could also do the trick. If your problems are different, then maybe you could try to increase the FPS in Windows 8, as suggested in our guide.
2. Update your graphics drivers
For those Battlefield users that are experiencing flickering issues with smoke and some texture, they are advised to install the latest AMD Catalyst beta driver which is said to fix Battlefield 4 crashing issues in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1. If you have problems with the Battlefield 4 Windows 10, 8.1 battlelog plugin instal, follow this thread for working fixes.
Updating drivers manually can sometimes take too long, so we recommend you to download this driver updater tool (100% safe and tested by us) to do it automatically. In this manner, you will prevent file loss and many other potential problems. The Tweakbit Driver Updater is approved by Microsoft.
3. Turn off SLI / Crossfire
If the crashes continue, you can also try to temporarily disable SLI or Crossfire. This action may trigger performance drops, but it should make your game more stable and eliminate crashes.
Disable SLI on NVIDIA:
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel > select 3D Settings > SLI Configuration
- Select the option ‘Do Not Use SLI Technology’
- Hit Apply to save changes.
Disable Crossfire on AMD:
- Open Catalyst Control Center > go to Graphics > Crossfire
- Uncheck Enable Crossfire > hit OK to save the changes.
These are only a few suggestions to fix Battlefield 4 crashes. We also published a complete guide on how to fix Battlefield 4 crashes in Windows 10. The guide features 16 solutions that you can use to fix this problem. Do check it out and tell us which solution worked for you.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2013 and was revamped and updated in January 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.