Solved: PC Crashes After Closing Game

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Many users reported random PC crashes after closing games. Sometimes, it occurs within minutes of closing the game; other times, it takes an hour or so. This issue could occur due to an incompatible video driver, corrupted system file, outdated Windows, or a third-party antivirus.

To fix it, first, check your PC cabinet for dust and debris, replace the CMOS battery, ensure all the connections are in place, and then restart your computer and check for a Windows update.

How can I fix the PC crashes after closing game issue?

1. Turn off game mode

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. From the left pane, click GamingPC game - PC crashes after closing game
  3. Click Game Mode.Turn off Game Mode
  4. On the next page, toggle off the switch next to Game Mode.

2. Disable Background Programs

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Apps, then click Installed apps.Apps, installed apps - PC crashes after closing game
  3. Click the app from the list of apps, then look for the Background apps permissions option. For the Let this app run in background option, select Never.Background apps permissions
  4. Do the same for all the resource-hungry apps.

3. Turn off fast startup

  1. Press the Windows key, type control panel, and select Control Panel to launch it.Control Panel start menu - PC crashes after closing game
  2. Select View by as Category, then click Hardware and Sound.Hardware and Sound
  3. Under Power Options, then select Choose what the power buttons do.Choose what the power buttons do - - PC crashes after closing game
  4. Locate the Shutdown settings and remove the checkmark next to Turn on fast startup. Disable Fast Startup
  5. If the option is greyed out for you, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.Change settings that are currently unavailable -  PC crashes after closing game
  6. Now remove the checkmark and click Save changes.

3. Reinstall the graphics driver

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.Device Manager Run command
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open the Device Manager app.
  3. Locate Display adapters and click it to expand the category.
  4. Next, right-click the graphics driver and select Uninstall device from the context menu.Uninstall game -PC crashes after closing game
  5. Now, restart your computer to reinstall the driver.

However, if you want to install the driver from the manufacturer, you need to head to their official website, whether NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel, to download the driver and install it like any other software on your computer.

If this doesn’t help, you need to roll back the driver to the previous working version; follow these steps to do that.

  1. First, open Device Manager using the steps above.
  2. Now locate Display adapters, then click it to expand the category.
  3. Right-click the graphics driver and select Properties from the context menu.
  4. Go to the Driver tab, then select Roll Back Driver.Roll back driver - PC crashes after closing game
  5. Select a reason on the Driver Package rollback page and click Yes to continue.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions, if any, and save your work before proceeding, as your PC may shut down when you apply changes.

4. Run the SFC scan

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.cmd - PC crashes after closing game
  2. Type cmd and press Shift + Enter to open Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  3. Type the following command and hit Enter to initiate the SFC scan to repair or download the missing files: sfc/scannowSFCSCANNOW CMD
  4. The process may take some time, and you may have to restart the computer to let the changes take effect.

5. Perform a clean boot

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.cleanboot1
  2. Type msconfig and click OK to open the System Configuration window.
  3. On the System Configuration page, go to the Services tab, place a checkmark next to Hide all Microsoft services, and click the Disable all button.  This will ensure only non-Microsoft services are disabled.Clean boot Disable all
  4. Switch to the Startup tab and click the Open Task Manager link.Open task Manager Clean boot
  5. On the Task Manager window, for each Enabled item, select them and click Disable, then close Task Manager.Disable Third party startup apps
  6. On the System Configuration window, click Apply, then OK.CLEAN BOOT 5
  7. Click Restart to reboot your PC.Restart clean boot - PC crashes after closing game

    6. Run a memory diagnostic tool

    1. Press Windows, type Windows memory diagnostic, and click the first result.Memory diagnostic tool  - PC crashes after closing game
    2. Select Restart now and check for problems.memory-diag-tool 3
    3. Wait for the process to finish. When it is done, your PC will reboot automatically.
    4. The scan will now start, so wait for it to finish.

    During the scan, you can press F1 and configure the type of scan you wish to run. You can switch between sections with the Tab key and use F10 to apply changes. The recommended settings are Standard or Extended scan with at least 5 passes.

    Once the scan is complete, your computer will restart, and you will get the scan results on the screen.

    7. Run a malware scan

    1. Press the Windows key, type windows security, and click Open for the first result.Windows Security open Windows key - - PC crashes after closing game
    2. Select Virus & threat protection.
    3. Click the Scan options link.V& T Scan options PC crashes after closing game
    4. Choose Full scan and click Scan now.Full scan -

    The process will take some time to finish, and if it flags any file, make sure you delete it from your computer.

    You can also try uninstalling game optimizers like Razer Cortex, as sometimes they may not work well with your processor, and ensure your BIOS is up to date. If the issue happens only with a specific game, you can reinstall it and check if it persists.

    In case nothing works, you need to perform a clean install of Windows to fix the problem once and for all.

    Were you able to solve the PC crashes after closing game issue with these fixes? If not, mention your problem in the comments below, and we will try to help you.

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