Fix: Grand Theft Auto V Crashes on Startup

Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in April 2015 for Microsoft Windows.

Grand Theft Auto V Cover

However, quite recently a lot of reports have been coming in of the game crashing at startup. This error persists whether you try to launch the game directly or even through the launcher. In this article, we will tell you some of the reasons due to which this error can be triggered and provide you with viable solutions to solve the problem.

What Causes the GTA V to Crash At Startup?

Unfortunately, the cause of the error cannot be specified but according to our reports some of the most common causes were:

  • Missing Files: It is possible that the game might be missing certain files or some files might have been corrupted. The game does not launch properly if certain files of the game are missing.
  • Graphics Drivers: Sometimes, if the graphics card drivers are not up to date it can cause issues with certain elements of the game thus resulting in frequent crashes and even causing issues with the startup.
  • Memory Leaks: There is a virtual memory on every hard disk partition. This virtual memory acts as a temporary RAM and processes the information before sending it to the RAM. If this memory is low it can cause frequent crashes or even cause issues with the startup.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the causes we will move on towards the solutions.

Solution 1: Verifying Game Files.

It is possible that the game might be missing certain files or some files might have been corrupted. The game does not launch properly if certain files of the game are missing. Therefore, in this step, we are going to be verifying the game files and make certain that the game files are complete.

This process differs for the Steam Versions and the non-Steam versions of the game

For Non-Steam Versions:

  1. Press  “Windows+R” buttons on your keyboard.
    Opening Run
  2. Type “cmd” in the Run and press enter
  3. Now Type “cd c:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto V” and press Enter
    Note: If you have installed the game to a different directory type the address of the game installation folder.

    Typing in the command
  4. Now type ” GTAVLauncher.exe-verify” and press Enter
  5. The game launcher will now open and begin to verify the game files.
  6. After the files are verified try to run the game

For Steam Versions: 

  1. Launch Steam and sign in to your account
  2. Go into the library section and RightClick on the game
    Right-Clicking on the game
  3. Select Properties
  4. After that Click on the Local Files option and click on the “Verify the integrity of Game Cache” option
    Clicking on the Local Files option
  5. This will take some time to verify after it is done try to run the game

Solution 2: Updating Graphics Drivers.

Sometimes, if the graphics card drivers are not up to date it can cause issues with certain elements of the game thus resulting in frequent crashes and even causing issues with the startup. Therefore, we will be updating the graphics drivers to the latest ones in order to eradicate this issue.

For Nvidia Users: 

  1. Click on the Search bar on the left-hand side of the taskbar
    Search bar
  2. Type in Geforce Experience and press enter
  3. Click on the first icon to open the application
    Opening Geforce Experience
  4. After signing in, Click on the “Drivers” option on the top left
    Clicking on Drivers
  5. In that Tab, Click on the “Check for Updates” option on the top right
    Clicking on Check for Updates
  6. After that, the application will check if new updates are available
  7. If the updates are available a “Download” button will appear
    Click on the Download button
  8. Once you click on that the driver will begin to download
  9. After the Driver is downloaded the application will give you the option for “Express” or “Custom” installation.
  10. Click on the “Express” installation option and the Driver will automatically be installed
    Selecting Express Installation
  11. Now try to Run the game

For AMD Users: 

  1. RightClick on the Desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings
    Opening Radeon Settings
  2. In the Settings, click on Updates in the lower right corner
    New Updates Option
  3. Click on “Check For Updates
    Checking for Updates
  4. If a new update is available a new option will appear
  5. Click on the option and select Update
    Clicking on New and Update
  6. The AMD installer will start, click on Upgrade
    Clicking on Upgrade in the AMD installer
  7. The installer will now get the package ready, check all the boxes and click on Install
    Updating Driver
  8. This will now download the new driver and install it automatically
  9. Restart your computer and try to run the game.

Solution 3: Increasing Virtual memory

There is a virtual memory on every hard disk partition. This virtual memory acts as a temporary RAM and processes the information before sending it to the RAM. If this memory is low it can cause frequent crashes or even cause issues with the startup. Therefore, in this step, we will be increasing the virtual memory for which

  1. Press the “Windows+R” buttons to open up the Run Prompt
  2. Type “systempropertiesadvanced” in the Run Prompt.
    Typing the command in RUN
  3. Under the Performance heading, click on “Settings
    Opening “Settings”
  4. Now in the Performance Options, click on the “Change” option under the “Advanced” Tab
    Clicking on Change
  5. Uncheck the “Automatically Manage Page Filing for All Drives” option
    Unchecking
  6. Check the “Set Manually” box and type in “4096” in the “Initial Size” option and “8192” in the “Final size” option.
    Changing the paging size
  7. Click on “OK” and Apply your Settings
  8. Restart your computer for the settings to take effect and try to run the game
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