Fix: Midnight Fight Express Not Launching, Crashing, Freezing & Black Screen On PC

Corrupt installation files, corrupt game cache, and missing visual C++ redistributable, among other causes, might be causing the Midnight fight to express to crash to the desktop or not launch properly. Users of both steam and Xbox game-pass are reportedly facing this issue.

Midnight fight express crashing and not launching issue fixed

Several causes of the Midnight fight express not launching or crashing to the desktop. Through our investigation, we have found these below-mentioned things to be causing us this problem.

  • Missing Visual C++ Redistributables- Games or applications developed in a Microsoft Visual C++ environment require visual C++ redistributable to be available on the user’s computer. If they are unavailable on the host’s computer, this might lead to problems such as crashing or not launching the application or game.
  • Corrupt Cache- Cache is temporary storage. It is used in games due to its fast transfer rate. The cache can go bad/corrupt over time. It is advised to clear cache once in a while to avoid such issues.
  • Insufficient requirements- It is possible that your computer’s hardware is not sufficient enough to carry out the processes required by the game smoothly. Hence, the crashes and not launching.
  • Lack of administrator privileges- Another common possibility of midnight fight express crashing or not launching is a lack of administrator privileges. This can easily be tackled by running the game as an administrator.
  • Blacklisted from antivirus- Antivirus on your computer might be interfering with the functionality of your game by not allowing it to transfer bandwidth. This issue is quite common with many games and can be fixed easily by removing the program from the blacklist of your antivirus.
  • Outdated Display drivers- Since midnight fight express is a new release, it is possible that the version of your graphic card’s drivers is outdated; hence, it cannot process the game’s content properly. 

1. Check system requirements

Games usually have a set of standards of requirements; it is possible that your computer’s hardware is not compatible with those standards. It is advised to check system requirements before purchasing a game off of steam. Check in the below-given table if your computer’s hardware is compatible to play Midnight fight express:

Minimum Requirements
Intel Core I7 7500-U
Intel HD Graphics 620
7 GB Free Space
Windows 7
Recommend Requirements
Intel Core I5 4670k
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
7 GB Free Space
Windows 10

2. Verify game files

It is possible that the installed files of the game on your computer may have gone corrupt for several reasons. Both Xbox and Steam provide users with the facility to Verify and repair game file integrity. 

2.1 Xbox game pass 

The Xbox gaming app provides users with a built-in tool that verifies the integrity of game files. Follow these steps to Verify & repair the Midnight fight express game files.

  1. Open the Xbox Gaming App.
  2. In the menu on the left side of the screen, Right-click on Midnight Fight Express.

    Verifying game files
  3. After that, Click on Files on the top of the newly opened window.
    Verifying game files
  4. Now, Click on Verify and repair and wait for a while until it finishes processing.

Try launching the game after you have verified and repaired the game files.

2.2 Steam 

Steam comes equipped with a utility tool that allows users to verify game file integrity. This tool scans the installation file of the games to check if there are any problems with them and replaces files if it discovers any errors. Follow these steps to verify the game file integrity of Midnight Fight Express:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. In the panel on the left of steams user interface, locate your game i.e., Midnight Fight Express.
  3. Right-Click on Midnight Fight express and click on Properties.

    Verify game file integrity
  4. In the new window, Click on Local Files on the left menu.
  5. Now, Click on Verify game file Integrity.

    Verify game file integrity
  6. Wait for it to finish processing.

Once it finishes processing, try launching the game. If the issue persists, continue to the next step.

3. Configure the Date and time correctly

Xbox and all Microsoft-related applications save data with time linked to it, If you’re an Xbox Game pass user, make sure the time configured on your computer matches your geographical time zone. Having a mismatch in this causes confusion in Microsoft-related applications. Follow these steps to configure the date and time correctly on your computer:

  1. Make a Right-Click on the bottom-left of your screen where time is present, as shown in the image below.
    Configuring date and time correctly
  2. Click on Adjust Date and time.
  3. Now, Toggle the Select time automatically switch to on.
    Configuring date and time correctly.
  4. Similarly, Toggle the Select time zone automatically switch to on.
  5. After that, Click on Sync now to synchronize the changes.
    Configuring date and time correctly.

Once done, try launching the game. If the problem still exists, continue to the next step.

4. Install Visual C++ Redistributables

Visual C++ Redistributables installs Microsoft C++ and Microsoft C runtime libraries which are essential for applications and games developed under a Microsoft visual environment. The unavailability of these files could cause the game not to launch or function properly. Follow these straightforward steps to install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables:

  1. Click here to Download the Visual C++ Redistributables. 
  2. Once you are on the download page, Download Both the X86 and X64 versions.
    Installing the Visual C++ redistributables
  3. Open the files that you just downloaded.
  4. Continue with the straightforward installation procedure.
    Installing the Visual C++ redistributables
  5. Once Finished installation, Reboot your computer.

5. Run the game as an Administrator 

It is possible that your game is freezing or crashing due to insufficient permissions to run it smoothly; in such a case, it is advised to run the program or game as an admin. 

5.1 Steam

If you’re a steam user, follow these steps to run your game as an administrator:

  1. Open Steam, In the left panel, locate Midnight fight Express. The cult of the lamb here is used as an example to demonstrate the steps.
  2. Right-Click on the game and click on Manage.

    Running the game as an administrator.
  3. After that, click on Browse Local Files. This will take you directly to the root folder of your game.
  4. Now Right-Click on the Midnight Fight Express application file and click on Properties.

    Running the game as an administrator.
  5. Now, click on Compatibility in the navigation menu on the top of the newly opened window.

    Running the game as an administrator.
  6. Check the box beside the Run this program as an administrator text 
  7. Click Apply and hit Ok.

5.2 Xbox

If you’re an Xbox Game pass user, follow these steps to run Midnight fight express as an administrator:

  1. Open the Xbox gaming application, and in the panel on the left side, locate Midnight fight express.
  2. Right-click on the game and click on Create a Desktop Shortcut.
    Running the program as an administrator.
  3. Head on to the desktop and Right-Click on Midnight fight express.
    Running the program as an administrator
  4. Now, Click on Run as an Administrator

If the issue presumes even after running the program as an administrator. Continue to the next step.

6. Uninstall and Install Display drivers 

It is possible that the issue we are facing is due to an unstable installation of the display drivers installed on our computer. We will uninstall the current display drivers and install the latest version for our graphics card. 

6.1 Uninstalling Display Drivers

Follow these steps to uninstall the currently installed display drivers on our computer completely. We’ll use a DDU (Display driver uninstaller) as it performs a clean uninstallation of drivers without leaving any residual files and corrupt registry entries.

  1. Click here to download a Display Driver Uninstaller.
  2. Once on the download page, Scroll down till you see the Download links.
  3. Click on the link with the nearest server to your geographical location.
    Uninstalling display drivers
  4. Once downloaded, Extract the contents of the “.Zip” file.
  5. Open the folder with extracted content and double-click to open the DDU application file.
  6. Click on Extract and open the folder this extraction process creates.
  7. Open the application file named Display driver uninstaller.
  8. Once you have downloaded and installed the DDU, open it.
  9. Close the popup box it presents upon opening the application.
  10. Now, Select your GPU vendor in the dropdown menu on the left side of the application UI.
    Uninstalling display drivers
  11. After that, Click on the Clean and Restart button.

6.2 Installing Display drivers

After you have successfully uninstalled the display drivers from your computer, follow these steps to install the latest display drivers for your graphics card:

  1. Click on the below-mentioned links with your graphic card’s manufactures name
  2. Now, Select your graphics card model manually and Download the drivers.
  3. Once Downloaded, Proceed with the straightforward installation of display drivers.

After the installation procedure is done, Reboot your computer. After rebooting your computer, try launching the game.

7. Add the game to the antivirus

Sometimes, Windows defender or any other antivirus blacklists applications or games, which makes them useless as they can not send bandwidth over your network. Follow these steps to whitelist Midnight fight express in Windows defender. If you use a third-party antivirus, temporarily disable it to identify if it is causing this issue:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the windows start menu.
    Allowing the game through controlled folder access.
  2. Click on the Settings icon to open the windows settings.
  3. Now, Click on Privacy and security on windows 11, and on windows 10, click on Update and security.
    Allowing the game through controlled folder access.
  4. Click on Windows Security and click on Virus and threat protection.
  5. Scroll down, Click on Manage Ransomware protection under the ransomware protection settings.
    Allowing the game through controlled folder access.
  6. Click on Allow an app through controlled folder access as shown in the image below.
    Allowing the game through controlled folder access.
  7. Now, Click on Add an allowed app.

    Allowing the game through controlled folder access.
  8. Browse to the Midnight fight express root folder and Click on the Midnight fight express application file. 
  9. Click on Ok

After you finish the steps, restart your computer to finalize the new settings.

8. Disable Overlay Apps

Reportedly, doing so has fixed this problem for several users. Applications like steam and discord provide users with an overlay feature. To disable the overlay of steam and discord, follow these steps:

8.1 Steam

Follow these steps to disable steam overlay:

  1. Open Steam and locate Midnight Fight Express in the panel on the left side of your screen.
  2. Right-click on the game and click on properties.
    Disabling steam overlay
  3. Uncheck the box that says Enable in-game overlay.
    Disabling steam overlay

8.2 Discord 

Follow these steps to disable discord overlay:

  1. Open Discord 
  2. On the bottom-left of Discord, the user interface, click on the Settings icon as shown in the image.
    Disabling discord overlay
  3. Now, in the menu on the screen’s left side, Locate Game Overlay.
  4. Click on Game Overlay and, after that, Turn the Enable in-game overlay switch off.
    Disabling discord overlay

Once you have successfully disabled discord and steam overlay, Try launching the Midnight fight express. 

9. Lower down In-game settings

Users have reported this fix to cure their issue; This fix is leaning towards people who are facing freezing or crashing issues; skip this step if you’re unable even to launch the game. Follow these steps:

  1. Run Midnight Fight Express and click on the settings icon to open settings.
  2. Now, Click on Video to open video settings.
    Lowering down in-game settings
  3. After that, Change the Resolution to 1920×1080 or lower, depending on your computer’s hardware.
  4. Similarly, Change the Full Screen to Windowed.
    Lowering down the in-game settings
  5. Turn Off the Vsync feature.
  6. After that is done, Click on Advanced Settings.

    Lowering down in-game settings
  7. Play around with the settings depending on your hardware.

10. Uninstall and Reinstall the Gaming services

This method only applies to Xbox game pass users; Gaming services are an essential package for games launched via the Xbox gaming application. Follow these steps to uninstall and reinstall the Xbox gaming services.

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the windows start menu, and in the windows start menu search bar, type Powershell and run it as an administrator.

    Uninstalling and reinstalling the gaming services
  2. In the PowerShell command terminal, paste the following command to uninstall the existing gaming services package.
    Uninstalling and reinstalling the gaming services
    get-appxpackage Microsoft.GamingServices | remove-AppxPackage -allusers
  3. Once done, Paste in the following command to install the gaming services. This command will redirect you to a Microsoft store page.
    start ms-windows-store://pdp/?productid=9MWPM2CQNLHN
  4. Click on Install to get the latest version of gaming services.

Once installed, Reboot your computer to finalize the changes.


Dawood Janjua

Dawood Janjua is a highly skilled technology enthusiast with a wealth of knowledge in Windows troubleshooting and gaming. He holds a CCNA certification and has a proven track record of providing exceptional support to customers. While currently working as an author, Dawood aspires to obtain the prestigious CCIE certification in the future to expand his technical expertise and provide regional-level support. With his passion for gaming and expertise in technology, Dawood is committed to sharing his knowledge with the community to help others improve their skills and knowledge in the field.