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How to fix NFS Unbound crashing issue?

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NFS is one of the most popular racing games series in the world and has been ever since its 1994 launch. The game has seen massive success and is almost always a fan favourite every time a new instalment comes out. However, it isn’t immune to random bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about NFS Unbound crashes, their causes and what you can do to fix the problem. 

What causes NFS Unbound crashes?

Games can crash because of a number of different reasons but it’s mostly because of missing data files or weak hardware. Other common causes include:

  • Outdated game version. 
  • Outdated DirectX version.
  • Outdated GPU drivers. 
  • Visual C++ Runtime isn’t installed. 
  • Incompatible hardware. 
  • Pending Windows updates. 

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How to fix NFS Unbound crashes?

Here are 10 fixes you can try out. 

Restart your game

One of the easiest ways to fix the problem is to restart the game. Restarting games and programs often resolves temporary bugs that can cause crashes or connectivity issues. Once the game is stopped completely (you can verify this using the Task Manager), relaunch it using the Steam launcher, and it should work just fine. 

Launch NFS Unbound as an administrator

Another thing you can try is to run the game with administrator privileges to see if that fixes the problem. Errors like these can often arise because of improper access to system resources or files that the game needs to run properly. 

Check out our detailed guide on how to run programs with administrator privileges

Check your PC specs

If your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for NFS Unbound, you can experience all sorts of problems with the game ranging from slow performance to crashes with errors like this. Check the game’s Steam page for a list of minimum requirements to ensure your PC meets them. If not, upgrade any weak components and try again. 

Update your GPU drivers 

Outdated GPU drivers can also cause this issue in particular. While you should update all your drivers, take special care of your display drivers if you run into an error like this. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

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Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click it, and click on Update Drivers.

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Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

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While this should help resolve the error, if it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later.

Updating your DirectX installation

There’s a good chance that the culprit is most likely an old version of DirectX. 

Now on Windows 10 DirectX isn’t exactly available, or needed as a standalone download as it comes packaged with every update. To fix or reinstall your DirectX, you can simply uninstall your GPU drivers as mentioned above and reboot your machine. 

Disable antivirus

Overly aggressive third-party antivirus or antimalware programs can sometimes cause problems. In such cases, try temporarily disabling your antivirus to see if that makes a change. 

Check out our detailed guide on how to disable antivirus in Windows here

Verify Game Files

Corrupted game files can often lead to issues like this, not just in Darktide but other games. Luckily, Steam has a built-in feature that verifies your game files and reinstalls any files that might be damaged. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Head over to your Steam Library, right-click on Darktide and select Properties.

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Step 2: Head over to the Local Files tab.

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Step 3: Click on Verify integrity of local files… and let Steam do its thing. 

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Now try relaunching the game. 

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Repair Visual C++ Runtime

Repairing the Visual C++ Runtime library can fix any corrupt or damaged files triggering the Xinput1_4.dll is missing error.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type appwiz.cpl and hit enter.

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Step 2: Find the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime (2012 and onwards), select them and click the Change button. Follow along with the instructions to repair the library.

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Restart your computer and try running the program again. 

Update your PC 

Another thing you can do is to update your PC. Updating your PC will, in most cases, update your drivers and fix any issues in the process.

Check out this detailed guide to know how to update your PC here


If nothing works, your best bet is to delete the game from Steam and reinstall it from scratch. Ensure to overwrite your game save with the new installation, as corrupt saved files can also cause this issue. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: