Mortal Kombat 1: Won’t Launch and Crashing at Startup fix

This article will guide you on how to fix MK1 won’t Launch and Crash at Startup for both PC and PlayStation Consoles.

(PC) MK1 Won’t Launch, and Crashing at Startup fix

Here are some of the troubleshooting methods that you can try out if Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing at startup or not launching:-

Meeting System Requirements

Mk1 is highly optimized if you have a decent gaming system. But still, you need to double-check whether you are meeting the system requirements.

Mortal Kombat 1 System Requirements

Update Windows and Drivers

Always keep all your Core Drivers and Windows updated. Nowadays, most features and updates are not supported if you don’t have the latest version of Windows. Keep your system updated and never install unnecessary gimmicky gaming software, as those will maximize the causes of MK1 Crashes. Remember that the newer drivers will be better regarding compatibility issues and will also fix most of the Direct 3D or the Direct X Errors in MK1.

Download Drivers for Mortal Kombat 1 – Nvidia

  • Nvidia already released their Driver v537.34 specifically for Mortal Kombat 1. You can download the latest driver from Nvidia’s Website.

Mortal Kombat 1 Nvidia Driver

Download Drivers for Mortal Kombat 1 – AMD

  • AMD also released their latest Adrenalin 23.9.1 WHQL Recommended Drivers for the latest AAA titles you can download from AMD’s Website.

Mortal Kombat 1 C++ Runtime Error

If you are getting an error message after Mortal Kombat 1 crashes, that says:

The following components are required to run this program:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime

Would you like to install them now?

Mortal Kombat 1 Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Error

It means you just need to re-install Microsoft Visual Studio because there is a chance that it might not have been installed properly.

  1. Try downloading the latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio from the following link. Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable (x64).
  2. Once you have downloaded the file, right-click on vc_redist.x86.exe and select “Run as administrator.”
  3. Select the Install or the Repair button.
  4. Restart the computer when prompted.

Antivirus Softwares

Apparently, some Anti-Virus softwares are deleting the exe file of Mortal Kombat, causing people to get an error like this whenever they try to launch the game:

Mortal Kombat 1 crashing

Add the Mortal Kombat 1 executable files to your Antivirus Software exceptions list. You can also try pausing the protection when trying to run the game. Antivirus software occasionally prevents the game from running, installing, or patching properly. You might also have to disable the Real-Time Scanning Features on your Antivirus software.

Launch MK1 as an Admin

You can try launching the .exe file of MK1, which is MK12.exe, as an admin. Go to the Compatibility tab and check the option “Run this Program as an Administrator”.

How to run MK1 as administator

If you don’t know where to find the exe file.

  1. Go to your Steam Library.
  2. Select Mortal Kombat 1.
  3. Click on the “Gear” icon on the right side of your screen.
  4. Select Manage > Browse Local Files.

Verify the Integrity of Files

Because of some corrupted or partly downloaded files, Mortal Kombat 1 might fail to launch. You can easily verify the files on the Steam by following these simple steps.

  1. Firstly, open your Steam Library.
  2. Find the game Mortal Kombat 1.
  3. Right-click on it and select the Properties option.
  4. Click on Local Files from the left panel and select ‘Verify integrity of game files’.
  5. The verification process will take some time, so wait for a while. After it is done, restart Steam and try launching the game again.

(PS5 and PS4) MK1 Won’t Launch, and Crashing at Startup fix

If you are facing crashing or won’t launch issues with Mortal Kombat 1, these tips will help you. The developers have already taken notice of all these issues and will be fixing them in future updates and patches.

Update your Consoles

First and foremost, check if your Consoles are fully updated. Because otherwise, you will have a lot of issues while launching newer games.

If you have a PS4, then go to Settings and select System Software Update to update your last generation Playstation 4 Console.

If you have the latest PlayStation 5, go to Settings and select System Software. Click on the update system software and wait until the process is finished.

Clear Console Cache

Cache files eat up a lot of performance, and it is always recommended that you clear it every time before launching a newly installed game. You only need to switch off your console, keep it unplugged for 2 minutes, and then put it back on. This wipes off the entire Cached data that you have on your Console.

Check internet connection

Always ensure that your console is connected to the internet, or none of the games on your console will launch. Nowadays, Internet connectivity is mandatory if you own a console.

Find and Delete Corrupted Files

Maintain a habit of deleting corrupted files, as these are one of the primary reasons for crashing. To fix this, head to Storage > Saved Data > Select Mortal Kombat 1 and select the Delete option.

Try Rebuilding the Database [Try this at your own Risk]

This is one such fix that we recommend you do if you are aware of the technical aspects of a console. Here are the steps for rebuilding your Database completely.

  1. Turn off the console and unplug the power cord. Leave it like that for around 5 minutes.
  2. Hold the Power button after plugging in the cord, and you should hear a beep sound and one more beep at a 10-second interval.
  3. Once you get a display on the screen, you will be prompted to press the PS5 button on the controller.
  4. Select the Rebuild database options from a list of options and then Click on OK.
  5. Rebuilding the database takes a few minutes, depending on the Storage speed.
  6. After the process, try running the game again.
  7. Even though this is a risky process, it saves a lot of the time you would have to spend if you were to reinstall the whole Game.

If none of the above methods work, you can try reinstalling the game on your console, and it should solve all of your issues once and for all. We are still testing out the game, and we will update this article to add more about launching, crashing, and startup issues and its fixes for Mortal Kombat 1.

Mortal Kombat 1 support has also laid out an article regarding these issues. You can check it out here.

If you think this guide has helped, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, you can check out the other Mortal Kombat 1 guides on Frondtech. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on September 19, 2023

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