Back 4 Blood – Crashing at startup – Game won’t launch – How to fix

Back 4 Blood crashing and won’t launch – This guide will show you how to fix the crashing and launch issues in Back 4 Blood PC. Some of these fixes have been recommended by actual players from the community, and they have been confirmed to be working.

Back 4 Blood – Crashing at startup – Game won’t launch – How to fix

Back 4 Blood is crashing for a lot of PC users, and some are not even being able to launch or start the game. Honestly, I don’t get surprised by issues like this anymore. In the last few years, issues like these have become extremely common in AAA titles. Just a few weeks ago, the New World Beta was live, and the game had the exact same problems.  And let’s not forget, Back 4 Blood is an always online game, and we all know how the always online games are nowadays.

That is why I decided to put all the fixes recommended by the community and the fixes that I think would help in one place, so that players don’t have to check multiple sources for them.

How to fix the crashes and launch issues

Set your Post Processing Quality to Low

This fix has been recommended by Steam user /Neto RPG. Here is what you need to do(This is for people who are being able to at least launch the game):

  1. Launch Back 4 Blood
  2. Go ahead and sign-in
  3. Once in-game, go to your Options menu
  4. Click on the Graphics tab
  5. Set your Post Processing Quality to low

This fix has worked for many users until now. This also fixes the ‘Fatal Error Line 258‘ issue. Check out some responses of the players who have actually tested this:

Back 4 Blood - crashing fixed - proof

Fix for ‘xinput1_4.dll is missing’ error

A lot of Windows 7 users are getting en error where Back 4 Blood is crashing and giving an error message that says “xinput1_4.dll is missing”. A lot of users has started wondering whether Back 4 Blood works on Windows 7 at all or not. Check out this post from forum user /Elthiam:

No Windows 7?
Well I should have seen this from afar, but when I’m trying to launch the game it says that ” xinput1_4.dll is missing ” and if I’m correct, it’s the usual error when you try playing on Windows 7. (I had this problem with Chivalry 2 Beta as well)
Even though some “try your config” website told me I could play it, looks like I can’t.
Now the question is can you play Back 4 Blood on Windows 7? Yes, you can. Many Windows 7 and 8.1 users are playing the game right now. Try this very simple fix recommended by a Steam user:
find xinput1_3.dll in system32. copy, paste and rename to xinput1_4.dll.

I personally haven’t tried this fix as I am on Windows 10, and I already have xinput1_4.dll inside my System32 folder. If you are a Windows 7 user, here is what you need to do:

  1. Open your C drive or the drive where you have installed Windows
  2. Open the Windows folder
  3. Look for the System32 folder and open it
  4. Type ‘xinput1_3.dll‘ in the search bar and hit search
  5. Copy the file and paste it on a different location
  6. Rename it to ‘xinput1_4.dll’ and paste it back to the System32 folder

That should do the trick. This has surprisingly worked for plenty of users. Check out some responses:

Back 4 Blood - crashing fixed - proof #2

Try switching your API

Back 4 Blood gives you two options. You can either play the game of DirectX 12 or DirectX 11. You need to test it by your self. If the game is crashing is for you on DirectX 11, try DX11, vice versa. If you haven’t noticed where the setting is:

  1. Launch Back 4 Blood
  2. Go ahead and sign-in
  3. Once in-game, go to your Options menu
  4. Click on the Graphics tab
  5. You should find the ‘Graphics API’ option there

I was actually getting an error initially where the game was crashing for me and giving that an error message that says ‘The UE4-Gobi Game has crashed and will close‘. I have personally tried this fix and can confirm that it works.

Check your graphics card software and make sure it’s updated.

[Note: Avoid this step if you already have the latest drivers]

Update (08/11/2021)

A new Nvidia driver, optimized for Back 4 Blood, is now available. The version is 471.68. You can download it from this link. You can also check for updates via Nvidia GFE.
Nvdia Driver v471.68

Update (10/12/2021)

A new Nvidia driver, optimized for Back 4 Blood, is now available. The version is 496.13. You can download it from this link. You can also check for updates via Nvidia GFE.

A new AMD driver, optimized for Back 4 Blood, is now available. The version is Adrenalin 21.10.2 Optional. You can download it from this link. You can also check for updates via AMD Auto-Detect.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

If you are getting errors like “vcruntime140_1.dll missing” or “MSVCP140.dll was not found”. The go ahead and install the latest version of Visual C++ redistributable, as there’s a chance it hasn’t been installed correctly.

Extra fixes (might or might not work)

Here are some extra things you can do just to be sure:

  • Disable your Antivirus software. AV Software giving false positives could often lead to launch issues in games.
  • Disable Steam overlay or other overlays(GFE, AMD Adenalin, Discord, Steam etc.)
  • Run the Back4Blood.exe as admin directly from the installation folder instead of launching the game via Steam:
    Just open your Steam library
    Select Back 4 Blood
    Click on the Settings tab, located on the right side of your screen
    Manage > Browse local files
    You should land on the installation folder of Back 4 Blood
  • Verify the files on Steam on Epic. Depends on what you are using
  • Re-install in a different location (The last thing you should try)

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If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Back 4 Blood guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue of the game on the launch day. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on April 12, 2022

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