Fallout 4 doesn’t work in Windows 10

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  • Fallout 4 was an amazing game when it was released on November 10, 2015 but some Windows 10 users reported crashes and other issues.
  • Most problems point at the graphics card driver but in this guide, we will fix all problems.
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How to fix Fallout 4 doesn’t work in Windows 10

Fallout 4 was one of the most anticipated games at its release, and although it’s an amazing game, some Windows 10 users are reporting issues with it, so let’s see if there’s a way to fix these issues.

Users report that Fallout 4 keeps crashing a few seconds after they start a game and this can be extremely frustrating since they cannot play the game they just bought.

But don’t worry, there are a few solutions that might be helpful.

How can I fix Fallout 4 problems in Windows 10?

Fallout 4 is a great game, but many users reported various issues with it. Speaking of issues, these are some of the most common Fallout 4 problems on Windows 10:

  • Fallout 4 Windows 10 won’t start, launch – Fix the problem by using one of our solutions.
  • Fallout 4 has stopped working Windows 10 – It is a common problem with Fallout 4. Try running Fallout 4 in Compatibility mode.
  • Fallout 4 Windows 10 black screen – The problem might be your graphics card. Use a dedicated graphics card to run the game.
  • Fallout 4 Windows 10 crash – Caused by problematic drivers so update your drivers.
  • Fallout 4 Windows 10 not responding – Make sure that other third-party applications aren’t interfering with your game.
  • Fallout 4 x3daudio1_7.dll is missing Windows 10 – You probably don’t have the necessary components installed. Install DirectX and the required C++ Redistributables.

1. Update your display drivers

Before we start, you’ll need to uninstall the display driver because if you try just to update it, you might not get the best results.

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2. Uninstall Raptr software

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According to users, this software can interfere with Fallout 4 and prevent you from running it. However, you can fix the issue simply by removing the problematic application.

There are many ways to do that, but the best way is to use specialized uninstaller software to remove it.

Many applications tend to leave files and registry entries even after you remove them, and sometimes these files can cause problems in the future.

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3. Check your antivirus

Sometimes, antivirus tools can interfere with your applications and cause various problems. If you’re unable to run Fallout 4 on your PC, you might want to check if your antivirus is the problem.

To fix this issue, it’s advised to disable your antivirus completely and try to run the game again. If the issue persists, you might want to uninstall your antivirus and switch to a different antivirus solution.

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4. Download the latest Fallout 4 update

  1. Open Steam and find Fallout 4.
  2. Right-click it and choose Properties.
  3. Find the latest update to download and install.
  4. Run the game and see if the issue is resolved.

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5. Run the game in compatibility mode

  1. Open Steam and find Fallout 4. Right click it and choose Properties.
    Fallout 4 Windows 10 crash
  2. Go to Local Files and click on Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
    Fallout 4 Windows 10 won't start
  3. Go back to Local Files tab and click on Browse Local Files.
  4. Find Fallout4.exe and right-click it. Choose Properties from the list.
    Fallout 4 has stopped working Windows 10
  5.  Go to the Compatibility tab.
  6. Select Run this software in compatibility mode for and select Windows 7 from the list. Also, make sure that you check Run as Administrator checkbox as well. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
    Fallout 4 Windows 10 black screen
  7. Now repeat Step 5 for Fallout4Launcher.exe (it should be located in the same folder as Fallout4.exe).

6. Change the Fallout4Prefs.ini

  1. Open File Explorer and go to Users<username>\Documents\My Games\Fallout 4.
  2. Open the file called Fallout4Prefs.ini with Notepad.
  3. Find the following variables and change them to these values:
    • bMaximizeWindow=0
    • bBorderless=1
    • bFull Screen=0
    • iSize H=1080
    • iSize W=1920
  4. Make sure that iSize H and iSize W match the current screen resolution that you’re using.
  5. Save the changes and start the game.

Note: If you don’t like Notepad, check out this list with the best note-taking apps for Windows 10.


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7. Change your video settings

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by changing the resolution of the game.

To solve this issue, your in-game resolution should match the display resolution in Windows 10. After changing your resolution, check if the problem still persists.

Several users reported that switching to Windowed mode fixed the problem for them, so you might want to try that as well.

Surprisingly, few users reported that disabling the windowed mode fixes the issue for them, so be sure to try both settings.

If Windows 10 won’t let you adjust your screen resolution, follow this comprehensive guide to solve the problem in no time.


8. Repair the C++ Redistributables installation

  1. Navigate to Fallout 4 installation directory. By default, it should be Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout 4.
  2. Navigate to the vcredist2012 directory.
  3. You should find two vcredist.exe files. Run both files and choose Repair from the menu.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

9. Check if your graphics card meets the hardware requirements

Check your graphics card temperatureFallout 4 is a demanding game, but before you can run it, you need to check if your PC meets the hardware requirements.

According to users, they were unable to run Fallout 4 because their graphics card didn’t support DirectX 11.

Fallout 4 requires DirectX 11 support, and if your graphics can’t work with this version, your only option is to upgrade your graphics card.

Before upgrading, be sure to check your graphics card configuration and be sure that it doesn’t support DirectX 11.


10. Change Switchable Graphics Application Settings

According to users, if you can run Fallout 4 on your Windows 10 PC, be sure to change settings.

To do that, open the Catalyst Control Center or the Nvidia Control Panel, and locate Fallout 4 on the list. Now change the Graphics settings to High Performance.

After doing that, save changes and try to start the game again.

Note: If you can’t open the Nvidia Control Panel on Windows 10, take a look at this guide to fix the problem easily.

There’s a similar guide for AMD Catalyst Control Center, so be sure to check it out if you have the same issue.


11. Make sure that you’re using a 64-bit system

According to users, Fallout 4 doesn’t work on 32-bit systems, so if you’re using a 32-bit operating system, you won’t be able to run Fallout 4.

In order to install a 64-bit operating system on your PC, you need to have a 64-bit processor. It’s also worth mentioning that you can’t convert 32-bit into a 64-bit system.

If you’re using a 32-bit operating system, you’ll need to perform a clean install of a 64-bit system instead. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s an excellent guide for that.

For those who own an SSD, we have a complete guide on how to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on it.

Almost all newer computers support 64-bit operating systems, so you won’t have any issues installing and running a 64-bit operating system on your PC.

That’s about it. We hope these solutions helped you to solve the problem and that you’ll be able to normally play your new Fallout game on Windows 10.

If you have any suggestions or questions, just reach for the comment section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.