Far Cry 4 Crashing: How to Fix It on PC

If Far Cry 4 is crashing on your PC, check the system requirements first and see our fixes


Far Cry 4 is one of the most popular games, and some players complained about frequent crashes that affect their gameplay.

We’re taking your time into consideration, which is why the methods from this article are tailored to save those 5-10 minutes from navigating other websites or forums to find the solution for fixing Far Cry 4 crashing issues.

The most common Far Cry 4 problems that people encounter are random crashes and black screen errors. Because of these errors, you might not be able to play the game, but we compiled a guide below on how to fix them.

💥 Why does Far Cry 4 keep crashing?

In a few words, you can have game issues while playing this game due to a number of reasons like incompatible or outdated drivers, background processes that cause in-game crashes, or corrupted files.

The game fans also reported that after installing new driver versions on their PCs, the game started to crash. To avoid this, you should make sure that you have the right drivers or update them according to our method.

How do I fix Far Cry 4 from crashing?

  1. Run the game as an administrator
  2. Update the GPU driver
  3. End the background programs
  4. Verify the game files’ integrity
  5. Stop Steam overlay
  6. Disable Real-time protection temporarily
  7. Check for Windows updates
  8. Reinstall your game

1. Run the game as an administrator

  1. Press Shift + Ctrl + Esc to open Task Manager.
  1. Enter Far Cry 4 in the search box to find the game location.
  2. Right-click on the game and click Properties from the list
  3. Now, go to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program as an administrator.
    Check the box Run this program as an administrator
  4. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

If this doesn’t fix it, you can try to run the game in compatibility mode to reduce the chances of crashing on your Windows version.

  • To do so, simply tick the box Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows 8 or 10 according to your needs. Click on Apply and close the window. See if your game is running properly now.

2. Update the GPU driver

  1. Open Device Manager from the search box.
    update drivers manually
  2. Right-click on the display driver and click Update.
    Update GPU driver
  3. Choose Search automatically for the driver.
  4. Restart your PC to complete the process.
Alternatively, you can use an automatic tool that will find, download, and install the right driver version on your Windows PC in just a few clicks. We strongly recommend PC HelpSoft for this job. Here’s how to do it:

1. Download and install PC HelpSoft.
2. Launch the application.
3. Wait for PC HelpSoft to detect all your faulty drivers.
update your GPU drivers automatically
4. The software will now show you all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d like fixed.
5. Wait for PC HelpSoft to download and install the newest drivers.
6. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

3. End the background programs

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt+ Delete and open Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Processes tab.
  3. Then, select unused programs in the list and right-click on them.
  4. Choose the End task for each program to stop the process.
    click on Processes end task
  5. Close the window and retry the game.

4. Verify the game files’ integrity

  1. Launch the Steam app and select Library.
  2. Right-click on Far Cry 4 and select Properties.
    click on game properties
  3. Switch to Local Files and click on Verify integrity of game files.
    Verify Integrity of Game File
  4. Repair the corrupted files if there are any.
For Epic Games Launcher users, you can perform accessing the Library  Click on the three dots next to the game > select Manage > and Click on the Verify button.

5. Stop the Steam overlay

  1. Start the Steam app and click on Settings.
  2.  Navigate to the In-Game tab.
  3. Find the Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game option and uncheck it.
    Uncheck the Enable the Steam Overlay
  4. Click the OK button and close the tab.

6. Disable Real-time protection

It is well-known that specific programs or applications may generate game crashes due to incompatibility reasons or file protection that detect your game as a threat. If it’s not the case, you should consider turning off the antivirus from your Windows PC.

Simply type Windows Security in the search box > Select Virus & threat protection > Click on Manage and turn off the real-time protection.
check the Turn off the Real-time protection

7. Check for Windows updates

  1. Search for Windows Update. 
  2. Click on the Check for updates button.click on Check for updates
  3. Select the Install button for each available update.
  4. Restart your PC after the updates are completed.

8. Reinstall the game

If you couldn’t fix the error with any other method above, you should keep trying and reinstall the game in order to erase any damaged game files that might cause frequent crashes on Far Cry 4.

Therefore, you will possibly get rid of frustrating crashes and other game issues that may occur due to broken files, such as black screen errors.

How to fix Far Cry 4 black screen

In addition, there are many players that confirmed more serious issues like Far Cry 4 black screens on launch. This can not only interrupt the game but affect your system as well.

Workaround: In Settings, go to shadow settings. Now, change the shadow settings from medium to high by going into Video settings.

That’s about it. We believe that our guide will help you solve any crashing errors on Far Cry 4 or other older versions like Far Cry 5 crashes.

In addition, you may be interested in other captivating facts about Far Cry 6 regarding the game’s performance in general.

If you still have any concerns or questions about the game, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments section.

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  1. pagan min says

    I played FC3 and loved it but this new one really is amazing! You could easily spend hours a day just doing nothing constructive (plot wise) and never get bored

  2. Rasmus says

    Worked for me too, amazing game now that i have high fps and i can play!

  3. Brent says

    thank you for this tutorial now i can finally play the game

  4. mikeands says

    Does anybody else have problems with fire/flames not being generated? Any ideas how to fix this?

    1. elsuperbeastooo says

      Yes please having the same issue and its pissing me off.. Someone find a fix soon or imma go crazzyyy

    2. Frank says

      I just found out how to fix it went to graphic and set everything to high then got everything downgraded one by one while unpausing the game and it turns out that you need anti-aliasin on SMAA thats the only thing thats gonna make fire work.

  5. Jimbo says

    The game’s released already? I thought it was the 18th?

    1. A-Mike says

      The game is available if you preorder it and it is also on torrent sites too.

  6. steven says


  7. Nathan says

    Any body having issues with the weapon wheel

  8. Nathan says

    Hello mike the weapon wheel on my ps4 version of far cry 4 keeps on appearing without my command is there a fix for this?

    1. rhn says

      lol peasant, this is for PC

    2. Ed says

      I am also experiencing this issue on ps4. It seems to happen most when I am sprinting (holding L3 ). The weapon select wheel opens and changes weapons or jut blinks on and off.

    3. asdf says

      You’re accidentally brushing the touchpad, which brings up the wheel. You can turn it off in the options menu.

    4. Anthony says

      So worried it was my controller lol. But having same issue. Help!?

  9. Far Cry 4 says

    When i sa tart the game it tells me to delete farcry 3 data and i dont have it so why i pre ordered it on psn and i cant play

  10. adrian says

    Hey, guys.

    I’m having 2 problems

    1. With the title screen, main menu, loading screens etc. I constantly have to open and close the in-game steam menu to continue.

    2. For one, i can’t sprint. When I’m in the first room i get stuck at the first door. If i don’t pick up a thing it will open but after that i can’t interact with anything/anyone and continue the game. I can still use vehicles and even drive through closed doors as if no clipping. If i interact with anything in the first room the action signifier doesn’t come up for the first door.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Nico says

      Same for me, anyone?

    2. Jonathan says

      I have this same problems as Adrian

      but wait! there’s more!

      When I try to play campaign, most times it’ll tell me it can’t connect to game session, even when trying the offline campaign.
      IF my campaign manages to load, when I try to “run to the truck” IF I don’t get instakilled by a mortar on the way there (while sprinting), I hop in the passenger seat annnnnnnd……nothing……he just sits there while we get shot at.

      9 times out of 10, my hud is also non=existant…….basically I’ve been trying for hours and still can’t physically get past the first mission due to the excessive amount of bugs I have.

      And yes, this is a legitimate copy purchased with my hard earned money

      1. Nick says

        I have this same exact problem. I’ve been searching for a fix for three days.

  11. ryan says

    Bought fc4 on ps3 on playstation network. Its saying delete far cry 3 and restart…..I did and nothing?

  12. Shelby says

    What about ps3 users who bought digitally? Any word there?

  13. Anthony says

    Hiya I’m having the same issue as Nathan. My weapon wheel shows up at random quite frequently without my command. Quite annoying when driving/flying as I end up crashing.

    1. ryan says

      The middle button on the controller brings up the weapon wheel w the slightest touch . Pause the game, go to controls and turn off the touch button. Issue solved. Took me a while to figure it out too

      1. ryan says

        The middle button is the touch pad, sorry.

  14. A-Mike says

    We are currently working on this, stay tuned!

  15. me says

    Far cry 4 always crashes after i open the map :/ how can i fix this?

  16. Huesoth says

    this is still working in patch 1.5?

    1. A-Mike says


  17. Maverick says

    I am unable to see the map, how do i fix this?

    1. chris says

      You can remove ( not delete, copy and send to desk top ) the patch.dat and patch.fat file from the game. worked for me.

  18. Mikenono says

    When I try to play campaign, most times it’ll tell me it can’t connect to game session, even when trying the offline campaign.
    I fixed it! Thanks !! Working

    1. Ajay ghayle says

      hey i have the same problem but i didnt find any fix on it pls tell me how to fix it in detail

      1. Ajay ghayle says

        i got a solution on this

  19. Ranjeet Singh says

    i tried getting into arena battle to unlock bushman rifle but the gates of arena are not opening. Any solutions??

    1. A-Mike says

      Try to unplug your controller.

      1. mauricio says

        I have the same problem with sand

        any solution?

  20. Ahmed Raza says

    i download the game and install it but cant open uplay r1 loader64 cant found show but i have downloaded this and crack also but cANT OPEN tell me solution bro

  21. harsh says

    when i started a challange of arena the door do not open and i got stuck there what to do

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