How to Fix Resident Evil Village Launch Issues, Stuttering, Performance and Crashes

Resident Evil Village launch has seen highest number of concurrent players on Steam in the franchise. Although Resident Evil Village seems like a solid PC port, some of the players are reporting different kinds of bugs, glitches and performance issues.

Resident Evil Village Fixes for Errors, Crashes and Bugs

If you’re one of those players and are looking to fix your issues with Resident Evil Village, we’re here to help you out with this guide where we’ll be showing you how you can fix different bugs, crashes and errors in Resident Evil Village.

How to Fix Resident Evil Village Stuttering

Stuttering is a major problem being faced by a lot of players in Resident Evil Village. We have an extensive separate guide that tells you how to resolve the stuttering issues for Resident Evil Village. So you should check that out.

Resident Evil Village Not Launching Fixes

If you are unable to launch Resident Evil Village, you can try out the following fixes:

Disable your Anti-Virus
According to the developers themselves, the first thing you should do if your Resident Evil Village isn’t launching for you is to add an exception for the game in your Anti-Virus software or or just disable it all-together.

Adding an exception for the game is the more convenient option as it’ll allow you to keep your Anti-Virus on while you play the game.

You have to add an exception for the following files in your Anti-Virus software to fix your issue.

  • re8.exe Default Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Resident Evil Village BIOHAZARD VILLAGE
  • Steam.exe Default Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
  • Steam AppData Default Location: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Steam

If you’re using Windows Bitdefender as your Anti-Virus program, you’ll also need to add the game’s .exe file to Bitdefender’s whitelist. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Open Bitdefender
  • Go to the Protection tab
  • Click “View Feature”
  • Click the gear icon inside the “Advanced Thread Defense” box
  • Select “Add applications to the whitelist”
  • Browse and navigate to the .exe file
  • Once the .exe file is added, close Bitdefender and relaunch the game

Run the game with Administrator Privileges
Another easy way to get Resident Evil Village to finally start launching is to first run Steam.exe in administrator mode. You can do this by right-clicking the .exe file and clicking “Run as administrator”.

Then, run the game itself in administrator mode in the same way. This should hopefully launch the game.

Verify the Integrity of Game Files
There might be a problem with some of your game files which can cause your game to not be able to launch. You can fix this by verifying the integrity of your game files.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Open up Steam and go to your library.
  • Right Click on Resident Evil Village and select Properties.
  • In this window, click on the Local Files tab to the left.
  • Select ‘Verify integrity of game files’.

This will take a few minutes. Once it’s done, re-launch the game and see if it works now.

Rollback Your Graphics Card Drivers
According to several users on the Resident Evil Village Steam forum, installing an old NVIDIA driver has fixed their issue of the game not launching.

So if you have an NVIDIA driver and all of your other efforts to fix this issue have failed, you can try installing this old driver to see if it works.

This driver is from 2016, so it’ll cause performance issues in your other games; but if you really want to play Resident Evil Village but aren’t able to because of the crashes, you might as well try this method.

Resident Evil Village Crash Fix

It seems like the Steam and NVIDIA/AMD overlays are causing Resident Evil Village to crash for a lot of users, so make sure to turn your overlays off if you’re experiencing crashes.

Not only will this fix your crashing issue, it will also give a boost to your game’s performance as these overlays eat up quite a bit of your CPU and GPU’s power in the background while you’re playing your game.

You can turn off your overlay using NVIDIA GeForce Experience/AMD Radeon Software.

Resident Evil Village Cutscene Issues Fix

If you’re experiencing some video playback issues during the cutscenes in Resident Evil Village, you can try installing Microsoft’s Media Feature Pack from the following links to fix this problem.

  • Windows 8 or newer:
  • Windows 7 series:

Resident Evil Village Performance Issues Fixes

Make Sure you Meet the System Requirements
Before you do anything else, take a look at the system requirements of Resident Evil Village and make sure you actually meet them. If you don’t even meet the minimum system requirements, you won’t be able to do much about the performance issues.

The minimum system requirements of Resident Evil Village are:

  • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel Core i5-7500
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560 with 4GB VRAM / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 12

The recommended system requirements of Resident Evil Village are:

  • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • CPU : AMD Ryzen 5 3600 / Intel Core i7 8700
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5700 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • DirectX: Version 12

Use your Laptop’s Dedicated GPU
High-end laptops nowadays have two separate GPUs. One of these is a weak GPU that’s supposed to be used for regular tasks while the other is a high-power GPU which is to be used for gaming and video editing etc.

Laptops switch between these two GPUs automatically, so when you’re gaming you’re using your high-power GPU; but sometimes your power-saving settings can cause your laptop to not switch over. If this happens, you’ll see a drastic decrease in your game’s performance.

To prevent this from ever happening, follow these steps to make it so your laptop uses its more powerful GPU whenever you’re playing Resident Evil Village.

  • Open up the NVIDIA GeForce Control Panel and go to the “Manage 3D Options” tab.
  • Select “Program Settings” and then scroll through the list of applications until you find Resident Evil Village.
  • Select the game and then click on the performance/high-power mode to always use your high-power GPU when you’re playing the game.

Close All Background Applications
An easy way to squeeze more FPS out of Resident Evil Village is to close all unnecessary background applications while you play the game.

This includes app like your browser, Discord, Spotify etc. If you have these apps open in the background, they’ll be eating up your CPU’s power while you play the game, which will hinder your performance. So, try to keep everything in the background closed while you play the game.