- If Fallout: New Vegas is crashing on Windows 10, you have to know you are not the only one experiencing this issue.
- Experiencing random crashes on Windows 10 while trying to play Fallout: New Vegas can cause some frustration to appear.
- Using the compatibility mode in Windows 10 has proven to be a useful solution to this issue.
- Another way to start resolving this problem is to edit some files from the game installation folder.
Quite a few players have posted on Microsoft’s forum requesting support for fixing Fallout: New Vegas crashing or freezing.
My problem is not just that Fallout freezes, but that when it does Windows 10 won’t close the program. So, I end up having to restart my computer. I don’t blame Windows 10 for the freeze, but it ought to be able to kill the program without a restart.
How can I fix Fallout: New Vegas crashing or freezing?
1. Run Fallout in compatibility mode
- Press the Windows key and E at the same time to open File Explorer.
- Open the Fallout: New Vegas folder.
- Right-click the Fallout.EXE game file and select Properties.
- Next, click the Compatibility tab shown directly below.
- Select the Run this program in compatibility mode checkbox.
- Select Windows 7 on the drop-down menu.
- Press the Apply button.
- Click OK to exit the window.
2. Edit the Fallout.ini and Fallout_default.ini files
- First, open File Explorer.
- Then open your FalloutNV folder.
- Right-click the FALLOUT file and select Open with.
- Select to open the file with Notepad.
- Find the bUseThreadedAI=0 setting in the file.
- Change the bUseThreadedAI=0 setting to bUseThreadedAI=1.
- Press Enter after bUseThreadedAI=1 to add a new line.
- Then add iNumHWThreads=2 in the empty line just beneath bUseThreadedAI=1.
- Click File to open a menu.
- Select Save on the menu.
- Next, open this path in File Explorer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout New Vegas
- Right-click Fallout_default.ini and select Open with to open the file in Notepad.
- Modify the Fallout_default.ini file in exactly the same way you edited Fallout_default.ini as outlined in steps five to eight.
- Then save the file.
3. Install the New Vegas Anti Crash (NVAC) mod
Download the mod and extract contents
- Open the download webpage for the New Vegas Anti Crash mod.
- Register and log in on the NexusMods website.
- Click the Manual Download button for NVAC.
- Then select to download the NVAC.ZIP file.
- Open the folder you downloaded the NVAC.ZIP to in File Explorer.
- Double-click the NVAC.ZIP to open it.
- Click the Extract all option on the Compressed Folder Tools tab.
- Click Browse to choose a folder path to extract the ZIP to.
- Select the Show extracted files when complete checkbox.
- Press the Extract button.
Move content to the right folder
- Open the NVSE subfolder.
- Next, select all the content within the nvse_5_1_beta4 folder by pressing the Ctrl + A hotkey.
- Press the Ctrl + C hotkey to copy the files.
- Open your Fallout New Vegas folder at:
Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas
- Click the Paste button on the Home tab.
- Then open the NVAC folder.
- Open the NVSE, New Vegas Anti Crash, and Plugins subfolders as in the shot directly below.
- Right-click the nvac.dll file and select Copy.
- Open your Fallout New Vegas folder again.
- Then open the Data, nvse, and Plugins subfolders.
- Press the Paste button to copy the nvac.dll into the Plugins subfolder.
4. Adjust display settings for Fallout
- Open the Fallout: New Vegas folder.
- Click FalloutNVLauncher.exe to open the Fallout launcher.
- Click Options to open the window in the shot directly below.
- Next, select the Windowed checkbox.
- Click the None radio button for screen effects.
- Select a lower resolution on the Resolution drop-down menu.
5. Reinstall Fallout: New Vegas
- Right-click Windows 10’s Start button and select to launch Run from the menu that opens.
- Type appwiz.cpl in the Open text box and click OK to open the uninstaller window.
- Next, select Fallout: New Vegas within the uninstaller window.
- Click Uninstall on the Programs and Features window.
- Then click Uninstall to confirm.
- Thereafter, you’ll need to open the Steam software.
- Click Library in Steam.
- Select Fallout New Vegas on your Library list.
- Then click the Install button for Fallout: New Vegas to reinstall the game.
Those are some of the resolutions players have fixed Fallout: New Vegas crashing and freezing with.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re guaranteed resolutions for everyone, but those fixes are certainly worth a try.