Star Wars Squadrons – How to fix Stuttering and Freezing

Star Wars Squadrons Stuttering and Freezing fix – One of the most awaited gaming titles of 2020, Star Wars Squadrons, is finally out across all platforms. The game is a space combat game by Electronic Arts, set in the Star Wars universe. Players get to control a wide range of Galactic Empire and New Republic navy ships to defeat their opponents in combat. As players keep on earning more exp, they keep on unlocking new weapons, shields, upgrades and various cosmetic items for the pilot and their ship.

Now that the basic info about the game is out of the way, lets talk about how it performs on the PC platform. It looks like a lot of players are constantly facing issues while playing Squadrons on Windows. Here are some potential fixes.

Star Wars Squadrons – How to fix Stuttering and Freezing

Can your system handle Star Wars Squadrons?

Is your PC capable enough to run Star Wars Squadrons smoothly? The first thing you need to check, before you go ahead and try the fixes below, is whether the specifications of your PC are somewhat identical to the system requirements of the game. You need a Ryzen 7 2700X or an i7-7770 paired with a RX 570 or a GTX 1060 to play this game smoothly on 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. You also need a whopping 16 GB of RAM with that. If you want to check out the full requirements then you can visit any store page of Squadrons and you will find the list of requirements there.

Tweak the in-game graphics options of SW Squadrons

We are still fiddling with the graphics settings of Star Wars Squadrons. We will update this article as soon as we find the find best combination that will make the game run without any stuttering or freezing on our mediocre gaming rig. Here are the specifications of our test rig:

  • CPU : Intel i5 9400F
  • GPU : Zotac GTX 1660
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 3000mhz
  • OS : Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Driver : GeForce Game Ready Driver v456.55

Update : Click here to check out the complete graphics settings guide for Star Wars Squadrons.

Upgrade your DirectX version

If Star Wars Squadrons is freezing for you, there is a chance that it is because you are running a DirectX version that is lower than DirectX 11.1.

How to check the DirectX version on your PC

Here is how to check the DirectX version that your OS is running:

  1. Press Ctrl+R or Windows key+R on your keyboard
  2. Type “dxdiag” and press Enter
  3. A dialog box will appear and at the bottom of the list your DirectX version will show up

How to download the latest DirectX version

  1. Go to the official Microsoft DirectX download page. Here is the link
  2. Choose language
  3. Now click on the download button
  4. Once the download is completed, open the “dxwebsetup.exe” file
  5. Follow the instructions
  6. Restart your PC

Use Windows 10 Game Mode

Game mode prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications and it also helps your system towards achieving more stable frame rates depending on the specific game and system.

How to turn on Game Mode

Here is how to turn on Game Mode:

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Select Gaming
  4. Now select Game Mode for the side bar
  5. Turn Game Mode On

Disable overlays


The in-game overlay of Origin is known to cause freezes and stutters in games. So the best option is to disable it. Here is how:

  1. Launch Origin
  2. Click on the Origin option located at the top-left corner
  3. Select Application Settings
  4. Click on the Origin In-Game tab
  5. Turn Off “Enable Origin In-Game”

EA Desktop

  1. Launch EA Desktop
  2. Click on the ‘icon with three lines’, located on the top-left corner of the launcher
  3. Select Application Settings
  4. Click on the Application tab
  5. Turn off “Enable EA Desktop in-game overlay”


The Steam Overlay is recently causing problems in a lot of games. Try turning it off.

  1. Go to you Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Star Wars Squadrons
  3. Select Properties
  4. Under the General tab, check the box next to Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game

Nvidia GeForce Experience

  1. Launch Nvidia Geforce Experience
  2. Click on the Settings icon on the top right corner
  3. Select the General Tab
  4. Turn of In-Game Overlay
  5. Restart your system

Terminate useless background applications and services

Users end up installing a lot of applications gradually. Multiple launchers and utilities that keep on running in the background. A lot of you might not have any idea, but there are many applications that often tend to eat up a huge chunk of RAM and CPU without you knowing anything about it. Windows 10 is filled with stuff running in the background that most of us don’t even need. As a result they start witnessing stutters and freezes in almost every game.

So check whether you have useless applications running in the background or not. You can also decide which applications you want to automatically start when you boot your system and prevent the useless ones from starting.

  • Open Task Manager
  • Click on the Startup tab
  • Keep the applications that are important, Enabled
  • Disable the rest
  • Restart your PC

Disable Xbox Game Bar and Win10 Background Recording

The Xbox game bar and the Captures tool on Windows 10 often tend to take up a lot of resources. The Game bar actually has a lot of plugins running at the same time and the Background Recording feature always records in the background while you are playing any game. So turning them off would immediately give you a boost. Here is how to do it:

Background Recording

  1. Open Windows Settings
  2. Click on Gaming
  3. Select Captures
  4. Turn off Background Recording

Game Bar

  1. Open Windows Settings
  2. Click on Gaming
  3. Select Xbox Game Bar
  4. Turn it off

These are all the fixes we have at the moment for people for whom Star Wars Squadrons is stuttering and freezing. We will be adding more soon. Until then, check out what people are up to over the forums. Links are below.

  • Here is a link to the Official Forum of Star Wars Squadrons.
  • Click here to check out the Official Steam Discussions page of Star Wars Squadrons.

If you are experiencing crashes in Star War Squadrons then check out this guide.

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 Star Wars Squadrons. Who knows, you might end up finding a fix.

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on October 1, 2020

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