Civilization 6 crashes or won’t start on Windows PC

If Civilization 6 keeps crashing or not starting on Windows 11/10, the solutions provided in this article will help you solve the problem. The most common reason for a PC game crashing is a compatibility issue. If your system does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for the game, running the game will place a load on your system components, causing either the game to crash or the system to crash. However, gamers with high-end computers are also reporting frequent crashes in Civilization.

Civilization game crashes or won't start on Windows

Civilization 6 crashes or won’t start on Windows 11/10

Use the fixes below if Civilization 6 (CIV 6) crashes or won’t start on your Windows 11/10 PC.

  1. Launch the game outside of Steam
  2. Run the game in compatibility mode
  3. Make sure you have the latest version of DirectX
  4. Check the integrity of the game files
  5. Update or reinstall your video card driver
  6. Disable or disable OneDrive

Let’s go through all these fixes in detail.

1]Launch the game outside of Steam

Games you purchase on Steam remain available in your Steam library. When installing games through Steam, their shortcuts are also created on the desktop. Whenever you double-click on your game’s desktop shortcut, the Steam client will launch first. After that, the game starts. You’re experiencing crashes and problems launching Civilization. So, try running it outside of Steam. This trick has worked for some users.

To do this, open File Explorer and navigate to the location where the Civilization game is installed. By default it is located on your C drive at the following path:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common

Now open the game folder and find the application file (exe file). Double click on it to run directly.

2]Run the game in compatibility mode

If the fix above doesn’t help, try running the game in compatibility mode. The steps for the same are explained below:

Run the program in compatibility mode

  1. Navigate to the location in File Explorer where the application file (exe file) of the game is located.
  2. Right click on the game exe file and select Properties.
  3. Choose Compatibility tab.
  4. Enable “Run this program in compatibility mode for” checkbox.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select the previous version of Windows.
  6. Click Apply and then click good.

Now launch the game and see if it helps.

3]Make sure you have the latest version of DirectX

Sometimes problems with Steam games occur due to an outdated version of DirectX. Your system must have the latest version of DirectX. DirectX 11.3 and 12 are included in Windows 11 and Windows 10. To update DirectX, you must keep your system up to date. So check for Windows updates and install them.

If the problem is caused by an outdated version of DirectX, this step will fix it.

4]Check the integrity of the game files

Game File Integrity Checker works with most Steam games and helps fix the most common issues. Follow this step and see if it helps. The following steps will help you with this:

Check the integrity of the game files

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Go to Library.
  3. Right click on your game and select Properties.
  4. Choose LOCAL FILES on the left side.
  5. Now click Check the integrity of the game files.

A note: Do not check the integrity of game files during other system processes such as antivirus scan, hard disk defragmentation, etc.

5]Update or reinstall your video card driver

Video game crashes are also common due to outdated or corrupted video card drivers. Check if your graphics card driver update is available on the Advanced update page in Windows 11/10 settings. If not, completely remove the video card driver using DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) and then reinstall the latest version.

Follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest version of the driver for your video card from the official website of the manufacturer.
  2. Uninstall the video card driver through the device manager.
  3. Run the setup file to reinstall the display driver.

If the installer file is in INF format, install it through Device Manager.

6]Disable or remove OneDrive connection

According to most user reviews, OneDrive was interfering with Civilization and causing it to crash or fail to load. If none of the above fixes worked, the problem might be with OneDrive on your computer. Disable or disconnect OneDrive from your system. That should help. This action will not delete your data from OneDrive. You can re-link OneDrive at any time by signing in to your Microsoft account. After you turn off OneDrive, you won’t be able to access a file stored in OneDrive from your computer, but the files will still be available online.

Disconnect OneDrive from your computer

The following steps will help you get started with OneDrive:

  1. Click on the cloud icon on the right side of the taskbar.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and select Settings.
  3. The Microsoft OneDrive settings will open. Now choose Account tab.
  4. Click Unlink this PC.
  5. In the confirmation window, click Unlink account.

Likewise, you should start your computer in a clean boot state and fix the problem. If the problem does not appear in a clean boot state, a background program or third-party service may be causing the problem.

Does Civilization V work on Windows 11?

Yes, Civilization 5 runs on Windows 11. But your system must meet the minimum hardware requirements to run the game. Otherwise, you will face some problems such as the game not starting or crashing frequently. If your system meets the hardware requirements, you can run it on Windows 11.

Why games do not work in Windows 11

There can be many reasons why games do not work in Windows 11, such as your system does not meet the minimum hardware requirements, corrupted video card drivers, incorrect game settings, interference from security software and other third-party software, etc.

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