It Takes Two – Crashing at Startup – Game won’t Launch – How to fix

It Takes Two Crashing and Won’t Launch – It Takes Two is finally here, and it is undoubtedly one of the best platformers that we have had in a while. But, as we know, AAA games these days don’t launch without issues. Same is the case with the PC version of It Takes Two. The game is crashing at startup for some players and for some it won’t even launch. Fortunately, there are plenty of way you can fix that. Here is how to fix It Takes Two crashing and launch issue.

It Takes Two – Crashing at Startup – Game won’t Launch – How to fix

The game supports Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 only

It Takes Two is not supported on Windows 7. Which means you have to have 8.1 or 10 to play this game without issues. But from what I have heard, even 8.1 users are having a bit of trouble. So Windows 10 is your best bet. This is something that you couldn’t fix, as the developers themselves didn’t feel necessary to make the game compatible for Windows 7.

Therefore, if you are still on Windows 7. I would suggest that you update your system to Windows 10. There is no harm is giving it a try, isn’t it?

Update your drivers

If you are sitting on old Graphics and Chipset drivers, then I will suggest that you update them. I have personally faced this problem with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. When the game came out, I was unable to launch it on my PC for one whole day. I was trying multiple fixes left and right. Finally, what I did was, I updated my chipset driver. I already had the latest graphics driver, so I was sure that it wasn’t the one causing the issue. After installing the latest AMD Chipset driver, I gave my PC a quick restart. And since then, I haven’t had a single issue with the game. So make sure that your drivers are updated.

Your Anti-Virus software might be blocking the game or making it crash before it starts

In some cases, the game’s save data may be getting silently quarantined by some antivirus software, resulting in the game to crash to desktop before it can launch. The developers are working to resolve this; in the meantime, you may need to disable Real-Time Scanning function or Real-Time Protection function of your Anti-virus to play.

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

  • Go to Windows 10 settings
  • Click on Update & Security
  • Select Windows Security from the left sidebar
  • Click on Virus & threat protection
  • Under Virus & threat protection click on Manage settings
  • Under Exclusions click on Add or remove exclusions
  • Click on Add an exclusion
  • Select File
  • Select the .exe or executable file of It Takes Two which in this case should be ittakestwo.exe
  • Restart your PC

Corrupted or broken in-game files can be repaired easily

If I am not wrong, the PC version of It Takes Two is available on Steam and EA Desktop/Origin only for people to download. Here is how you can repair the game on multiple launchers:


  1. Open Origin
  2. Go to My Game Library
  3. Select It Takes Two
  4. Click on the Settings icon
  5. Select Repair


  1. Head over to your Steam Library
  2. Right click on It Takes Two
  3. Select Properties
  4. Click on the Local Files tab
  5. Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files

EA Desktop

  1. Start EA Desktop
  2. Go to “My Collection”
  3. Right Click on It Takes Two
  4. Select Repair
  5. Restart EA Desktop after the process is completed

EA Desktop users switch back to Origin

EA Desktop made its debut just a while ago. It is here to completely replace Origin, but not immediately. EA Desktop still has a lot of issues. A lot of games aren’t even compatible with this new launcher.

So it is best to switch back to Origin for the time being. It is true that Origin is lacking a lot of features, but you cannot deny the fact that it is way more stable than EA Desktop.

Try running the executable of It Takes Two as Admin

Try to run the executable file or exe file of It Takes Two as admin. Here is how to do it:

  1. Go to the Installation folder of It Takes Two
  2. Right Click on ittakestwo.exe
  3. Go to Compatibility tab
  4. Check “Run this program as an administrator”

Try re-installing It Takes Two (Only if no other method works)

If none of the fixes mentioned above work for you then re-installation is your last resort. Game installations go wrong all the time. A file might have gone corrupted during the installation process. And that might be the reason why the game is crashing for you. So do a fresh installation of the game once.

Before you go for the re-installation, make sure you empty your “Temp” folder.

  • Go to the Start menu on your Desktop.
  • Press the Windows key+R at the same time.
  • Type in %TEMP% and press Enter.
  • Select All (Edit > Select All or Ctrl+A).
  • Click the Delete key.

Wait for Patches from Hazelight Studios

It Takes Two is a brand-new title and is not a genre EA works with regularly. If I am not wrong, It Takes Two is probably the biggest game Hazelight Studios has made till date. So bugs are glitches are understandable at the moment. Hazelight Studios is a pretty small studio and doesn’t have a lot of developers working under. So be patient and give them some time. I am pretty sure that they will be releasing a patch to fix the crashing issues pretty soon.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing other problems with the game then try checking out our other guides on It Takes Two. Who knows, you might end up finding a fix.

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on March 26, 2021