How to Fix Deadrop Game Crashing on PC?

Deadrop crashes can occur randomly while you’re playing the game. You may encounter these crashes as soon as the game opens, or in some cases, a few minutes into gameplay. In most instances, such issues are typically caused by a third-party application on your computer that interferes with the game files.


In this article, we will go through the different causes of the problem in question, while also mentioning a number of methods that you can implement to resolve the issue. 

What causes Deadrop to crash? 

There are several factors that can cause games to crash on your computer, which range from third-party programs to insufficient permissions and overclocked components. Let us start by going through the complete list of possible causes for the issue in question.

  • Third-Party Interference: Third-party programs, known for providing extra functionality such as in-game overlays, often interfere with the game files on your computer. This could indefinitely cause the game to crash.
  • Insufficient Permissions: Another potential cause of the problem can be insufficient permissions for the game process in your Windows environment. This results in the process being unable to survive in the environment and ends up crashing. 
  • Outdated Graphics Drivers: The graphics drivers on your computer can cause Deadrop to crash as well. This happens when the graphics drivers are outdated, preventing the graphics card from properly rendering the graphics. 
  • Obsolete Windows Version: The version of Windows on your system may also prompt the game to crash. If you are using an outdated or unsupported Windows build for Deadrop, it’s probable that the game will crash.
  • Overclocked Hardware: If you have overclocked the hardware on your PC, that can also serve as a reason for the game crashes. This happens when the game is not properly optimized, which causes it to be unstable with overclocked components. 
  • Missing/Corrupted Game Files: Finally, the game files can cause the game to crash constantly as well. This happens when the game files are corrupted or you are missing certain files in your installation directory. 

How to stop Deadrop from crashing?

Now that we have gone through a list of the different causes of the issue in question, we can go through the various solutions available that can circumvent the issue. 

These solutions address the different causes of the issue one by one, which include preventing third-party apps from meddling with the game updating the graphics drivers on your computer, and more. 

  1. Disable Third-Party Overlays: The first thing that you should do when encountering Deadrop crashes is to turn off the in-game overlays of the third-party programs on your system. Most commonly, Discord and NVIDIA GeForce Experience enforce their in-game overlays on all of the games on your computer which can cause some of them to crash. In such an instance, you will have to disable the third-party overlays so that the programs do not interfere with the game files.
  2. Run Deadrop as Administrator: If the game process does not have sufficient permissions to run in your Windows environment, that can cause the game to crash. In such a possibility, you need to run the game with administrative privileges to ensure it has the required permissions for running properly.
  3. Update Windows: The Windows version that you are using can also result in the game crashing. This happens when the Windows build is old and not supported by the game itself. In such a situation, you will have to install any pending Windows updates to make sure your computer is running the latest build available.
  4. Reinstall Graphics Drivers: The graphics drivers on your system play an important role in running games. If the graphics drivers are outdated or damaged, the game will frequently crash on your system. In such a case, you will need to reinstall the graphics drivers completely to resolve the issue. 
  5. Remove Overclock: The overclocked on your components can offer better performance in various games, however, it also leads to crashes on games that are not properly optimized for it. As such, you will have to remove any overclocks applied to your hardware to resolve the crashes with Deadrop.
  6. Perform a Clean Boot: Deadrop can crash if there is a third-party program on your computer interfering with it. This can include the security program on your PC or any other program that offers further functionality, such as software for your peripherals. In such an occurrence, you will have to perform a clean boot which starts your computer with only the required services in the background to resolve the issue. If the problem goes away in a clean boot, you will have to find the culprit by enabling the services one by one. 
  7. Reinstall Game: Finally, if none of the above methods helps resolve the issue for you, the problem is likely caused by the game files on your computer. This can happen when you are missing specific game files or there is corruption in the game files on your computer. In such an instance, you will have to reinstall the game by downloading it from the official servers. 

1. Disable Third-Party Overlays

1.1 Discord

  1. Click on the Settings icon next to the nickname.
    Navigating to Discord Settings
    Navigating to Discord Settings
  2. On the Settings menu, select the Game Overlay tab on the left menu.
    Navigating to Game Overlay tab
    Navigating to the Game Overlay tab
  3. There, use the Enable in-game overlay slider to turn Discord overlay off.
    Disabling In-Game Overlay
    Disabling Discord Overlay

1.2 GeForce Experience

  1. Open GeForce Experience on your computer. 
  2. Click on the Settings icon in the top-right corner.
    Navigating to GeForce Experience Settings
    Navigating to GeForce Experience Settings
  3. Use the In-game Overlay slider on the General tab to turn off the overlay.
    Disabling In-Game Overlay
    Disabling In-Game Overlay

2. Run Deadrop as Administrator

  1. First, open the File Explorer window on your computer.
    Opening File Explorer
    Opening File Explorer
  2. Navigate to the installation directory of Deadrop.
  3. There, right-click on the moon.exe file and choose Properties.
    Opening Properties Window
    Opening Properties Window
  4. Switch to the Compatibility tab on the Properties window.
  5. There, tick the Run this program as administrator checkbox.
    Running Game as Administrator
    Running Game as Administrator
  6. Click Apply and hit OK.
  7. Finally, run the game. 

3. Update Windows

  1. First, hit the Windows key + I buttons on your keyboard to open the Settings app.
  2. There, switch to the Windows Update section.
    Navigating to Windows Update
    Navigating to Windows Update
  3. Click on the Check for updates option to download any updates available and install them.
    Checking for Windows Updates
    Checking for Windows Updates

4. Reinstall Graphics Drivers

  1. First, download the Display Driver Uninstaller tool from the official website here.
  2. Extract the downloaded file to any location and open the Display Driver Uninstaller.exe file.
  3. Once DDU opens, you will be shown the General Options window. Click Continue.
    DDU General Options
    DDU General Options
  4. After that, select your graphics card from the Select device type menu.
    Selecting GPU as Device Type
    Selecting GPU as Device Type
  5. Then, select your graphics card manufacturer from the Select device drop-down menu.
    Selecting GPU Manufacturer
    Selecting GPU Manufacturer
  6. Finally, click the Clean and restart option to uninstall your graphics drivers.
    Uninstalling Graphics Drivers
    Uninstalling Graphics Drivers
  7. After your PC boots up, open your graphics card manufacturer’s website.
  8. Finally, download the latest display drivers for your video card and install them on your system. 

5. Remove Overclock

Improving the performance of your games by overclocking your components can be achieved by bypassing the default limits imposed on your processor or GPU memory clocks. However, overclocking carries its own set of side effects that may render the components unstable if not done properly. As a result, certain games may crash on your computer.

This situation arises when the games are not adequately optimized to handle the increased memory clocks, leading to instability. To mitigate such crashes, you will have to revert the overclock settings applied to your PC, thus ensuring stability during gameplay.

6. Perform a Clean Boot

  1. First, press the Win key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. In the Run box, enter msconfig and press Enter on your keyboard.
    Opening System Configuration
    Opening System Configuration
  3. This will open System Configuration.
  4. Then, navigate to the Services tab.
  5. There, tick the Hide all Microsoft services option.
    Hiding Microsoft Services
    Hiding All Microsoft Services
  6. After that, hit Disable all and hit Apply.
    Disabling Third-Party Services on Startup
    Disabling Startup Third-Party Services
  7. Then, navigate to the Startup tab and select the Open Task Manager.
    Hiding Microsoft Services
    Hiding Microsoft Services
  8. In the Task Manager window, select the apps one by one and click Disable.
    Disabling Third-Party Apps on Startup
    Disabling Startup Third-Party Apps
  9. Once you do that, restart your PC. 

7. Reinstall Deadrop

  1. First, open the File Explorer window.
    Opening File Explorer
    Opening File Explorer
  2. Navigate to the installation directory of Deadrop and delete the folder.
  3. After that, download the game from the official website. 
  4. Then, extract the downloaded file to any desired location.
  5. Open the moon.exe file to run the game. 

That is it, one of these solutions should resolve the problem in your case. It is important to keep track of the third-party programs on your computer running in the background to prevent these crashes from happening again. In addition, ensure the graphics drivers are always up to date and you are running the latest version of Windows. Additionally, run the games on your computer as an administrator to prevent other processes from blocking it. 

Still not solved?

If the problem persists after all of the methods above, you will have to reach out to the official customer support of Deadrop. They have an official Discord server you can join and create a ticket in. The support team will assist you in resolving your issue more thoroughly by going through the crash logs generated by the game.  


Muhammad Zubyan

Muhammad Zubyan is a certified Google IT Support Professional with over 7 years of extensive experience. He has worked on more than 1500 computers, gaining valuable insights that enable him to detect and troubleshoot any complicated root cause of Windows-related issues and errors. In addition to managing Appuals as a Senior Editor, he is currently developing his own Game Optimization program that caters to both gamers and casual users alike.