Dirt 5 is Crashing on PC – How to fix

Dirt 5 crashing fix – It looks like a lot of players are facing constant crashes while playing Dirt 5 on PC. Here are some fixes:

Dirt 5 is Crashing on PC – How to fix

How to fix the Crashing issue

Nvidia users update your Graphics Driver to Game  Ready Driver v457.09

The GeForce Game Ready Driver v457.09 brings day 1 support for Dirt 5, optimizing your system’s performance in this highly anticipated title for the best possible experience. You can also download the driver directly from the link below. Just fill up the details and your driver should be available for download.

AMD users update your AMD Graphics Driver to v20.10.1

If you are an AMD user then you can find the latest Adrenaline driver, specifically optimized for Dirt 5 and some other titles, from the link given below.

Windows 10 64 bit is mandatory to run this game

The PC version of Dirt 5 does not support any other OS other than Windows 10, that too the 64-bit version. So if you have a different OS installed then you are out of luck here. Neither this game will run on Windows 7, nor will it run on Windows 8.1 or Linux.

Fix the corrupted files of Dirt 5 via the File Verification method on Steam

You can actually verify the in-game files of Dirt 5 to check whether your system is missing any files that might be causing the game to crash or freeze:

  • Go to your Steam Library
  • Right click on Dirt 5
  • Select Properties
  • Click on the Local Files tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files

Terminate any sort recording or overclocking utilities

Close any kind of recording or overclocking utility that is running on your PC. Overclocking applications like the RivaTuner or MSI Afterburner, are causing crashes for a lot of games. Sadly, Dirt 5 is one of them. Even the slightest change in the base memory clock or core clock via an overclocking application is causing the game to crash after few minutes. A lot of games had the same problem. So it is better to stay on the safe side

Install the pending Windows updates

The crashes could be related to your Windows 10 version. Windows 10 updates cannot be trusted. The recent Windows 10 updates have already caused loads of problems for a lot of AAA titles. The Windows 10 KB4512941 update that was released few months ago gave some serious trouble to gamers all over the world. From high CPU usage to constant stuttering while playing games or running heavy applications, people had to face everything.

Thankfully, Microsoft has already released an update that fixed the problem mentioned about. But who knows, there might still be some users who have not updated their Windows since then out of fear and are still facing performance issues. So check whether you have pending Windows updates or not and then update your OS. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait for the updates to get installed
  • Restart your PC

Clear Steam Download Cache

Try clearing your Steam download cache. Here is how to do it:

  • Launch Steam
  • Go to Settings
  • Click on Downloads
  • Select Clear Download Cache
  • Restart Steam

Re-install the game

This should be the last option that you consider. I know that re-installing a game, especially when it is big is size, is a real pain. But sometimes, there is no other options. Files often get corrupted during installations. And a simple re-installation might completely fix the issue. If none of the fixed mentioned above work for you, then try re-installing Dirt 5.

Wait for Day 1 performance patches from Codemasters

Considering how big the launch of Dirt 5 on PC is, the developers are constantly on their toes, addressing the issues coming their way immediately. We have to keep this mind that the game is part online. Which makes it harder to manage than offline titles. So be patient and wait for a word from the developers. We are pretty sure that they will be releasing a patch to fix the crashing issues pretty soon.

Other fixes

There are some fixes that are mentioned here, but not on this article. You can try them as well if you want.

These are all the fixes that I have for the Dirt 5 crashing issue at this moment. If you could provide more details regarding the issue you are having in the comment box below. Then that would make it easier for me to find a specific fix for you. You can also try filling up this Dirt 5 Technical Issue Form and give details about your issue directly to the developers.


If you think that this guide has helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, try checking out our other guides on Dirt 5. Who knows, you might end up finding a something you have been looking for.


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on November 4, 2020

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