How to Fix HITMAN Errors, Crashes, Not Starting, Performance Issues

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

As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Future locations – in April, Sapienza Italy, track down a scientist residing in the sunny coastal town. In May, the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, Morocco. And as the story expands you will travel to Thailand and the USA before concluding in Japan later in 2016.

The most common HITMAN errors and bugs that players encountered and complained about on the Steam’s Dashboard of the game are Crashes, Game Not Starting and Performance Issues like Freezes, Issues with the FPS: Low FPS and FPS Drops.

Below you will find all of the game issues described to see exactly which one you got and you will find solutions on how to fix them for each issue. You can also skip directly to your issue and check the solution to fix your game.

How to Fix HITMAN Errors:

First, make sure that you meet the system requirements below:

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

Below you can find the most common HITMAN issues and solutions on how to fix them.

1. HITMAN Crashes, a lot of players are complaining about crashes, the game crashes at the startup, during the intro, or randomly through the game while playing.

“I can’t run this game. Deleted and installed again even reinstalled the driver but nothing helps. It keeps crashing! Please, someone, help me.”

“Between the constant crashes, on DX12 and Dx11, and non-stop graphical glitches this game is completely unplayable.”

“Running a 980ti with an FX 8350 @ 4.4GHz and the game will be happily running along then completely crash. Any advice on this?”

Solution: Right-click on the game in Steam Library and go to Properties and then Set Launch Options. Here add the following line -SKIP_LAUNCHER. If you still encounter crashes after that please use our patch to fix this issue, you can find it at the end of the post.

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.

2. HITMAN Not Starting, for some players the game won’t even start, when they click Play in Steam Library nothing happens, or they receive some long code errors, like the one in the picture below.

HITMAN Not Starting Issue

“I get the small launch screen ‘preparing to launch Hitman’ when I hit play, but the game does not start. Any ideas?”

“When I click start on Steam nothing happens, the game doesn’t run. I even tried to start with the exe file and nothing happened.”

“I just downloaded the game, and once the menu pops up and I pressed play, it just doesn’t play and close directly. Is there any solution to this? I met the minimum PC requirement.”

Solution: If you are unable to start the game due to crashes follow the solution from crashes above, if your game simply won’t start when you press Play in Steam, apply our patch, you can find it below, and your game will start after that.

3. HITMAN Performance Issues, the most common issues in the game are performance issues like Freeze, Low Fps, Stuttering and FPS Drops. You can also fix all these performance issues with the tutorial below.

“The game freezes every time I enter the 2nd floor in the Yacht, right after I exit the stairs as a Mechanic. This did not happen before the before when I played the beta. I also got this Direct3D12 enabled, thinking it is new, probably faster, and more good looking. I’ve read on other forums that an additional option in this causes loading errors etc., disabled that. No, go, is it the Dx12 settings that are just bugged overall?”

“My GTX 670 is old, but that gives this game no excuse. I’m getting 15 FPS on LOW at 1600×900, with everything locked to the lowest settings. This is actually inexcusable, I can run The Division on High and The Witcher 3 on High, but this game doesn’t run well at even the lowest settings. Very disappointed and hoping for a patch soon.”

Solution: To fix the performance issues try to disable the VSync from graphic options or to run the game in DirectX11, also make sure that you have the latest graphic card drivers. You can do that with our patch which will also fix the performance issues of the game.

Tutorial! Your computer’s graphics drivers will perform and function less effectively if they are out-of-date. It means that your computer is missing the necessary patches and upgrades to help you fix bugs and boost performance. Therefore, it can be the reason for the FPS decrease.

To avoid these types of problems, you can use an automatic tool that will find, download, and install the right driver version on your Windows PC in just a couple of clicks, and we strongly recommend DriverFix. Here’s how to do it:

1. Download and install DriverFix.
2. Launch the application.
3. Wait for DriverFix to detect all your faulty drivers.
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 DriverFix to download and install the newest drivers.
6. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

We hope that our tutorial helped you fix your HITMAN errors and that now you are playing and enjoying the game. Have fun playing it and comment below if you have any questions, and we will help you fix your game! – GamesErrors Team

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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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