Minecraft Keeps Crashing Before It Starts – What To Do

9 Jul 2020 | |

Minecraft is one of the most popular games among gamers – it has more than 91 million players active worldwide.

Similar to other games, it became a bit frustrating when the app crashes every time you launch it. The common reasons for crashes are mods, bugs, corrupt files, updates, and outdated graphic drivers.

In this article, we will see why Minecraft crashes and how you can resolve the problem.

Note: Sometimes, Minecraft crashes as your computer does not meet the minimum requirements to play the game. Before you try any methods discussed in the article, we suggest checking the minimum requirements to play Minecraft from their official website.

What to do if Your Minecraft Keeps Crashing?

Minecraft crashes either on startup or when playing, although there are a number of fixes that we have mentioned in the following section.

Restart Your Computer

It’s impossible to understand why Minecraft is crashing, but if it is due to a system glitch, then restarting your computer will solve the problem.

You have to simply close your Minecraft, restart your computer, and open the Minecraft again.

Still, if it crashes, then move to the next method.

Examine Java Runtime Environment

Whenever a new update is released, there’s a possibility that Java might get corrupt due to which Minecraft crashes during the play.

So you should try either updating or reinstalling the Java Runtime Environment and check whether it resolves the issue or not.

To reinstall the latest Java, you have to follow the steps below:

Step 1: Press Window + R, a dialogue box will appear where you have to type ‘appwiz.cpl’ and then press Enter.

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Step 2: The Java Runtime Environment will be opened in the application manager, type ‘Java’ in the search bar.

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Step 3: Right-click on it and select ‘Uninstall’.

Step 4: Once the uninstallation is completed, restart your computer.

Step 5: Now, download and install the latest version of Java from the official website. After the installation, restart your computer once again and check if the error is resolved.

Note: Sometimes you will see the message like this:

A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment:

# EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (0xc0000005) at pc=0x000007fee37cc475, pid=10208, tid=8952

(The above message is a confirmation that Minecraft crashes due to the Java Runtime Environment. Hence, you need to either update or reinstall it).

Install Latest Patches

For a long time, the problem of crashes occurs regularly, that’s why the development team issues patches to target major bugs and improve the performance of the game.

It may be possible that you’ve disabled the automatic update patches, so even if you’re connected to the internet, the latest patch will not be downloaded.

To install the latest patch of the game, you can visit Minecraft’s official website.

Also, you can manually update the game by following the steps below:

  • Open the Minecraft Launcher.
  • On the bottom-left window, click on ‘Settings’.
  • Choose ‘Force Update’.
  • It will take a few minutes to install the updates.
  • Once the process is completed, click on ‘Done’.

Now, log in with your credentials and your game will start having the latest version.

We recommend disabling all types of mods within the game because most of the time, mods are developed by third-party developers that can cause Minecraft to glitch.

Turn Off the VBO Settings

Minecraft lets you increase in-game performance by changing the settings known as Vertex Buffer Object (VBO). It enables the game to upload vertex data, including color, position, and vector to your computer.

You might be thinking, how it helps to increase the performance of the computer?

Well, it takes off the workload from your CPU and RAM and moves it to the graphics card. But, not all the graphic cards are strong or have much memory to contain the vertex data.

And, it causes issues in Minecraft.

You can disable VBO from the game Settings menu by following the steps below:

Step 1: Open Minecraft on your computer and navigate to Settings > Video Settings.

 

Step 2: Turn off the ‘Use VBOs’ from the list. Save changes by clicking on ‘Done’.

Step 3: Now, restart the game and check whether the issue is resolved or not.

In case Minecraft is unable to start, then you have to change the VBO settings manually from the configuration file.

  • Press Window key + R, type ‘%APPDATA%.minecraft’ and hit Enter.
  • In the .minecraft folder, search for ‘options.txt’ file.
  • Open the file in the text editor and change ‘useVbo : true’ to ‘useVbo : false’.
  • Save changes and restart your computer.

Now, launch the game and observe if the issue got resolved.

Update Your Graphics Card Driver

At first sight, it seems that Minecraft doesn’t rely much on the graphics card, but like other video games, it uses GPU to show the video output.

If your Graphics card driver is not up-to-date (or outdated), then it can be the major reason for Minecraft’s crashing. Therefore, updating the Graphics card driver to the latest version can solve the problem.

To update the Graphics card driver, you need to follow the steps below:

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows Start menu, and select ‘Device Manager’.

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Step 2: The device manager window will open, select, and expand ‘Display adapters’ from the list.

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Step 3: Then, right-click on the Graphics card and click on ‘Update Driver’.

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Step 4: A dialogue box will appear, where you have to select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’.

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Step 5: Once the driver is updated, restart your computer and launch Minecraft again.

Note: You can also visit your Graphics card manufacturer’s official website to update the drivers to the latest version.

Wrapping Up

If none of the above methods works for you, then you need to reinstall the game. We suggest taking backup of the user data as reinstalling the game might erase all the data against your profile.

However, you should first restart your computer and download the latest Java, then only go for reinstalling the game.

Have you ever encountered the Minecraft crashing issue? If yes, then what did you do to resolve the issue? Do tell us in the comment section below.

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