How to Fix Prototype 2 Crash on Startup on Windows

Prototype 2 is an open-world action-adventure based video game launched in 2012 that was developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Activision. It’s a sequel to Prototype (2009) and available for Microsoft Windows, Xbox, etc. Though the game offers quite good graphics and gameplay with interesting missions, some of the Windows users may find it difficult to even run the game or launch the game. If you’re also one of them and facing a similar issue then check the steps on how to fix Prototype 2 crash on startup on Windows.

No wonders, most of the PC games always come with some of the errors or bugs that can easily ruin the gameplay experience. However, most of the issues are due to a couple of common reasons that we have mentioned below. Additionally, PC gamers can experience multiple issues like a graphical glitch, blurry visuals, black screen, lags, frame drops, stuck at the loading screen, and more. So, if you’re also one of the victims, ensure to check out some of the possible requirements before heading over to the troubleshooting guide.

Now, make sure to check whether the Windows OS or graphics version is updated to its latest version or not. Meanwhile, some times it can also possible that your game version or the client version isn’t up to date and that’s why the game isn’t running well or crashing randomly. Most importantly, ensure to check the system requirements of the game.

How to Fix Prototype 2 Crash on Startup on Windows

Why Does Prototype 2 Keep Crashing?

There could a couple of reasons behind the Prototype 2 crashing on your PC that we’ve mentioned below.

  1. Your PC configuration isn’t compatible with the minimum requirements of the game.
  2. Some of the game files are missing or corrupted.
  3. An outdated graphics driver or Windows OS version.
  4. Issues with the DirectX version.
  5. Overlay apps or game client can be the issue.
  6. Adjust graphics settings.
  7. Windows Firewall or Antivirus program is blocking the game.
  8. Troubleshoot internet connection.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz, AMD Phenom X3 8750
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB available space
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512 MB RAM
  • DirectX: 9.0c
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound Card
  • Supported Input Devices: Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox 360 Controller

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.7 GHz or better, AMD Phenom II X4 3 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB) or better, ATI Radeon HD 5850 (1GB) or better

How to Fix Prototype 2 Crash on Startup on Windows

Now, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into the steps below. Keep in mind that both the Nvidia and AMD graphics drivers are well optimized for the Prototype 2 game. So, if in case, you haven’t updated your graphics driver yet, do this first.

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1. Update Graphics Drivers

If you’re using the Nvidia graphics card then update the GeForce Experience app on your PC from the Nvidia official site here. But if you’re using the AMD graphics card on your system, then update the latest AMD Drivers from here.

2. Disable Steam Overlay

  • Open Steam on your Windows.
  • Head over to the Settings > Click on the In-Game option.
  • Click on the checkbox to disable “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game“.
  • Once the checkbox mark is removed, click on OK.

3. Adjust Discord Settings

  • Launch Discord > Click on User Settings.
  • Select Voice & Video from the left sidebar.
  • Scroll down a bit and click on the Advanced.
  • Next, disable OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco System, Inc.
  • Then disable Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority.
  • Now, go to Overlay.
  • You can also turn off the in-game overlay.
  • Next, head over to Appearance.
  • Go to Advanced.
  • Disable Hardware Acceleration.
  • Once done, restart the system.

4. Adjust Nvidia Control Panel Settings

  • Click on Adjust image settings with preview under 3D settings.
  • Select Use the advanced 3D image settings.
  • Next, launch the Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Click on Manage 3D settings > Go to Global Settings.
  • Additionally, you can also adjust some of the other options:
    • Disable Image Sharpening
    • Enable Threaded Optimization
    • Use Maximum Performance for Power Management
    • Turn off Low Latency Mode
    • Set Texture Filtering Quality to Performance mode

5. Change AMD Control Panel Settings

  • Go to Global Graphics.
    • Turn off Radeon Anti-Lag
    • Turn off Radeon Boost
    • Use Application settings for Anti-Aliasing Mode
    • Set Anti-aliasing Method to Multi-sampling
    • Turn off Morphological Filtering
    • Disable Image Sharpening
    • Turn off Anisotropic Filtering
    • Use Performance mode for Texture Filtering Quality
    • You can also enable Surface Format Optimization
    • AMD Optimization for the Tesselation Mode
    • Wait for V-sync – Turn it off
    • Use AMD optimization for the Shader Cache
    • Disable OpenGL Triple Buffering
    • Turn off Maximum Tesselation Level
    • Set Graphics for the GPU Workload
    • Turn off the Radeon Chill
    • Disable Frame Rate Target Control

6. Verify Prototype 2 Game Files via Steam Client

The Prototype 2 gamers on Steam can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account.
  • You can find the Prototype 2 game here.
  • Right-click on the game and click on Properties
  • Select the Local Files tab
  • Then click on Verify Integrity of Game Files
  • Wait for the process and then restart the game to check whether the issue has been fixed or not.

7. Uninstall Recent Windows 10 Update

A couple of days ago, Microsoft has released a new update for Windows 10 with KB4535996. So, this particular cumulative update for Windows 10 is quite buggy and causing so many errors or problems.

  • Go to Start menu > Click on Settings
  • Next, go to Update and Security
  • Click on View update history
  • Now, if you can see that there is an update having KB4535996 has been already installed. Make sure to uninstall it.
  • Here you will see Uninstall updates option on the top of the page.
  • Click on it and select the mentioned cumulative update version.
  • Right-click on it > Select Uninstall.
  • It may take some time to delete that update and your system may restart automatically.
  • Have some patience and you can also manually reboot your Windows PC (if required).

8. Remove Temporary Files

  • Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN program.
  • Now, type %temp% and press enter
  • You will get a bunch of temporary files on a page.
  • Select all files by pressing Ctrl + A on the keyboard.
    Next, press Shift + Delete on the keyboard to remove all the files.
  • Some times some of the temporary files can’t be deleted. So, leave them as it is and close it.

9. Set Default CPU and Graphics Speed

As most of the users always want to use ultra-high performance from the CPU and GPU from the very first day. So, most of the users either buy an overclocked version or manually increased the overclocking speed. So, if you’ve also overclocked your GPU speed and after doing that you’re experiencing bottleneck or lagging or crashing related issues, just set it to default mode.

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You can also use the MSI Afterburner tool or Zotac firestorm application in order to lower the clocking speed. Once done, you can run the Prototype 2 game and check if the problem is fixed or not.

That’s it. We hope this guide was useful to you. You can comment below for any queries.

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