Check and Update Outdated Graphics Driver
First thing first, you’ll always want to keep up-to-date with your graphics drivers. The graphics drivers are what make the graphics on your PC run properly, and new driver updates fix a lot of bugs that may occur in games. So, here’s how you can update your graphics drivers:
- Search for Device Manager in the Search Bar below
- Open the first app that appears
- Search for Display adapters and double-click it
- Right-click your graphics card and click on Update
- Select “Search automatically for drivers”
- Go through all necessary steps to update your outdated graphics drive
Although this is a good way to update your graphics card drivers because Valorant keeps crashing, it may not always automatically find the right drivers. You may want to manually update your graphics card drivers:
- AMD Graphics Card Drivers Update
- NVIDIA Graphics Card Drivers Update
- Intel Graphics Card Drivers Update
Check if Your PC Meets Valorant's Minimum Requirements
If Valorant keeps crashing on your PC, but your PC doesn’t meet the games’ minimum system requirements, you may have an issue. Here are Valorant’s minimum requirements:
- Operating System: Windows 7
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Intel), Athlon 200GE (AMD)
- Memory: RAM 4GB
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000, Radeon R5 200
These are really low PC specs for Valorant crashing on PC to occur. However, if your PC doesn’t even meet these requirements, you can’t play Valorant properly.
Update your Windows OS
The next thing you can do if Valorant keeps crashing on your PC is to update the Windows Operating System. There are security updates pushed out all the time, which may help you fix the Valorant crashing issue.
Here's how you can update your Windows PC:
- Press Windows Key+I to open Windows Settings App
- Open the last Update & Security option
- Click on “Check for updates”
- If there are PC updates available, proceed with them
Shut Down Unnecessary Background Apps
Uneccessary resource-hungry programs that run in the background may be slowing down Valorant a lot, and at times causing it to crash. What you can do is close background apps that drain your system resources through the Task Manager and the System Tray option.
To close background apps through the Task Manager, press CTRL+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager. Click on the Processes tab from the Task Manager above, and locate any apps that you think aren’t necessary for your PC. Select them, and click on End Task below.
To close background programs through the System Tray option, simply click on the arrow pointing upwards on the Task Bar below. A menu with apps will show up, right-click any app you think is unnecessary, such as Discord, and close it off.
These unneeded apps won’t slow down the progress of your PC and Valorant anymore. Though hopefully, the closed-off apps from the Task Manager will prevent future Valorant crashes so you can climb up to Radiant, right? But well, if the Valorant game keeps crashing, you might want to hit into the heart of Riot Games’ Valorant files; we know.
Run Valorant Repair System
Some players don’t even know, but Valorant has its repair system! Don’t go ahead and reinstall Valorant to fix some of its game files, when you can run the repair system which fixes them. This solution mostly helps after a Valorant patch update, since that’s what may have messed up your Valorant game. Here’s what you have to do to run Valorant’s repair system:
- Go to the official Riot Games Valorant website
- Click on PLAY FREE, and log in with your account
- This will lead you to a new site, click on DOWNLOAD
- The Valorant Install client will be downloaded, open it
- Click on Advanced options
- Change the install location to the place where you installed Valorant
- Click on Install and wait until the process is done which will fix the game files
Change and Lower Valorant Settings
Valorant game settings are what determine its FPS. But what players don’t know is that could be the leading cause behind the Valorant crashes. Lower-end PCs cannot take some high graphics settings in Valorant, making the entire game crash. What you’ll want to do is change these game settings.
This will significantly increase FPS in Valorant, and should fix the crashing issue.
Run Valorant as an Administrator
Valorant sometimes doesn’t have full access to your PC causing it to crash. That’s why you’ll want to run Valorant as an Administrator, and here’s how:
- Type VALORANT in the Search Bar below
- Right-click the game and select Open File Location
- Right-click Valorant again and select Open File Location
- Go back to 1 folder by clicking on Riot Games above at folder path
- Go to Valorant -> Live -> ShooterGame -> Binaries -> Win64 folder
- Find VALORANT-Win64-Shipping, right-click it and select Properties
- Click on the Compatibility tab above
- Check the Run as administrator box, click on Apply, and select OK
Restore Default Settings to Graphics Card
If you’ve tampered with your graphics card settings previously, then this solution is for you. The changes you’ve made may cause Valorant’s crashes, so you’ll want to restore them to their defaults.
If you use an NVIDIA graphics card, right-click on your Desktop and open the NVIDIA Control Panel. Click on the 3D Settings on the left of the NVIDIA Control Panel, and select Manage 3D settings. Then select the Restore Factory Defaults option.
If you use an AMD graphics card, right-click on your Desktop and open the Catalyst Control Center. Click on Preferences and select Restore Factory Defaults.
After you’ve restored the graphics to default settings, you should try and play Valorant again. See if the game continues to crash. If it does, then there are 2 more solutions left you can try.
Update Microsoft DirectX
DirectX is really important to run Valorant correctly. And keeping it updated will do you wonders, even with other games. You can download DirectX update here; just click on Download, and wait until it’s finished. Open the setup app and go through all necessary steps.
If this didn’t help out in preventing Valorant from crashing either, then the last solution is for players who tamper with their CPU and GPU. Apparently, Valorant sometimes doesn’t take overclocking lightly.
If you’ve overclocked your PC lately, and Valorant started to crash out of nowhere, you may want to undo the overclocking. It’s been known that Riot Games and Valorant don’t go hand in hand with overclocking. Depending on the overclocking app, the process of disabling it is different. You could also try uninstalling the overclocking apps like MSI Afterburner.
After all these solutions, you should have made your PC run much faster, made it more secure, and prevented Valorant from crashing. If you want more Valorant content, you should visit TheGlobalGaming's Youtube channel!