Valheim: How To Fix Crashing, Freezing, Stuttering And Lag issues

Valheim started to gain a lot of traction in 2021, allowing players to head into a viking-themed world fraught with danger, monsters and opportunity. It's been a fairly smooth launch, though there have been some freezing, stuttering and lag issues for some. Here's how to fix these errors in Valheim.

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How To Fix Crashing, Freezing, Stuttering And Lag issues

1. Administrator Rights

One of the simplest reasons that the game will crash is due to administrative rights. To fix this just right-click the game and press “Run The Game as Administrator”. Otherwise, make sure the account you are playing on has administrative rights.

2. Anti-Virus

As much as our anti-virus software is constantly saving our behinds, they can cause some issues too. They might be viewing the game as a trojan. Be sure to allow the application in your anti-virus settings.

3. Close Unnecessary Apps

Be sure to close anything that doesn't need to be open. Sessions like Google with multiple tabs will drain your system, making it work harder to run.

4. Lower Graphics Settings

One of the easiest and most effective ways to fix lag in any game is lowering graphics settings. Of course, you want your game to look beautiful but sometimes it just isn't feasible. Click here to find the best PC settings.

5. Run In Fullscreen

A small change but it can make a lot of difference. If you're like me you likely prefer windowed fullscreen, for double monitor purposes. Although, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

6. Update Drivers

Outdated drivers are a no-no in general. Especially when it comes to gaming and newly released games. The fix is to update your drivers, here's how to do so:

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type “DxDiag” and click OK.
  3. Once the DirectX Diagnostic Tool load, select the Display tab.
  4. Your video card’s name and the manufacturer will be seen in the Device section and you can see your current driver version.
  5. Go to the manufacturer’s website and get the newest driver.

You can find links to a few different driver manufacturers sites below:

7. Local Data

If you can't find any faults with the drivers or anything else then check out your games local data. You can do so with a file cache integrity check.

Follow the instructions listed:

  1. Launch Steam
  2. Right-click Valheim and select Properties from the menu.
  3. Go to the Local files tab and click the 'Verify integrity of game cache…' button.
  4. Steam will check over all of the game’s files, be patient, it can take a while.

Valheim is the next Viking title to take Steam by storm, there are plenty of plans for the future with the 2021 roadmap. You can even set up a dedicated server and play with your friends in coop!

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