Iron Harvest Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops: Fix

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Iron Harvest is one of the classic real-time strategy games that offer both the single & multiplayer mode. It’s a newly released game on September 1, 2020, developed by KING Art and published by Deep Silver. Although the game is quite new and the reviews are mostly positive on Steam (Windows users), some of the PC users are still encountering a couple of common issues with the game like performance issues, crashes, stuttering, etc. Are you one of them? Check out the steps to fix Iron Harvest Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops.

As we always mention that most of the PC games do come with plenty of bugs and errors whether the game is new or old. Even after receiving the patch fixes, plenty of PC gamers have some issues with the game launching or errors or crashes or server connectivity issues, etc. However, these so-called common issues can appear multiple times and prevents you to play or even launch the game properly. So, it’s better to manually try to resolve the bugs by following the troubleshooting guide below.

Why Does Iron Harvest Keep Crashing?

We can assume that there are multiple reasons behind the Iron Harvest crashing issue whenever players trying to launch the game or in the gameplay on PC. So, check out some of the possible reasons below that may cause crashing the game.

Iron Harvest Crashing at Startup, Won't Launch, or Lags with FPS drops: Fix

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  • Restarting your PC can mostly resolve the crashing issue. So, exit the game first and then reboot the system.
  • Maybe your PC/Laptop configuration isn’t compatible with the game’s system requirements. Not aware of the game requirements whether it’s compatible with your PC or not, check out the system requirements below.
  • It’s possible that Iron Harvest game files are either corrupted or missing.
  • Windows OS or graphics drivers can be outdated.
  • The DirectX version isn’t updated.
  • Sometimes the game version or the client has pending updates which can cause issues.
  • Due to some of the background running apps, it can possible that your system getting overloaded because of the higher CPU/Memory usage.
  • The Antivirus program or Windows Firewall is maybe blocking the game to run properly.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 x64
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 or AMD equivalent, 4 GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 x64
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 8700k or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD equivalent, 4 GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

Iron Harvest Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops: Fix

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 Iron Harvest game. So, if in case, you haven’t updated your graphics driver yet, do this first.

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
  • 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 Methodto 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 Game Files via Steam

Iron Harvest gamers on Steam client can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account
  • You can find the Iron Harvest game there
  • 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.

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 Iron Harvest game to check whether it’s crashing at startup or not.

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

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