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Fix: Project Wingman Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops

Project Wingman is one of the flight combat action game which comes in a single-player mode and has been recently launched, developed by Sector D2 and published by Sector D2 & Humble Games. The game is available for the Microsoft Windows platform only as of now and it seems that the graphics quality is really great according to the very positive reviews on Steam. However, none of the games come with a bug-free experience and so this game also. Now, if you’re also experiencing Project Wingman crashing at startup, won’t launch, or lags with FPS drops issue on your PC then check out this troubleshooting guide to fix it.

This is quite expected for a newly launched video game but if you’re encountering the mentioned problems a lot on a random basis then it’s highly recommended to not ruin your gaming experience for weeks or months. As not all the bugs or errors come from the developer’s end, some of the issues can also happen from the player’s end which can be fixed very easily by following some of the possible workarounds below.

Why Does Project Wingman Keep Crashing?

Before heading over to the fixing guide, it’s necessary to know which possible things can be the reason behind the startup crashing issue. As in most cases, startup crashing may occur from the system of your PC. So, let’s take a quick look at it.

Fix: Project Wingman Crashing at Startup, Won't Launch, or Lags with FPS drops

  • Maybe your PC configuration isn’t compatible with the system requirements of the game. For further queries, you can check the ‘Project Wingman’ system requirements below.
  • It’s also possible that some of the temporary glitch or cache-related issues can cause performance drops.
  • Either your game files are missing or corrupted for some reasons which can cause trouble to game launch or running properly.
  • Your PC is running an outdated Windows build or an outdated graphics driver version most probably.
  • Maybe you’re running an outdated DirectX version or your outdated GPU card may not be compatible with the Direct3D Hardware Feature Level 11.0 GPU.
  • It’s also possible that your game or even the game client becomes outdated.
  • Some of the higher CPU/RAM consuming apps are running in the background.
  • Sometimes Windows Firewall protection or Antivirus programs can also block the game files.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5-2300 or AMD FX-6350 equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 660Ti / R9 270 equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 16 GB available space

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i7-8600k equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 1070 Ti Equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 16 GB available space

Fix: Project Wingman Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops

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 Project Wingman 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

Project Wingman gamers on Steam client can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account
  • You can find the ‘Project Wingman’ game
  • 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 Project Wingman Crashing 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 the 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.
  • Sometimes 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 Project Wingman 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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