Fixing Saints Row Crashing Issue and Black Screen Problem

    Developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver, the much-awaited addition to Saints Row is all set to release on the 23rd of August 2022. The game will be available on all major platforms like Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and is already available for preorder in Epic Games for you to purchase.

    The official synopsis of the game says “In a world rife with crime, where lawless factions fight for power, a group of young friends embark on their own criminal venture, as they rise to the top in their bid to become Self Made

    Nevertheless, like any other new game, this one also has some bugs and issues. What’s the fun if you can’t run the game properly? In this guide, we will tell you how you can fix Saints Row crashing issue along with any stuttering and black screen problem.

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    That said, now without any further ado, let’s begin.

    Check System Requirements

    First thing’s first, check the Saints Row system requirements to see whether you have the required gear to run the game or not. Your PC should meet the minimum requirements in order to run the game. If that’s not the case, then firstly a system upgrade would be required to fix the Saints Row crashing issue.


    • CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 Ryzen 3 1200
    • RAM: 8192 MB
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit (1080p – 30 FPS)
    • VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 970 AMD Radeon RX 480


    • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700k Ryzen 6 1600X
    • RAM: 12288 MB
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit (1080p – 60 FPS)
    • VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 1070 AMD Radeon RX 6700
    • FREE DISK SPACE: 50 GB available – SSD

    Run a Clean Boot

    You can run a clean boot to ensure that no third-party software is interfering with the game’s processes. It will also ensure that no extra resources are being used by the system. You can do that by:

    1. Press Windows Key + R
    2. Search MSConfig
    3. Go to the Services tab
    4. Click on Hide all Microsoft services box
    5. Click on the Startup tab
    6. Open Task Manager
    7. Disable the unused tasks
    8. Restart the system

    Update the Graphics Card Driver

    If you are running the game on an outdated GPU driver, it will lead to the game crashing at startup. Update both the GPU and sound drivers if they require additional updates besides the Windows update. The game will run smoothly and hopefully crash-free with updated drivers. Both Nvidia’s latest drivers and AMD’s latest drivers can be found on their official websites.

    Update DirectX

    DirectX installation can cause a lot of games to crash on startup and Saints Row is no exception. If the game is crashing on startup, you need to update DirectX to the latest version.

    Run Saints Row as an administrator

    Alternatively, you can also try running Saints Row in admin mode. To run Saints Row as administrator, do the following steps.

    • Right-click on Evil Dead: The Game’s .exe file.
    • Select Properties.
    • Select the Compatibility tab.
    • Check the “Run this software as an administrator checkbox”.
    • Save your changes.

    Switch from Full-Screen to Windowed mode

    Saints Row Crashing Issue

    Perhaps, your system is not that powerful to run the game in full-screen mode. So, try changing the display mode to Windowed. After that, you can also try optimizing the game specifically for Windowed mode via your graphics driver settings – if those options are available.

    You can switch the display mode by the following steps.

    • Go to Settings from the main menu.
    • Select Graphics.
    • Select Basic.
    • Change the Display Mode to Windowed.
    • Save

    If you are unable to launch the game, then you can do the same without launching the game.

    • Right-click Saints Row .exe file.
    • Click on Properties.
    • Go to Shortcut.
    • Select the Target field.
    • Append “-w” at the end, after quotation marks.
    • Save.

    Enable Game Mode and GPU Scheduling

    In order to increase Saints Row performance, you can also try enabling Game Mode on Windows 10 and 11. It will help in minimizing the background processes so that your Saints Row gets more FPS and better performance.

    You can do it by typing “Game Mode“ in Windows Search and selecting Game Mode settings. There will be an option to turn on the Game Mode.

    Furthermore, you can also enable Hardware Accelerated GPU scheduling to enhance Saints Row graphics performance.

    Set Windows System to Best Performance

    Saints Row Low FPS issue

    If you’re having performance problems with your Windows computer, even if you’re not running any high-end applications or games and your hardware configuration is sufficient, be sure to set the Windows system to Best Performance mode by disabling any additional features or aesthetic enhancements. To do so, follow these steps:

    • Type Performance in Windows Search
    • Select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows
    • Select the Adjust for best performance option
    • Save

    It should be noted that enabling the best performance option will lower the graphical quality of the system UI, alter the UI elements, and even modify the typeface design. But don’t be concerned. If it doesn’t work, simply return to the prior selection.

    Disable Windows Defender or Antivirus

    Saints Row can also be crashing due to a restricted firewall. Therefore, you might also want to try temporarily disabling Windows Defender or any Antivirus you might be using. However, it should be noted that disabling protection in Windows could be a security threat. Alternatively, you can whitelist Saints Row in the Defender to potentially avoid having crashing and freezing issues.

    Verify Files Integrity

    Let’s not give up yet! If you have had no luck in solving Saints Row crashing issue, give a shot at verifying files integrity. Here’s how you can verify game files in Epic Games Launcher. Wait until the verification completes and relaunch the game to check if it still crashes at launch.

    We hope this guide was helpful in resolving Saints Row crashing and a black screen issue. The game is fairly new, so, if you have issues related to its low FPS and stuttering we have guides to help you resolve them as well. For more guides and fixes for Saints Row or other games keep following Retrology.

    Rehan Muzammil
    Rehan Muzammil
    A gaming and film enthusiast who loves to guide, discuss and share his ideas/views on Retrology.
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