FIX: World of Warcraft Crashing on Windows 11 PC

Thousands of World of Warcraft players have reported that the game is crashing on Windows 11 PC. The latest 11th edition is not buttery smooth on many gaming rigs, and several players have recently complained about the software compatibility. We cannot blame Microsoft for sluggish performance on the Ryzen processors and fps drop despite having an RTX graphics card. The Redmond-based software company promised to deliver Windows Updates that will normalize the overall performance in a year. We will look at the solutions that fix World of Warcraft’s crashing on Windows 11 machines.

Why is World of Warcraft Crashing on Windows 11 PC?

World of Warcraft Crashing in Windows 11 PC

World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and hardly requires high-end desktop components to run the game. Go through the system requirements to confirm that you don’t have an outdated component in the system. However, I wouldn’t ignore the hardware requirements list since it is a resource-hungry game. The game has evolved over the years, and the developers have added elements that require decent specs to run the package.

Minimum Requirements:

Processor: 4-Core + 4-Threads CPU

Graphics Card (Dedicated): GTX 760 (2 GB) or RX 560 (2 GB)

Graphics Integrated (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD APU

Memory: 8 GB RAM for integrated machines and 4 GB RAM for the dedicated graphics card.

Storage: 100GB Hard Drive

Network: LAN cable

Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Your Windows gaming machine should meet the minimum requirements to play WOWC.

Recommended Requirements:

Processor: 4-Core and 4-Threads CPU such as Core i7 (6th gen) or Ryzen 7 (2nd gen)

Graphics Card (Dedicated): GTX 1080 (8 GB) or RX Vega 64 (8 GB)

Graphics Integrated (Integrated): None

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Storage: 100GB SSD (Solid-State-Drive)

Network: LAN cable

Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080p is the standard display resolution

Any modern gaming machine released after 2017 shouldn’t have problems running the WOWC.

FIX: War of Warcraft Crashing on PC

We will begin applying solutions to fix the game itself, then move on to Windows solutions. Blizzard has added enough tools to inspect the game files and find out if there are any corrupted files in them.

Turn Down Graphics Settings

WOWC is a 2004 release, and almost every machine can run it, but it doesn’t mean your gaming machine hardware resources are not stressed. Millions of gaming rigs don’t receive periodic maintenance from a professional, and it can lead the laptop/desktop collapse. Let me show you how to turn down the graphics settings in the World of Warcraft.

1. Open the game from the library.

2. Click on “Menu” located at the bottom left corner.

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3. Choose “System” from the options.

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4. Select “Graphics” and move the dial to the left side.

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5. Choose the lowest settings if you have an older machine, then click the” Apply” option.

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I recommend the users close the game and launch it after thirty seconds. The game uses lesser Windows hardware resources, and it will put less stress on the GPU.

Enable IPv6 Connection

World of Warcraft crashes when it doesn’t receive packets from the internet since it’s a massively multiplayer game. You should allow the WOWC to utilize the IPv6 connection so there is no probability of disconnection.

1. Open the game from the library.

2. Click on “Menu” located at the bottom left corner.

3. Choose “System” from the options.

4. Select “Network” from the system options.

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5. Select the “Enable IPv6 when available” setting.

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6. Click on the “Apply” button.

Close the game and restart the Windows machine for the new changes to take effect. Of course, the WOWC developers have designed the functions to work immediately, but I suggest everyone apply this step.

Disable Advanced Combat Logging

There is an option called “Advanced Combat Logging”, which increases the load on the internet and impacts slightly on the hardware resources. You should disable it for the time being to find out whether it is contributing to crashing the PC.
1. Open the game from the library.

2. Click on “Menu” located at the bottom left corner.

3. Choose “System” from the options.

4. Select “Network” from the system options.

5. Deselect the “Advanced Combat Logging” setting.

6. Click on the “Apply” button.

Disable Advanced Combat Logging

The game should stop crashing the machine, and you should be able to play the WOWC smoothly. I would suggest you keep the combat logging turned off since it increases the load on the system resources.

Repair World of Warcraft Game Files

Blizzard library allows the users to repair the game and an interesting event happens when you do it. Let me show you how to repair the game files and help you fix the problem at the end.

1. Open Battle (dot) net.

2. Find the game in the library and click on the gear icon located beside the “Play” button.

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3. Click on the “Scan and Repair” option.

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4. A pop-up shows up, and click on the “Begin Scan” option.

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5. Sit tight and wait for the scanning to finish.

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Note: The scanning process takes a minimum of ten minutes to finish on a faster storage drive and longer on a mechanical hard drive.

6. The “Update” button shows up on the screen after the scanning process finishes.

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The update button won’t appear when you open the game library normally. Follow the next tutorial to resolve the minor issue and prevent the World of Warcraft from crashing the Windows 11 PC.

Update World of Warcraft in Windows 11

The update button has shown up on the screen, which wasn’t there before, and I will show you an interesting point to notice at the end.

1. Open Battle (dot) net.

2. Find the game in the library and click on the gear icon located beside the “Play” button.

3. Click on the “Update” option.

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The new update is mostly less than 1 MB in size, so it takes less than a minute to finish the task. Of course, you should let the library update the packages and do not interrupt even if it takes longer than usual.

4. Wait for the update to finalize.

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5. The new update version hasn’t changed a bit.

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The previous game version was, and it is the same even after the update. The Battle (dot) net is trying to cover up the missing files or fix the corrupted files in the form of an update.

Remove Customized Settings

AMD Radeon Software has an advanced option to overclock the GPU for specific games. You should remove the auto-tuning or customized settings for World of Warcraft. Let me show you how to find those settings and disable them from the Windows 11 machine.

1. Open AMD Radeon Software from the search bar.

2. Click on “Gaming” from the top menu.

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3. Select “World of Warcraft” from the games.

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4. Click on “Graphics profile” to view more.

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5. Choose “Standard” to reset most of the settings.

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6. Take time and disable all modifications.

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7. Scroll up and click on “Tune Game Performance” from the same page.

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8. Click on “Default” to disable overclocking.

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Close the AMD control panel and restart the Windows machine to reflect the new changes. You shouldn’t play around with the settings, and many don’t have enough knowledge in the overclocking department, which leads to major problems.

Update Windows 11

Millions have complained about the new Windows 11 and its performance issues. Microsoft has released a statement that the operating system will deliver optimal performance over months. In short, you shouldn’t miss out on the new software updates, and it will improve the performance of the system.

Note: Create a system restore point as a precaution.

1. Press Windows Key and me altogether to reveal settings.

2. Click on “Windows Update” located at the bottom.

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3. Click on the “Check for updates” option.

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4. Wait for a few minutes for the Windows to connect Microsoft servers and fetch information from it.

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5. My Windows gaming machine is always up-to-date, and you should update yours.

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Do not miss the newer software updates for the next few months because they are focused on making the operating system buttery smooth.

Scan Windows System Files

It’s not uncommon for the Windows operating system to have corrupted system files in it. I have reinstalled my Windows OS multiple times in a year, and a huge contribution goes to the system files corruption. Microsoft bundled a smart tool that helps you detect the corrupted files in the software and fix them automatically.

1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

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2. Type (SFC /scannow) and press the Enter key.

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3. The verification process begins.

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The entire scanning process takes less than five minutes to finish on a Solid State Drive (SSD) and longer on a slower hard drive.

4. My Windows 11 copy doesn’t have any corrupted system files.

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Enter Safe Mode and perform the scan if the result is “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.”
You should reinstall the Windows OS if you end up with “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but unable to fix some of the” results.

Reinstall World of Warcraft in Windows 11

Reinstall World of Warcraft in Windows 11

The last resort is to reinstall the game on the machine. Brace yourself and download 75GB files from the Blizzard servers.

Bottom Line

You should try reinstalling the graphics driver from scratch. I have shown you how to reinstall the GPU drivers in another tutorial, so make sure to read it. You can contact the Blizzard support team if you couldn’t identify the problem. Let us know which solution helped you solve the World of Warcraft crashing in the Windows 11 machine.

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