How to Fix Rust Keeps Crashing Issue?

Is your Rust constantly crashing? Well, worry no more! We’ve got some of the best solutions and fixes that have helped players all over the globe. Rust is an online-multiplayer survival game, where you gather materials from the wilderness to essentially stay alive. All the whilst, you must be aware of PvP encounters and fend yourself off on your own or with your friends.

Rust’s developers have been amazing by constantly providing updates and patches, but several users are still saying that Rust keeps crashing. Hence, this may be more of an issue on your part or some problem with the games’ installation files. Whatever the reason may be, we’re here to help you pinpoint the issue so you can get your game back up and running.

How To Fix Rust Keeps Crashing?

The most common reasons why users face crashes are due to outdated drivers or faulty file installation in the game’s directory. Below we’ve listed several methods that have helped many users like you prevent Rust from crashing. Check them out!

Method 1: Update Your Graphics Drivers

Rust has been around for quite some time, 2013 to be exact. Hence, it’s unlikely that you may even need the latest drivers to play this game. However, the game is being constantly patched and there may be certain features that are only compatible with the latest graphics drivers. To download the latest drivers, you have two options.

You can either visit the download page of your graphics card manufacturer and download the driver update manually or you can use Windows Device Manager to download and install the updates. If you decide to go with the first option, here are the driver download pages for the most common GPUs: Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Gigabyte. To update through Device Manager, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Device Manager by searching for it from your Start Menu.
  2. Next, expand the “Display Adapters” arrow, and select your graphics driver. (If you have two display drivers installed, usually NVIDIA and Intel, select NVIDIA graphics).
  3. Right-click your display driver and click “Update Driver”.
  4. A new window will open, select “Search automatically for drivers”. If you did have any pending driver updates, Windows will automatically download and install them from the internet.

After Windows has installed your new driver updates, restart your computer to make sure that the changes have been applied properly. If you want an even easier way to download and manage the latest drivers, you can try out the automatic updaters that are available for different graphics card manufacturers. To name a few: NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, AMD’s Radeon Software, and Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant.

Method 2: Check Installation File Integrity (Steam)

It’s possible that Rust’s game files may have been corrupted or misplaced during the installation process or during updates and is the probable reason why your Rust keeps crashing. Luckily for us, Steam has a built-in file integrity checker. This feature basically lets you scan through the entirety of the game’s directory and check if there are any missing or faulty files. To do this, follow the simple steps listed below:

  1. Go to your Steam games library.
  2. Right-click on Rust. When the drop-down menu appears, select “Properties”.
  3. A Properties window for the game will now open. Select the Local Files tab and click on “Verify Integrity of Game Files…”
  4. Steam will now perform a scan to check the integrity of the files.

If everything is installed correctly, it will read “All files validated successfully”. In the case that you have any missing or corrupt files, Steam will automatically download and install them. If Rust keeps crashing still, we recommend you do a complete re-install of the game.

Method 3: Make Sure You Meet The System Requirments

Rust is an older game so it will generally run fairly well on even low-end graphics cards. You’ll even average 30-45 FPS on most mobile laptop GPU’s such as the 940MX, 930M, etc. However, if you’re playing on an ancient machine with Intel HD graphics you’ll have a hard time trying to run this game. In fact, in most cases, your GPU and CPU will throttle which evidently force crashes your game. Below we’ve listed the general minimum and recommended system requirements needed to run Rust smoothly.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better
  • Memory: 10 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

Recommended Requirments:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

Ensure that you meet at least the minimum requirements to have a smooth experience whilst playing this game. Moreover, Steam specifically recommends that you use an SSD(Solid State Drive) for storage. An HDD tends to have extremely long load times, especially for a game like Rust.

Method 4: Free Up Hard-Drive Space

You might not realize the amount of storage space games takes up over time. If you’re running low on hard-drive space, games will start to load very slowly and sometimes even crash upon starting it. The general rule of thumb is that you should leave 15% to 20% free space on your hard-drive. Moreover, you can use Windows built-in “Disk Cleanup” app to clear up any unwanted files.

Final Words:

We hope that at least one of the above-mentioned methods had helped you get your game back up and running. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below. We’ll gladly assist you.

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