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Watch Dogs 2- PC crashes, errors, bugs, 0xc00007b issue, black screen, stuttering, fps drops, lags and other performance fixes




Watch Dogs 2, the most awaited open world fictional hacking game of the year is now available for PC and Consoles. This is the sequel to 2014’s award winning game Watch Dogs, and is currently receiving good reviews overall. Like many other modern day PC game releases, this game is also suffering from few glitches and bugs at launch. While some issues may specifically require an official patch by Ubisoft, here are few workarounds for some common issues that may help you to get started with the game. Before moving on, have a good look at the PC requirements below. Important to note is that the game requires a minimum of 6 gigs of RAM for a smooth play.

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2400s @ 2.5 GHz, AMD FX 6120 @ 3.5 GHz or better
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 with 2 GB VRAM or AMD Radeon HD 7870, with 2 GB VRAM or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible using the latest drivers

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2 GHz, AMD FX 8120 @ 3.9 GHz
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 | AMD Radeon R9 290, with 3GB VRAM or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible using the latest drivers

1. Watch Dogs 2 PC- Crash at startup/ CTD/ Game not responding/ APPCRASH/ Black screen fix:-

  • Update your Nvidia and AMD drivers to the latest versions.
  • Disable antivirus/firewall or add game to the exception list of the antivirus software.
  • ‘Verify Integrity of Game Cache on Steam’ which may fix any errors due to game files corruption or game installation problems.
  • Disable all recording softwares like Fraps, MSI AfterBurner, D3DGear etc. They may conflict with your DirectX Direct3D settings resulting in a crash.
  • If your game is crashing while going full screen, try playing in windowed mode.
  • Black screen issue- Well this issue can be due to lot of reasons. First of all, you should check that the in-game resolution matches the resolution supported by your display device so that there should not be any conflict. If you are using HDMI, try unplugging the HDMI cable from TV and launch the game. Wait a few mins before replugging the HDMI cable back into the TV. Also check that the game and screen refresh rate matches each other and set as 60Hz.
  • Registry clean using CCleaner can also fix some of the crashes. You can download CCleaner from here.
  • For any DLL error or APPCRASH issue, it is recommended to do a clean install of Directx. Or, you can download the missing DLLs from here and paste them in the game directory.


2. Watch Dogs 2 PC- Low FPS/ Stuttering/ freezes/ lags fixes:-

  • Updating your Nvidia and AMD GPU drivers is a must.
  • If you are facing optimization issues, severe lags or stutters; you can try turning down shadows, MSAA and adjust other graphics settings. Updated GPU drivers is mandatory.
  • For AMD users, disable Raptr from task manager. Disable any other intensive applications that may be running in background. Also try setting ‘Tessellation mode’ to 8x/16x and 'Texture Filtering Quality' to Performance from your latest Crimson edition Radeon software to fix frame rate drops.
  • For Nvidia users, go into your control panel 3d settings. Make sure that ‘Power Management Mode’ option should be set to ‘Prefer Maximum Performance’.
  • If you are experiencing screen flickering or frame-pacing issues, disable Crossfire/SLI and run the game using a single GPU. Also, disable Steam Overlay by right clicking the game in Steam Library and then go to Game Properties.
  • Turn off all overlaying softwares and disable any recording softwares like Fraps, D3DGear, MSI Afterburner etc.
  • Disable third party background apps and set High Priority for the game in Task Manager. Disable any kind of overclocking.

3. Watch Dogs 2 PC- Error code 0xc00007b fix:-

  • This issue can be solved by a clean reinstall of DirectX. Make sure that you properly remove all old DirectX files before going for reinstallation.
  • If that doesn’t work, try reinstalling .NET Framework from here and restart your PC.

4. Watch Dogs 2 PC- Error code 0xa0000001 fix:-

This error is mostly resulted from a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) crash. Usually, AMD card owners tend to be it’s victim. If you are among those, make sure that your GPU is not overheating and also, update you card with the latest drivers. Sometimes, a clean re-installation of latest drivers may also help.



Heads Up: Watch Dogs 2 is available on Steam for $59.99.

Contact the author at amit@forceclaw.com

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