How to Fix Rainbow Six Siege Freezing Issue

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter video game by Ubisoft that offers both the single-player and multiplayer format. PC gaming has come a long way in a couple of years where the configuration requires very high and games run on better frames per second with higher resolution. But some of the PC gamers still experience multiple bugs or errors like the Rainbow Six Siege Freezing Issue that can be fixed by following this guide.

Also Read: Is Rainbow Six Siege Cross-Play Between PC, PlayStation, and Xbox?

One of the main frustrations is game crashing, stutters, frame drops, etc which literally keeping away players from an ultimate gaming experience. Although these issues can be fixed manually by performing some of the possible workarounds, PC games are prone to such issues. That means you really can’t avoid these problems whatsoever. Most of these issues can happen due to some reasons at your end so, game developers can’t help it basically.

How to Fix Rainbow Six Siege Freezing Issue

Talking about the possible reasons behind such an issue, Windows security or third-party antivirus program mostly prevents game files to run properly. Meanwhile, overheating or consistent usage of the computer for a while can also trigger crashes or freezing, lagging issues.

Sometimes temporary cache files, outdated graphics driver, corrupted or missing game files, higher in-game graphics settings, etc may become culprits.

How to Fix Rainbow Six Siege Freezing Issue


Most importantly, make sure that your PC configuration is eligible to run the Rainbow Six Siege game properly.

1. Check System Requirements


Here we’ve provided both the minimum and recommended system requirements of the Rainbow Six Siege game for Windows computers.

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 560 @ 3.3 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5770 (1024 MB VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 85.5 GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
  • Supported controllers: Compatible with X-Input
  • Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 256 kps upstream

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8120 @ 3.1 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD7970 / R9 280X or better (2048 MB VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 85.5 GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
  • Supported Controllers: Compatible with X-Input
  • Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 512 kps upstream

2. Reduce Overheating Issue

The chances are high that you haven’t powered off your computer for a while and continue working or playing hardcore graphics-intensive games that’ll basically force your hardware to overheat massively. Even the CPU/GPU cooling fan or additional cooling facilities won’t work that many things go like that every day.

So, it’s better to give some rest to your software and hardware periodically. Meanwhile, you should also keep in mind that your room or place should be well-ventilated or have an air-conditioner or even an exhaust fan to properly circulate the air that’ll keep down the room temperature too. In another sense, room temperature can also affect PC/Laptop temperature.

Additionally, try using liquid cooling technology and keep cleaning dirt, dust, or moisture from your hardware such as fans, heat sinks, boards, etc which can obviously increase the airflow.

Please Note: Turn off your computer first and unplug the power cable. Then you can open the CPU case and perform these tasks accordingly.

3. Check for Free Storage and RAM Space

Ensure that your storage space is free enough and a minimum number of background tasks are running which will definitely improve the PC overheating & reduce the game freezes or lagging issues.

4. Close Unnecessary Background Tasks

Make sure to close all the third-party unnecessary background running tasks completely to check whether the Rainbow Six Siege Freezing Issue has been fixed or not. To do this:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open up the Task Manager interface.
  • From the Processes tab, click on the particular task to select it. [Select which tasks are consuming higher CPU/RAM usage]
  • Now, click on End Task to close the process.
  • Do the same for all the unnecessary tasks one by one.
  • Finally, restart your computer to apply changes.

5. Lower In-Game Graphics Settings

Although some of the in-game graphics options are turned on by default, make sure to turn off or lowering the specific settings in order to fix display-related issues.

  • VSync – Off
  • Widescreen Letterbox – Off
  • Ambient Occlusion – Off
  • Lens Effects – Off
  • Zoom-in Depth of Field – Off
  • Anti-Aliasing – Off

Once changes are done, make sure to save it, and try running the Rainbow Six Siege game again to check for the issue.

6. 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.

Otherwise, you can manually check for graphics driver updates directly from the Windows system easily. To do this:

  • Press Windows + X keys to open the Quick Access Menu.
  • Now, click on Device Manager > Double-click on Display adapters.

  • Right-click on the active network adapter > Select Update driver.
  • Choose Search automatically for drivers. If there is an update available, it’ll automatically download and install the update.
  • Once done, make sure to restart your computer to apply changes.

7. 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.

8. Turn Off Discord Overlay

  • Launch Discord > Click on User Settings.
  • Click on Overlay.
  • Disable in-game overlay.
  • Next, click on Appearance.
  • Scroll down to the bottom Advanced.
  • Disable Hardware Acceleration.
  • Finally, restart your computer.

9. Verify Game Files

The Rainbow Six Siege PC gamers on Steam can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account
  • Right-click on Rainbow Six Siege
  • 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 Rainbow Six Siege Freezing issue has been fixed or not.

For Uplay Client:

  • Open the Ubisoft Connect App on your PC/Laptop.
  • Now, log in to your account > Click on Games.
  • Hover over the Rainbow Six Siege game tile > Click on the arrow icon to expand the drop-down list.
  • Here choose Verify files > If prompted, select Repair.
  • Wait for the process to get completed.
  • Ubisoft Connect will automatically restore all missing or corrupted game files (if any).
  • Once done, close all running programs, restart the computer to apply changes.

10. Temporarily Disable Antivirus

It’s also worth mentioning that temporarily disabling the antivirus program on your Windows computer may come in handy in most cases. In order to protect your system and data, the antivirus program can block several files or ongoing connections as well. So, you can follow the steps below to temporarily disable the antivirus program and check whether the game is launching properly or not.

  • Press Windows + I keys to open the Windows Settings menu.
  • Click on Update & Security > Click on Windows Security from the left pane.
  • Go to Virus & threat protection > Click on Manage settings.
  • Next, you’ll need to simply turn off the Real-time protection toggle.
  • If prompted, click on Yes to proceed further.

11. Clean 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.
  • Finally, check whether the Rainbow Six Siege Freezing issue has been fixed or not.

12. Use CPU and GPU Clock Speed at Default Settings

If you’ve overclocked your GPU speed and experiencing the crashing or stuttering issue on the Rainbow Six Siege gameplay or at the launching, make sure to use the MSI Afterburner tool or Zotac firestorm to underclock or set the default clock speed. Now, you can try again to run the game whether it’s working or not.

That’s it, guys. We hope this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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