Sniper Elite 5 Won’t Launch and Crashing at Startup – How to fix

Sniper Elite 5 Won’t launch and Crashing – Sniper Elite 5  is a third-person tactical shooter game based on stealth and engagement mechanics. The game has been published and developed by Rebellion Developments. It is mainly a sequel to the already famous Sniper Elite 4, and this is their fifth instalment in the Series.

The Sniper Elite Series is primarily known for its highly unique gunplay, with the game’s core feature focusing on bullet-time Slow motion. Such advanced weapon handling and shooting made the Sniper Elite Series viral among Third-person Shooter fans. You can assassinate high-ranking Nazi Generals and perform different trick shots to take down the enemies. You will also be tasked with gathering enemy intel on large and open maps.

This highly anticipated game will be available on PC and consoles, and Sniper Elite 5 will be sticking to its core elements that made this franchise a vast success. Rebellion plans to extend and improve the game’s overall experience in this instalment.

Although some players on Steam [Game release postponed on EPIC] reported that they are constantly facing crashing and launch issues with the game. Since many people face the same problems, here is a list of recommendations that you can try to fix the annoying crashing and launch issues with the new Sniper Elite 5 Game.

How to Fix Sniper Elite 5 won’t start and crashing issues

These are some of the recommended tips and tricks for fixing Sniper Elite 5 won’t Start and Crash at the start.

Check if you meet the minimum system requirements.

Double-check if you meet the minimum system requirements to run Sniper Elite 5.

Minimum PC Requirements

Processor – Intel Core i3-8100 Processor or AMD Equivalent
OS – Windows 10 (Requires a 64-bit operating System)
Graphics – 4GB GPU with DirectX 12 Support
Memory – 8GB RAM
Storage – 85GB Disk Space

Recommended PC Requirements

Processor – Intel Core i5-8400 Processor or AMD Equivalent
OS – Windows 10/ Windows 11 (Requires a 64-bit operating System)
Graphics – 6GB GPU with DirectX 12 Support
Memory – 16GB RAM
Storage – 85GB Disk Space

Make sure you have the latest Windows 10/ Windows 11 Service Pack installed

Rebellion has explicitly stated that to run Sniper Elite 5, you should necessarily run the latest version of Windows 10 or 11 and the latest Service pack installed. Please note that the game won’t run or launch if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. Having a 64bit OS is mandatory. I am currently running Windows 10 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706 on my Primary Gaming PC and Windows 11 Version 21H2 Build 22000.708 on my secondary Gaming Laptop. Both of them successfully managed to launch Sniper Elite 5 flawlessly.

To see which Windows build you are currently on, type winver on your Windows Search Bar and click on the first application that shows up on top. The “About Windows” box should pop up. You can check your Windows version and OS Build details there.

Check to see if there are any pending updates. Type Windows Update on the Search bar and click on the first application. Once the window opens, click on the Check for new updates and it will download and install any pending updates. Try rerunning the game to check if you still face the launch issues.

Make sure you have the latest Graphics Drivers installed

A Game Ready driver version 512.95 is already available for Nvidia users for Sniper Elite 5. You can directly update your driver from the Geforce Experience application. Nvidia users can also download the standalone Driver by clicking here.

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You can find the latest Adrenaline driver for AMD users by clicking here. Alternatively, you can use the AMD Auto Detect Utility software to download the latest AMD Graphics Drivers.

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Get rid of all the overlays.

Even after such technical advancements both on a software and hardware level, many games are still not compatible with Game overlays. So this is how you can disable game overlays

  • STEAM – Head over to the Settings and uncheck “Enables the Steam Overlay while in Game.”
  • DISCORD – Head over to the User Settings and Toggle off the Overlay
  • NVIDIA GEFORCE EXPERIENCE – Go to Settings, head over to the General, and then toggle the In-game overlay off.
  • XBOX GAME BAR – Press Windows + G to bring up the Xbox Bar and get to settings when you are in-game. Uncheck “Record in the background while I’m playing a Game”.

Verify Integrity of the Files

Since the game is available on the Steam platform for PC, open your Steam Game Client, right-click on the game and select properties, and a dialogue box will open. Click on the Local Files tab and click on “Verify Integrity of Game Files”.

Unplug any 3rd party Peripherals

Sometimes 3rd, incompatible party peripherals can cause conflicts which result in crashes. Plug out all the unnecessary peripherals except the mouse and the keyboard.

Update your Microsoft Visual Studio

In trying to start Sniper Elite 5, if you are getting errors like “vcruntime140_1.dll missing” or “MSVCP140.dll was not found”, you are missing the correct version of Visual Studio. Try downloading and installing the latest version of the Visual C++ redistributable again by clicking here.

Is Sniper Elite 5 Whitelisted on your Anti-virus software

If you are using a third-party Anti-Virus software, it is preventing Sniper Elite from launching. I’m sure you’re aware of the term “false positive”. Anti-Virus softwares today are extremely heavy, and having false positive alarms are pretty standard for them. Just disable your Anti-Virus software temporarily, and try launching Sniper Elite 5. If you see that the game is still crashing at startup immediately, then the Antivirus software is not the issue.

If you are using Windows Defender, follow these steps to add Sniper Elite 5 to its list of exclusions.

  1. Go to Windows 10 settings
  2. Click on Update & Security
  3. Select Windows Security from the left sidebar
  4. Click on Virus & threat protection
  5. Under Virus & threat protection, click on Manage settings
  6. Under Exclusions, click on Add or remove exclusions
  7. Click on Add an exclusion
  8. Select Files
  9. Browse your way to the location where you have installed Sniper Elite 5
  10. Select sniperelite5.exe
  11. Now, add another file
  12. Go to the location where you have installed Steam
  13. Add steam.exe
  14. Restart your PC

Launch Sniper Elite 5 game directly from the installation directory

Instead of launching the game from Steam, go to the location where you have installed the game. Launch the game directly by double-clicking on sniperelite5.exe. Try launching the game as an admin. Right-click on sniperelite5.exe and select Run as administrator.

Reinstall Sniper Elite 5 on a different drive

If nothing works, reinstalling might be your last resort before sending a Steam ticket. Uninstall the game altogether, leaving no traces, and fresh reinstall on a different drive and restart your PC.

Contact Steam Support

Your last resort is to submit a Steam Help or Steam Support ticket.

So this was all about Sniper Elite 5 Won’t Launch or Crashing at Startup fix recommendations.


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Last Updated on May 26, 2022

1 thought on “Sniper Elite 5 Won’t Launch and Crashing at Startup – How to fix”

  1. Robert Kirkpatrick

    FIX THE FREEZING FOR SNIPER ELTE 5 ON XBOX ONE, CONSTANTLY FREEZING, INCOMPETENT PPL , 8XS IN 1 DAY ON MY XBOX ONE, IM GLAD I DID NIT BUY SUCH A UNDER RATED GAME, TERRIBLE FREEZE AND CRASH…GAME ISN’T WORTH BUYING IF FREEZING AND CRASHING OCCUR

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