New World – Crashing at startup – Game won’t launch – How to fix

New World crashing and won’t launch – This guide contains some simple and basic fixes or solutions for PC users who are facing crashes or having trouble in trying to launch New World on PC via Steam.

New World – Crashing at startup – Game won’t launch – How to fix

One of the biggest releases of 2021, New World is finally here. You can now finally try it. But, only if you have pre-ordered the game. As of now, the Closed Beta version of New World is available. PC players who have pre-ordered New World on Steam are eligible for receiving access to the Closed Beta, and if everything goes according to the plan, “New World Closed Beta” will appear in your Steam Game Library. The Closed Beta of New World will run from July 20 at 9:30AM PT (4:30PM UTC) to August 2 at 11:59M PT (6:59AM UTC).

The problem is, people have already started experiencing many issues and errors, right from the Closed Beta. But if you ask me, I won’t call this a matter of concern. This is what betas are for, right? I am really happy that Amazon Games decided to release a beta, as this would help the developers get some actual feedback. And they would have enough time to fix the issues before the full version of the game releases.

Time to talk about the issues now. The game is crashing for a lot of PC users, and some are not even being able to launch or start the game. These problems somehow don’t surprise my anymore. In the last few years, issues like these have become extremely common in AAA titles. And let’s not forget, New World 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 in one place, so that players don’t have to check multiple sources for them.

How to fix the crashes and launch issues

Close this guide if you are using Windows 7

We have gone through this discussion plenty of times, and it should be clear by now that games that don’t have Windows 7 listed under their System Requirements, won’t launch on Windows 7. New World runs only on Windows 10 64-bit. This not something that I am saying. It is something that is written on its Steam page. Also, make sure that your PC is capable enough to handle New World without any issues. I am actually quite surprised to see that posts like these are still popping up:

Now, I know that a lot of you might say, ‘It worked fine on Windows 7, during the preview last year’. To that, I would like to say, the devs responded multiple times during the last preview that Windows 7 was not supported. People just got lucky on if it worked or not for them on Windows 7. They might add Windows 7 support later, but nothing has been promised.

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

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

Update – 09/20/2021

Nvidia has launched a new Game Ready Driver that provides optimal support for the New World. The version is 472.12. Install it and let me know in the comment section below, if the game’s performance has improved for you or not.

High GPU usage and CPU usage problems

So, I am speaking from my personal experience. So far, the only issue I have faced with New World Closed Beta is its absurd GPU usage. I haven’t witnessed any high CPU usage, though. But there are many people who are getting high CPU usage. I have tested the game on a RTX 2060 and on a RTX 3070, paired with a Ryzen 5 5600x. On the RTX 2060, the GPU usage was touching almost 90%, and the GPU temperature was reaching close to 85 degrees after few minutes of gameplay.

If I talk about my system, my Ryzen 5 5600x is liquid cooled and there are 5 extra cooling fans on my cabinet with enough ventilation. I keep my AC on almost all the time, so temperature levels like these are not normal for me. So, check whether your GPU or CPU is overheating or not. Because if they are, then New World would crash almost every time. I am hoping that this issue would get fixed soon, as there are a ton of posts like this popping up on the forums:

GPU 99% and 30 min wait time?
Well that’s not normal that my GPU is at full load in a queue and the 30 min wait time keeps going up, right?
Good news is, there is a workaround for this issue. But I am not sure whether this will work for everyone. The fix has been suggested by Steam user /Elysian(Kriffix):
High CPU Usage? High Temperatures? HERES my fix.

Hey, I use an 8700k, Intel i7, Gets very hot when playing New World.

Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Edit Plan Balanced
Change Advanced Power Settings
– Maximum Processor State
– Setting (%) (Might be 100%, make it 60%)

Test it, see how it goes.

Let me simplify it for Windows 10 users:

  1. Go to Windows 10 settings
  2. Click on System
  3. Select Power & Sleep from the left bar
  4. Click on ‘Additional power settings’, located on the right side
  5. Click on ‘Change plan settings’, beside Balanced (recommended)
  6. Select Change advanced power settings
  7. Click on Processor power management to expand the list
  8. Change ‘Setting (%)’ under Maximum process state to 60

Try to limit or cap the FPS of the game. It might fix your high GPU usage.

Try to run your CPU and GPU at default clock speeds

Use your default clock speeds if you are using an overclocked GPU/CPU. An unstable GPU or Processor could cause a lot of issues if it is not being able to draw enough power from the power supply unit.

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.


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

  • Disable Steam overlay or other overlays(GFE, AMD Adenalin, Discord, etc.,)
  • Run the NewWorld.exe as admin directly from the installation folder instead of launching the game via Steam(The .exe file is located inside the Bin64 folder)
  • Verify the files (Probably won’t do anything. Nothing wrong in trying though)
  • Re-install (The last thing you should try)

These are all the fixes that I have for now. One thing you have to remember, the game is still in Closed Beta, and there is a huge chance that these issues would get fixed before the full game releases. Give Amazon Games some time, and I am sure that they will fix the technical problems with few patches, soon. Check out the performance overview of New World on a RTX 2060 and Ryzen 5 5600x:

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more New World 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 October 19, 2022

4 thoughts on “New World – Crashing at startup – Game won’t launch – How to fix”

    1. Yeah, I am also stuck at playing this game on 60 fps on my 144hz monitor. But uncapping the frame rate is shooting the GPU temperature to 80+.

  1. Nope they didnt fix it at release, me and other friends still cant get the screen to come up at all after its launched tried all you said with no luck. Cant get into the game to change any frame rates.

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