Fix Evil Dead Crashing at Startup and Won’t Launch

Evil Dead crashing and won’t launch – Saber Interactive’s new Survival Horror title, Evil Dead, is finally here. Evil Dead 2022 is directly based on the popular Evil Dead Franchise. But, this game is nothing like the old ones.

Evil Dead The Game is a completely online multiplayer title, that features both co-op and PvP. In fact, the Single-player mode also requires an internet connection. Which, if you ask me, is not a great move.

Now, the Evil Dead series is a creation of none other than, Sam Raimi. And, the franchise has fans everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, The 2022 version of the Evil Dead game is good. The only issue is, that the game has some technical issues.

Evil Dead is crashing at startup for some people on PC, and for some, it won’t launch. The good thing is, that many people from the community have already recommended some fixes for that. Check them out.

Fix Evil Dead Crashing at Startup and Won’t Launch

Compare the System Requirements of Evil Dead with your PC Specs

Have you checked out the system requirements of Evil Dead The Game, and made sure that your hardware specifications can support the game flawlessly?

Here are the officially recommended PC requirements for Evil Dead:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X / Intel Core i7-7700
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): TBA
  • Video: AMD Radeon RX 5600XT / Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070Ti
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

And, here are the Minium Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5 7400 / Ryzen 5 1400
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 6 GB / RX 580 8 GB
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Sound Card

Evil Dead the Game System Requirements

As you can see, the game requires you to have something that is similar to the 5600XT or the GTX 1070 Ti. If you ask me, those are not entry-level GPUs.

Make sure you have given permission to Mantis to link with your Epic Games Launcher

As soon as you launch Evil Dead the game, the game will get minimized, your default internet browser will auto-open, and you will get directed to a link, that will show something like this:

How to allow Mantis with Epic Games Account

Make sure, you “Allow” this prompt. Otherwise, you won’t be able to play the game.

You need to have Windows 10 and DirectX 12 to launch Evil Dead

Evil Dead The Game, unlike Back 4 Blood, is one of those games that does not have support for DX11. You need to have DirectX 12 in order to start this game. Also, if you are on Windows 7 or 8.1, then there is no point in reading this article. In order to check the DirectX version on your system:

  1. Type “dxdiag” inside your Windows Search bar
  2. Click on the first result that pops up
  3. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will pop up
  4. Make sure you are on the System tab, look at the bottom of the System Information list. You should see your DirectX version there

Evil Dead - How to check directx

If you are still sitting with Windows 7 on your PC, then I would highly recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 64-bit. I am using the latest build of Windows 10(Version 21H2, Build 19044.1645), and I haven’t had any issues launching the game on any of my three PCs.

Download and Install Nvidia’s Game Ready Driver v512.77

Nvidia has already released a Game Ready Driver for Evil Dead: The Game. The version is 512.77. You can download it from this link or directly via GeForce Experience.

Nvidia Driver for Evil Dead the game

Install AMD’s Latest Driver for Evil Dead

AMD has not yet released a driver specifically optimised for Evil Dead. I will update this article with the correct version, as soon as they do.

Close Rivatuner Statistics or MSI Afterburner, if you are using it

Recently, Rivatuner and Afterburner have been having problems with a ton of AAA games. A lot of people use these tools to monitor their system’s performance. But recently, too many complaints have started popping up, where people are reporting game crashes due to Rivatuner.

So close these applications, restart your PC, and try launching Evil Dead again.

Make sure you are using the required version of Microsoft Visual Studio

In the process of trying to start Evil Dead, if you are getting errors like “vcruntime140_1.dll missing” or “MSVCP140.dll was not found”. Then, you are missing the correct version of Visual Studio. Please try downloading and installing the latest version of Visual C++ redistributable, as there’s a chance it hasn’t been installed correctly.

Check if Evil Dead is Whitelisted on your AV software or not

Chances are if you are using a third-party Anti-Virus software, it is preventing Evil Dead from launching. I’m pretty sure that you’re aware of the term “false positive”. Anti-Virus software today are extremely heavy and false positives are quite common from them.

Just disable your Anti-Virus software temporarily, and try launching Evil Dead. If you see that the game is still crashing at startup immediately, then the AV software is not the issue here

If you are using Windows Defender instead of a third-party AV software then here is how to add Evil Dead on the exceptions list of Windows Defender:

  1. Open the Windows 10 settings menu
  2. Select “Update & Security”
  3. Click on “Windows Security” from the left sidebar
  4. Select “Virus & threat protection”
  5. Scroll down, and click on “Manage Settings”, located under “Virus & threat protection”
  6. Select “Add or remove exclusions”, located under “Exclusions”
  7. Click on “Add an exclusion”
  8. Select “File”
  9. Browse your way to the location where you have installed Evil Dead
  10. Select evildead.exe
  11. Now, add another file
  12. Go to the location where you have installed Epic Games Launcher
  13. Add EpicGamesLauncher.exe
  14. Restart your PC

Use the verify feature to fix crashes in Evil Dead The Game

Verifying the files of Evil Dead via the Epic Games launcher could fix any sort of technical issue that you are having. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open Epic Games
  2. Go to your Library
  3. Take your mouse pointer on Evil Dead
  4. Click on the Settings icon () beside the Launch icon
  5. Click on Verify
    How to Verify Evil Dead on Epic Games Launcher
  6. Restart the launcher after the process is completed

Since Wonderlands is almost close to 10 GB, the verification process might some time, and your CPU usage might also shoot up to 90% or something. Be patient and try to avoid using any other application during the process.

Use the .exe file of Evil Dead to launch the game directly

Instead of launching Evil Dead via Epic Games Launcher, go to the location where you have installed the game. And launch the game directly by double-clicking on EvilDead.exe. You can also try launching the game as admin. Just right-click on EvilDead.exe, and select Run as administrator.

Contact Saber Support

If none of the above-mentioned fixes are working for you, then I would suggest that you contact Saber Games Support. But, to get a faster response, I would suggest that you contact them on Twitter. Here is their official Twitter Handle.

Update – May 15, 2022

Use the MUX Switch on your laptop

To fix Evil Dead crashing on your gaming laptop, make sure that you use your MUX switch, and enable your Discrete Graphics. Most of the time, the laptops run on Hybrid Mode. Therefore, unless you choose to run your laptop solely on your GPU, it will keep on using the integrated GPU occasionally.

So, if your laptop is not fast enough to switch to the Discrete GPU, as soon as you launch Evil Dead, it will end up crashing. Different laptops have different ways of switching between GPUs. Just Google your Laptop’s model, and check where the MUX switch is located.

I am using a Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, and I can easily do it by visiting the Lenovo Vantage app.


So, that is all on “How to fix Evil Dead Crashing at Startup and Won’t Launch” If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Evil Dead 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 May 18, 2022

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