Getting Civ 5 Runtime error? Here’s how to fix it

Milan Stanojevic
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  • When it comes to turn-based strategies, Civilization 5 is one of the most popular ones out there.
  • Many users reported Runtime error while trying to start the game, and in this article, we’re going to show you how to fix that.
  • Errors such as this one can affect all sorts of applications, and if you want to learn more, be sure to check our other Runtime error articles.
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Civilization series has been around for years, and one of the most popular entries in the series is Civilization 5. Although it’s a great game, many users reported certain issues, and in today’s article, we’ll show you how to fix Civ 5 Runtime error on your PC.


How can I fix Civ 5 Runtime error?

1. Check your game mods

If you’re running the game with mods, the Runtime error can occur if you tried to load your saved game without the mods.

Since the required mods aren’t enabled, the game won’t be able to load and you’ll encounter this error. To fix it, be sure to enable all mods that you used before and try again.

In addition, try loading the game from the Mod Menu with all the required mods enabled. Many users reported that this worked for them, so be sure to try it.


2. Start Steam in Offline Mode

  1. Start Steam and go to Steam > Settings > Account.
    steam settings civ 5 runtime error
  2. Uncheck Don’t save account credentials on this computer option.
  3. Open the Steam menu and select Go Offline.
  4. Now click on Restart in Offline Mode.
  5. Start Civilization 5.
  6. If it works, close the game, go Online on Steam and start the game again.

This is a neat little workaround, and several users confirmed that it worked for them, so be sure to try it out.


3. Rename the save folder

  1. Locate the Civilization save game folder on your PC.
  2. Create a copy on your Desktop just in case.
  3. Now rename the original save game folder.
  4. Try to start the game again.

Few users reported that this was a potential solution for them, so feel free to try it out.


4. Remove corrupted cloud files

  1. Open Steam and go to Settings > Downloads.
  2. Uncheck Enable Steam Cloud sync.
  3. Now select Steam > Go offline.
    civ 5 runtime error go offline
  4. Go to C:Program Files (x86)Steamuserdata and select your account folder.
  5. Locate 8930 directory and delete everything inside of it.
  6. Start Civilization 5, play a couple of turns, and save the game.
  7. Exit the game, close Steam, and go to the folder 8930.
  8. Delete remotecache.vdf file.
  9. Start Steam, and go online.
  10. Enable Steam Cloud sync.
  11. Start the game.
  12. Message about Cloud Sync Conflict should appear. Select Upload to the Steam Cloud option.

After doing that, the problem should be completely resolved.


5. Check your firewall

Few users reported that Runtime error in Civilization 5 was caused by their firewall. Therefore, be sure to check your firewall and make sure that Steam and Civilization 5 are allowed through it.

Users reported issues with Peerblock, but other firewalls can cause this problem as well.

Runtime error can prevent you from running Civilization 5 on your PC, but we hope that you managed to fix it using our solutions.


FAQ: Learn more about Civilization 5

  • Can you play Civilization 5 offline?

Yes, you can play Civilization 5 while using Offline Mode in Steam. The game doesn’t require an active Internet connection to play it.

  • Can Civ 5 run on a laptop?

Yes, Civilization 5 can run on the laptop as long as your laptop meets the hardware requirements of the game.

  • Can I play Civ 5 without steam?

No, Civilization 5 requires Steam in order to work, and you won’t be able to play it without a Steam account.

  • How do I install Civ 5?

You can install Civilization 5 by downloading it from Steam or by installing it from the retail disc.