Hitman Absolution Crash, Not Starting: How to Fix

Resolve any Hitman Absolution crash issues using our reliable methods with clear steps 🎯


HITMAN is available on Steam and by now it got some pretty bad reviews. Players complained about a lot of game crashing issues, and it seems that this release is not so good. In the game, you play Agent 47, the world’s ultimate assassin.

The most common HITMAN errors and bugs that players encountered and complained about on Steam’s dashboard of the game are Hitman Absolution keeps crashing, the game not starting, crashes after selecting difficulty, or crashes when starting a new game.

Below you can see the fixes for both crashing and not launching issues as they can be applied for both. You can also skip directly to your case and check the solution to fix the game.

💥 Why does Hitman always crash on PC?

You can get crashes while playing Hitman if your operating system doesn’t have the latest updates (DirectX updates), corrupted game installation, or higher game settings.

At the same time, you should make sure that you meet the minimum system requirements in order to play the game without issues:


OS: OS 64-bit Windows 7
Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7870
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 50 GB available space


OS: OS 64-bit Windows 7 / 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or Windows 10
Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 50 GB available space

How to fix the Hitman Absolution crash?

  1. Update your GPU driver
  2. Update the Windows OS
  3. Fix the corrupted game files 
  4. Disable Steam Overlay 

1. Update your GPU driver

  1. Enter devmgmt.msc on the run box by pressing Win+R
  2. Double-click on the Display adapters and right-click on the driver.
  3. Select Update driver and then pick Search automatically to update the driver.
    Update GPU driver
  4. Restart your PC.

As an alternative, you can install or update any drivers on your PC using the automated method offered by the dedicated software PC HelpSoft. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Download and install PC HelpSoft.
  2. Launch the tool and it will start scanning automatically.
  3. Click Update All Drivers Now to get the latest driver version.
    update drivers automatically
  4. Otherwise, go on each driver and update it individually.

2. Fix the corrupted game files

  1. Launch Steam and right-click on the game.
  2.  Select Properties and go to Local files.
    click on game properties
  3. Now, click on Verify integrity of game files.
    Verify Integrity of Game File
  4. Repair the potentially corrupted game files.

3. Update the Windows OS

  1.  In the search box, enter Windows Update.
  2. Press on the Check for updates button.
    click on Check for updates
  3. Click Download & Install on any available updates.
  4. After the update installation, restart your PC.

4. Disable Steam Overlay

  1. Click on the Steam Settings on the launcher homepage.
    click on Settings
  2. Go to the In-Game tab.
  3. Now, uncheck the Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game option.
    Uncheck the Enable the Steam Overlay
  4. Select OK and close the window.

In addition, you can discover other frequent gameplay issues such as Hitman Absolution crashing on startup which makes the game impossible to play.

Hitman Absolution not starting

For some players the game won’t even start, when they click Play in Steam Library nothing happens, or they meet issues such as Hitman Absolution not opening and not running at all.

FIXRight-click on the game in Steam Library and go to Properties → then go to Set Launch Options → add the following line -SKIP_LAUNCHER.

If this doesn’t help you try to run the game in windowed mode or with DirectX 11. After that press ALT+ENTER to go back to fullscreen mode.

Other frequent issues in the game are performance issues like freeze or low FPS which may also lead to the game crashing.

We hope that our guide helped you fix your HITMAN errors and that now you are playing and enjoying the game. Reach out in the comments below if you have any other questions, and we will help you fix them.

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  1. John Salierno says

    i keep getting “hitman has stopped working” error message when starting the game. it always occurring at 75% when starting the game. i have played with the game in window mode and full screen. I need to close out the game and close out of steam. it usually goes away when i restart steam but will eventually crash when going to a next mission. Getting old very quickly. i only play the game since i bought the full package and i’m not going to piss away 60 bucks (or whatever i paid for this mickey mouse shit of game).

    1. Rajvir M says

      It instantly crashes for me as well, pretty disappointing to be honest. Hopefully a fix is implemented soon.

  2. John Salierno says

    installed the latest patch for Hitman 2016 that was recently released through Steam. Now the game crashing at 75% in any mode (DirectX11, DirectX12, window mode, full screen, all graphic settings set to 1984 nintendo style, graphic settings set to Ultra and everything in between). The game is 100% unplayable now. Have no issues playing any other game i have installed…..Any ideas?

    1. James Lager says

      Same here, hitman on steam unplayable since latest update.

  3. daksi says

    getting error the file version is not compabtible … while trying to play hitman_ca.exe ?

  4. Pranav says

    hie denis , i have all the files for the game , but when I run it ,

    At first it said – Msvcp140.dll missing , then d3d.dll file missing

    now it says “API-MS-Win-core-string-l2-1-0.dll” is missing ,

    if you can help me out ,it would be great , thanks

  5. Jurie Botha says

    Thanks for the -SKIP_LAUNCHER Tip. Solved my crashes on startup. 🙂

  6. Supernatural says

    what patch its nothing only a text document

  7. Justin Creighton says

    over a year after release and the crashing issues under DX 11 haven’t even been addressed by IOI, this is ridiculous

  8. Josh King says

    When I go to start my game it doesn’t even have and error message when I click play on the steam library nothing happens.

  9. mark hudson says

    What if I’m on Epic games?

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