How to Fix Monster Hunter World Crashing on Windows?

Monster Hunter: World is one of the hottest games on today’s market and it’s a real refreshment in the adventure genre combined with multiplayer action. However, constant crashing issues are diminishing the game’s otherwise great gameplay since many users are unable to play at all due to constant crashes and freezes which even render the PC unusable before a restart.

Monster Hunter: World has stopped working

Players from all around the world have suggested several methods they used in order to get rid of the problem and we have decided to gather them in an article followed by step-by-step instructions for each method. Check them out below and good luck in resolving the problem!

What Causes Monster Hunter: World to Crash on Windows?

As it’s usually the case with video games, there can be many different, unknown causes which can make the game crash and become unplayable. However, some causes are distinct and they affect a large number of users. Check out the list of the most common causes to Monter Hunter: World crashing:

  • Old graphics drivers – Keeping the graphics drivers fully updated is absolutely a must when playing newer titles and Monster Hunter: World is no exception.
  • Lacking administrator permissions – It’s often weird when games need administrator permissions in order to run properly. However, if it will resolve your problem, you should do it, especially considering the fact that the game isn’t a malicious virus.
  • Fullscreen optimizations – Many games fail to run properly with fullscreen optimizations and this game is no different. Luckily, you can disable it easily within the game’s executable’s properties.

Solution 1: Reinstall the Game

Reinstalling the game is the first thing on the list because the good thing is everything is tied to your account and you won’t have to lose your progress. If you have a strong Internet connection and a new PC, the game should be reinstalled in no time and the crashing problem should cease to appear.

  1. Click the Start menu button and open Control Panel by searching for it or by locating it in the Start menu. Alternatively, you can click the cog icon in order to open the Settings app if you are using Windows 10 on your computer.
  2. In the Control Panel window, switch to View as: Category at the top right corner and click on Uninstall a Program under the Programs section.
Uninstall a program in Control Panel
  1. If you are using the Settings on Windows 10, clicking on Apps section from the Settings window should open the list of all installed programs and apps on your computer.
  2. Locate Monster Hunter: World in the list either in Settings or Control Panel, click on it once and click the Uninstall button located in the Uninstall a program window. Confirm any dialog choices to uninstall the game, and follow the instructions which will appear on the screen.

You will need to download it again from Steam by locating in the Library and choose the Install button after right-clicking on it. Check to see if the crashing problem persists.

Solution 2: Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

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

  1. Click the Start menu button, type in “Device Manager” with Start menu open, and select it from the list of available results by simply clicking the first one. You can also try the Windows Key + R key combo in order to bring up the Run dialog box. Type in “devmgmt.msc” in the Run box and click OK in order to run it.
Running Device Manager
  1. Since it’s the graphics card driver you want to update on your computer, click the arrow next to the Display adapters section, right-click on your graphics card and choose the Uninstall Device.
Uninstalling the graphics card driver
  1. Confirm any dialogues or prompts which will ask you to confirm the uninstallation of the current driver and wait for the process to complete.
  2. Search 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 on NVIDIA’s website
  1. A list of all available drivers should appear in chronological order. Make sure you choose the most recent entry, click its name, and the Download button afterward. Save the installation file to your computer, open it, and follow the instructions on-screen in order to install it. Check to see if Monster Hunter: World still crashes!

Solution 3: Run the Game as an Administrator

Providing administrator permissions to the game’s executable seems to have resolved the problem from many users. It worked for crashes which have appeared since day one and it still works with the newer versions of the game. Make sure you follow the steps below in order to run Monster Hunter: World as an administrator.

  1. Locate the game’s installation folder manually by right-clicking the game’s shortcut on Desktop or anywhere else and choose Open file location from the menu.
  2. If you have installed the game via Steam, open its shortcut on the Desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu simply by typing “Steam” after clicking the Start menu button.
Opening Steam from the Start menu
  1. After the Steam client opens, navigate to the Library tab in the Steam window at the menu located at the top of the window, and locate the Monster Hunter: World entry in the list.
  2. Right-click the game’s icon in the library and choose the Properties option from the context menu which will open and make sure you navigate to the Local Files tab in the Properties window straight away and click the Browse Local Files.
Steam – Browse local files
  1. Locate the exe file in the Monster Hunter World folder. Right-click on it and choose the Properties option from the context menu which will appear.
  2. Navigate to the Compatibility tab in the Properties window and check the box next to the Run this program as an administrator option before saving the changes by clicking OK or Apply.
Running the game as an administrator
  1. Make sure you confirm any prompts which may appear which should prompt you to confirm the choice with admin privileges and the game should launch with admin privileges from the next startup. Check to see if the game still crashes!

Solution 4: Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

This is quite a simple fix which has actually worked for several people and it’s definitely something to try out if the methods above have entirely failed. Fullscreen optimizations seem to be the culprit to the crashing issues and, luckily, they can be disabled in a blink of an eye, simply by following the instructions below!

  1. Follow the steps 1-4 from Solution 3 in order to navigate to the game’s installation folder. By default, it should be SteamApps\common\Monster Hunter World.
  2. Locate the MonsterHunterWorld.exe file in the Monster Hunter World folder. Right-click on it and choose the Properties option from the context menu which will appear.
Monster Hunter: World – Installation folder
  1. Navigate to the Compatibility tab in the Properties window, check under the Settings section, and check the box next to the Disable fullscreen optimizations.

    Disable fullscreen optimizations
  2. Make sure you apply the changes you have made by clicking OK so try running the game again to see whether constant crashing will interrupt your playing!

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