Monday, August 27, 2012

Guild Wars 2 Crash Fix

Guild Wars 2 runs fine in the starting and after half an hour crashes all of sudden with music still continuing. Then the user has to shut it down by launching Task Manager and ending the process so that the music stops and the game ends. It’s really painful and makes headaches for everyone as it deals within the middle of a long game session when everything has become interesting for you. In some other cases reported, these crashes were experienced on a random basis, i.e. it starts to crash upon launch.

If you’re experiencing these types of crashes then you have come at the right place. We’ll provide you genuine Guild Wars 2 crash fix tips which are very helpful.

1. Check System Requirements
2. Exclude Launcher EXE from DEP
3. Change Nvidia Optimus Settings
4. Clean Registry Junk
5. Disable UAC
6. Make sure you have Decent Power Supply

Check System Requirements
Not having sufficient hardware to run the game is the most important cause. Make sure you have Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP with SP2. You must have minimum AMD Athlon 64X2 or Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or better. You Video RAM should not be lower than 256 MB. 25 GB free disk space is must. The graphics card should support the game, examples ATI Randeon X1800, NVIDIA GeForce 7800 or better.

Exclude Launcher EXE from DEP
DEP stands for Data Execution Prevention, a well known security measure. Guild Wars 2 crashes are experienced due to conflicts between DEP and its launcher file, i.e. GW2.exe. Exclude it to resolve this problem.

1. Click Start, right click My Computer.
2. Click Properties | Advanced System Settings.
3. Under Advanced tab, click Settings from Performance tab.
4. Click Data Execution Prevention tab.
5. Select the second option to add services and programs to the list of excluded items.
6. Click Add, select the following file and click Open:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Guild Wars 2\GW2.exe
7. Click OK OK.

If the problem still persists then disable your firewall and antivirus protections.

Change Nvidia Optimus Settings
If you’re using Nvidia Graphics Card then this is the thing you have to do. Nvidia has a feature that saves computer power by switching between two graphics adapters. It is a very useful feature as it saves your battery life but when it comes to Guild Wars 2 it makes troubles. Change its settings in the following order which will work as Guild Wars 2 crash fix:

1. Click Start, select Nvidia Control Panel.
2. On the left hand side of your screen, expand Select a Task | 3D Settings | Manage 3D Settings.
3. You’ll get a couple of tabs. Click the Program Settings tab.
4. Click Add button under Select a Program category. Browse C:\Program Files (x86)\Guild Wars 2\GW2.exe and select it. This is the default installation path which can actually differ.
5. Select the High Performance NVIDIA Processor option under Select the Preferred Graphics category.
6. Now click Apply and exit the dialog.

Clean Registry Junk
Registry Junk is nothing but obsolete, invalid and outdated registry information. Like other programs/ games, Guild Wars 2 uses the registry to store and retrieve its data and settings. The more it is used more chances it can get corrupted. Thus Guild Wars 2 crash fix is to scan for junk entries into your registry and repair them instantly. Download a Registry Cleaner application.

Disable UAC
UAC is the acronym of User Account Control. It is a part of User Accounts and Family Safety feature in Windows 7 and Vista operating systems. Guild Wars 2 crash fix is to disable it as below:

1. Click Start | Control Panel.
2. Click User Accounts and Family Safety | User Accounts.
3. Click Change User Account Control Settings.
4. Move the slidebar to the extreme bottom to select Never Notify option.
5. Click OK | Close.

Make Sure you have Decent Power Supply
This is a technical aspect. It is better to consult with a computer repair guy or a local technician. You must have a decent power supply with decent graphics card to work as Guild Wars 2 crash fix. A minimum of 60 watts is recommended. Also make it sure that there is no sharing of connection between other devices, i.e. it must have a direct connection to your GPU and there should not be any splitting.


  1. I tried to Exclude Launcher EXE from DEP however when I tried to add the Gw2.exe file to the exceptions list an error showed up saying that DEP can't be turned off for this program. And won't let me add it.

    1. There are 3 possibilities:

      1. The game file "GW2.exe" is a 64 bit application.
      2. The file is stored in Windows directory. (It doesn't seem to be the case here as the file may be located in C:\Program Files\Grand Wars 2 folder)
      3. The file is compiled for your operating system

      If the above possibilities are not true with you then simply disable DEP to fix your problem. Here's how:

      1. Click Start | All Programs.
      2. Right click Command Prompt and select "Run as Administrator" option.
      3. Type the following commands:
      BcdEdit.exe /set nx AlwaysOff

      Note: To enable it back, use this command:
      bcdedit.exe /set nx AlwaysOn

      Hope this helps!

      - Vikas

    2. SO far you fix has worked however now it has autodected everything as low and its running as if i had a lower grade graphics card. what exactly did you cmd command do?

  2. I'm having the same problem... I tried the above solution but when i Click Start/All programs, all the programs get shown... There is no option for me to right click the "All Programs" tab to "run as Administrator". I have Windows 7 Professional SP1 if that helps any...

    1. You actually misunderstood the first step I wrote for disabling DEP feature.

      After you click Start | All Programs, you'll get plenty of items. You do have to right click the "Command Prompt" option; and not the "All Programs" folder itself.

      - Vikas

  3. I'm running a 64 bit OS, and I can't disable DEP/add the item either. Is there another way around this?

    1. As I already mentioned in the comment, make sure that you have logged-on with the "Administrator" user account. Also make sure that you have opened "Command Prompt" window as an Administrator.

      If the steps are done correctly but you are still facing any issues then leave this step and move to the next one.

  4. Some personal feedback,

    NVIDIA Control Panel / Manage 3D settings / Power Management Mode -> Prefer Maximum Performance (instead of adaptive) made my day.

    580 GTX , 306.23 WHQL Drivers


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