Fix: Rust keeps Crashing

There are a lot of issues going on with Rust since its alpha client has been released. Especially, a lot of players reported that their game is randomly crashing. Sometimes it’s crashing on start-up, or when the game is being loaded it can crash in the middle of gameplay as well. This can be quite annoying issue, but you don’t have to worry. We have a list of solutions for you to try and check if any of them resolves your issue.

Rust Keeps Crashing

This problem is caused by a variety of different things and we have come up with methods that can be used to resolve this problem.

What Causes Rust to Keep Crashing?

The game crashes are quite specific and they often do not appear randomly. The causes are not numerous and the ones we will list below will pretty much cover almost all cases you might encounter while playing the game:

  • The Steam beta client you might be using may have some problems running the game and there are numerous users who have been able to resolve the problem simply by opting out of using the Steam beta client.
  • Low virtual memory is yet another often cause. It can be resolved easily by increase the current page file size.
  • Sometimes the game consumes too many resources when run using DirectX11 so you should try switching to DirectX9.
  • Old graphics card drivers are at the heart of many gaming problems and this one is no exception.

Solution 1: Opt out of Steam Beta Participation

The Steam Beta program seems to bring more than good to users who want to receive the latest client and game updates before everyone else. Plenty of games struggle with problems when users are opted into Steam beta program and we recommend you opt out to see if the crashes still appear. This has helped plenty of Rust players who have purchased the game via Steam.

  1. Make sure you start the Steam client by double-clicking it on the Desktop or by searching for it with your Start menu open and clicking on the first result.
  2. Click the Steam option from the menu at the top of the client’s screen and choose Settings. In the Settings window make sure you stay in the Account tab and click the Change button under the Beta participation.
Opting out of Steam beta participation
  1. A new window should open so look again under Beta participation and click to open the drop-down menu. Choose the “NONE – Opt out of all beta programs” setting and Apply the changes you have made.
  2. Click the Steam option at the top left part of the Steam client and choose Exit in order to exit Steam completely (don’t just click the x button at the top right corner). Reopen Steam, launch Rust and check to see if the crashing problem still appears.

Solution 2: Increase the Size of Your Paging File

This particular method has helped plenty of users solve their issue almost instantly. No matter how much RAM you have, adding some page file memory might help you solve the problem as the game’s high quality setting sometimes needs that extra push it might get by reserving some space on your hard drive to be used as additional RAM memory.

  1. Right-click on the This PC entry which can usually be found on your Desktop or in your File Explorer. Choose the Properties
This PC >> Properties
  1. Click on the “Advanced system settings” button at the right of the window and navigate to the Advanced Under the Performance section, click on Settings and navigate to the Advanced tab of this window.
Managing Virtual Memory Settings
  1. Under the Virtual memory section, click on Change. If the check box next to the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” option is chosen, uncheck it and choose the partition or drive where you wish to store the paging file memory.
  2. After you have selected the correct disc, click on the radio button next to custom size and choose the Initial and Maximum The rule of thumb to solve the problem with this error is to allocate two gigabytes extra than you already used.
Managing the size of the paging file
  1. Make sure you set the initial and maximum size to the same value to avoid major changes. Check to see if Rust keeps crashing!

Solution 3: Launch the Games Using DirectX9

The error may simply be related to using DirectX 11 which is the default one to be launched if you using a relatively newer version of Windows. Still, problems may appear and users have found out that switching to DirectX 9 might solve the problem. There is an in-game option to stop using DirectX 11 and but you can also do the same without entering the game!

  1. Start up Steam on your PC by double-clicking its entry on the Desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu. There are other ways to locate it as well.
Running Steam
  1. Navigate to the Library section in the Steam window by locating the Library tab at the top of the window, and locate Rust in the list of games you have in your library.
  2. Right-click on the game’s entry in the list and choose the Properties option from the context menu which will show up. Click the Set launch options.
Running the game using DirectX9
  1. Type “-dx9” in the bar. If there were some other launch options located there from before, make sure you separate this one with a space. Click the Ok button in order to confirm the changes.
  2. Try launching the game from the Library tab and see if the Rust crashing still appears.

Solution 4: Update Your Graphics Card Driver

This is generally the best thing you can do in order to resolve such a problem occurring with one of your games. Graphics card drivers are the main channel of communication between the computer and the graphics card and it’s important to have the latest drivers installed. Make sure you do so by following the instructions below!

  1. Click the Start menu button, type in “Device Manager” afterwards, and select it from the list of available results by simply clicking the first one. You can also tap the Windows Key + R key combo in order to bring up the Run dialog box. Type in “devmgmt.msc” in the dialog box and click OK in order to run it.
Running Device Manager
  1. Since it’s the video card driver you want to update on your computer, expand the Display adapters section, right click on your graphics card and choose the Uninstall Device
Uninstalling your graphics adapter
  1. Confirm any dialogues or prompts which may ask you to confirm the uninstallation of the current graphics device driver and wait for the process to complete.
  2. Look for your graphics card driver on NVIDIA’s or AMD’s Input the required information about the card and your operating system and click on Search.
Searching for drivers
  1. A list of all available drivers should appear. Make sure to select the most recent entry, click on its name and the Download button afterward. Save it to your computer, open it, and follow the instructions on-screen in order to install it. Check to see if the crashing problem still occurs while playing Rust.

Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.