Teardown is Crashing at Startup – Game won’t launch

Teardown crashing and won’t launch – Games these days don’t come without bugs and glitches. Same is the case with Teardown. A lot of players have been complaining lately, that the game is crashing at launch for them. While some couldn’t even get the game to start. And this problem has nothing to do with their PC hardware. That is why we decided to put all the fixes recommended by the developers in one place, so that players don’t have to check multiple sources for them.

Teardown is Crashing at Startup – Game won’t launch

Before you proceed further into this guide, you have to remember that Teardown is a very demanding title. Due to the heavy use of physics and the nature of the game there is no way to guarantee smooth frame rate at all times regardless of hardware. With that being said, the game should not have any issues running on the latest graphics cards that support OpenGL 4.5. Full Requirements here. Personally I use a RTX 2060 Super paired with an Intel Core i5 9400F and 16GB RAM, which gives 60 FPS in most situations. It will run on slower hardware, but you might experience performance issues. Here are the fixes that I recommend.

How to fix the crashing and launch issues in Teardown

Whitelist Teardown on your Anti-Virus Software

If you go and look at the Steam discussions page of Teardown, you will notice that a lot of people have posted about how their Anti-virus software is labeling the executable or the .exe file of the game as virus, as a result blocking it.

Anti-Virus software hooks very deep into user systems and can affect disk and network operations which can cause crashes in games. Some games also use copy protection technology that can appear as malicious software to an AV scanner, resulting in potential false-positive alerts. Try disabling your Anti-Virus software temporarily and then run the game. It may also be necessary to add exceptions for Teardown in your Anti-virus configuration.

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

Eliminate software that create conflict with the game

Avoid running any software that injects into Vulkan drivers (Reshade, various capturing software such as Mirillis).

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

Make sure you have Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installed. If you don’t, you can install it from here.

Verify integrity of game files

  1. Via Steam open your game Library.
  2. Right click on the game title and select “Properties”
  3. Select the “LOCAL FILES” tab and click on “VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES…”
  4. Start a game session

Other fixes

  • Confirm that your Windows operating system is fully up-to-date. At this time, Teardown is only available for Windows 10.
  • Some of your PC files may have become corrupt. Please attempt to use the System File Checker to see if it can fix them.
  • You may have a conflict with your audio source or your sound card drivers. If you are using a headset or external speakers, then try unplugging them temporarily. You can also attempt to uninstall and then reinstall your Realtek drivers.

Fix suggested by developers

Some have reported that the game crashes when they use quick save, or in any other situation where the game tries to write to the users Documents folder.
The cause of this issue seems to be that Windows Defender has “controlled folder access” enabled. Disabling “controlled folder access” in Windows Defender should resolve the issue.
There might be other software (like antivirus and such) that does the same thing. If you have this problem and disabling “controlled folder access” in Windows Defender doesn’t help, please check if any other installed antivirus software is doing something similar.
A guide to enabling/disabling “controlled folder access” in Windows Defender:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/allow-a-blocked-app-in-windows-security-b5b6627a-b008-2ca2-7931-7e51e912b034

Deepguard seems to also be causing this issue.

These are all the fixes we have at the moment for people for whom Teardown is crashing and won’t launch. We will be adding more soon.


If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, If you have some fixes that are guaranteed to work then also you can comment below. We will put it on this article. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on November 1, 2020

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