Fixed: Disney Dreamlight Valley Crashing [2023]

Here are a few key solutions to stop the game from crashing

Disney Dreamlight Valley is an extremely lovable game, but when players start facing errors, lags, and other problems that are kryptonite to every PC gamer, then the game does not feel as lovable. Although it is a well-polished game, it is still far from perfect. The main issues that players have reported are that either Disney Dreamlight Valley keeps crashing or not does not launch at all. 

Key Highlights
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley crashing issue can happen at any time, in the middle of the game, or when you are trying to launch it.
  • To fix the crashing issue on a PC, follow these methods:
    • Make sure your PC meets the minimum hardware requirements. Additionally, turn off fullscreen customization and launch the game as an admin.
    • Update your Windows to the latest version and use the proper GPU configuration.
    • Get rid of unnecessary background activities, try to repair Microsoft Visual C++, and make sure you have the proper Windows Architecture.
    • Restore any GPU or CPU that has been overclocked to its default state and verify the integrity of your game files via Steam.
  • Switch users experiencing crashing issues, follow these methods:
    • Try to reinstall Disney Dreamlight Valley and see if that fixes the issue. If not, scan for any corrupted data..
    • Additionally, delete saved data and also clear all of your cache.
  •  Xbox users can use the following fixes to resolve the crashing:
    • Start with a quick reinstall of your game and make sure the game is updated to the latest version.
    • Delete your saved data and clear cache. Ultimately, update your system firmware to the latest version.
  • PlayStation users may abide by the following solutions:
    • Make sure your console is updated to the latest version. You can also try to restart your console.
    • Finally, your last resort is clearing any cache that the console might have.

In our guide, we will be discussing all these workarounds as well as the reasons that cause the game to crash in the first place—feeling excited? Good! You should be because we are sure that whatever error or bug is stopping you from playing Disney Dreamlight Valley will be resolved by the time you are done reading our guide.

So without further ado, let’s jump straight into it. 

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Having The Proper Hardware

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Disney Dreamlight Valley System requirements

This one goes without saying but before booting up Disney Dreamlight Valley, make sure that your Pc’s hardware is strong enough to run it. Because when your Pc’s hardware is not strong enough, then most of the resources are consumed by essential background activities of the operating system. Consequently, leaving no resources for the game to use. 

Now, this does not mean that you have to go broke trying to match the game’s minimum system requirements. Just make sure that your graphics card, ram, and processor are sufficient. For a general idea, make sure that your graphics card has at least 1 GB of memory, your ram is 6 GB at least, and your processor is a Core i3.

These were the system requirements crucial for running Disney Dreamlight Valley, so make sure your PC is equipped with these. However, if your PC does already check mark all the mentioned requirements yet the game is still crashing, then continue reading our guide because the issue is certainly not caused by your hardware.

Turning Fullscreen Optimizations Off

Surprisingly, a lot of players have reported that disabling full-screen optimization has fixed almost all the issues in Disney Dreamlight Valley. It has worked especially well on PCs with low to mid-end hardware. We are not sure why it causes the game to crash, but we know for a fact that disabling fullscreen optimization does work.

To disable fullscreen optimization, go to the folder where your Disney Dreamlight Valley application is located. Right-click on the app and go to properties. Once the properties window opens, head to the “Compatibility” tab. Under the tab, you will see “Disable Fullscreen Optimizations” at the bottom next to a check box. Click on the check box to tick mark it and hit apply.

Now try running the game; if the game runs, then well and well; if not, then you’ve still got some reading to do.

Running The Game As An Admin

UAC Panel

This one has to do with your User Account Control (UAC). Sometimes some aspects of a game require permission from the UAC to run properly. These aspects aren’t actually harmful, but the UAC detects them as such and blocks them from running.

So there are two ways you can go around it; one is to run the game as an administrator. To do that, simply go to the compatibility tab (we have shown you above how to get there) and check to mark the “run as administrator” box.

The second way is to disable the User Account Control altogether. To do that, you need to open the start menu and type “UAC” in the search bar. Your next step is to hit enter and when the dialog box opens, bring the slider all the way down. If you followed our instructions correctly, then it should be saying “Never Notify Again”.

All that is left now is for you to hit the ok button. The second method should also solve any problems you are having with other games as well. However, we do not recommend doing it as it also makes your PC more vulnerable to threats and viruses. But at the end of the day, it is your choice.

Updating Windows

Now updating windows has worked for some players; however, we don’t think it can cause Disney Dreamlight Valley to crash or cause it not to launch. Because if you are in 2022, chances are your windows are already updated, but still, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Updating the operating system is actually quite easy.

Just open the start menu and type “update” in the search bar. After this, you will be taken to update settings, where you will be able to check for updates. Hit the update button, and if the issue is caused due to an updated version of Windows, then your game should be up and running. Though take the Windows update method with a grain of salt.

Proper GPU Configuration

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Nvidia control panel

Up next is to make the game forced to use your dedicated gaming graphics card. Sometimes because of a glitch, the game starts using the integrated built-in graphics card instead of the dedicated GPU. It goes without saying, but this causes the game to crash because it thinks that your PC is not equipped with sufficient resources.

Hopefully, that is not the case, so to solve the confusion, you need to open the Control Panel for your GPU. If you have an Nvidia GPU, then you need to right-click on the Desktop and click on Nvidia Control Panel. Now head to the 3D settings by clicking on “Manage 3D Settings”. Now open program settings and select Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Choose the preferred graphics processor for this program and choose Nvidia. You know what to do next, just save the changes and restart your computer.

Now for AMD owners, opening AMD’s Control Panel is the same as opening Nvidia’s; right-click on the desktop and open Radeon Settings. Go to the Additional Settings tab and select Preferences. Click on Power, then Switchable Application Settings.

There you should see Disney Dreamlight Valley; however, if it’s not there, then choose Add Application and add DDV.

Your next step is to select High Performance from Graphics Settings and save changes. Now restart the computer, and hopefully, it should solve any GPU-related issues.

Terminating Background Activities

Terminating background activities frees up resources for Disney Dreamlight Valley to use, causing it to use more of them and run smoothly. However, terminating background activities will only help if the specifications of your PC are low to mid-end. Because obviously, if you have a high end, then the game will already be using all the resources it needs.

So, in order to terminate background activities, you need to open the task manager. You can do so by right-clicking on the taskbar and choosing task manager. Now under the processes tab, terminate any processes that you think are useless and just take up resources for do that, just select a process and hit the End Task button in the lower right corner.

Some examples would be Windows Defender, Windows Update, your web browser, and so on. However, again it will only work if your PC is low to mid-end.

Repairing Microsoft Visual C++

Now reinstalling Microsoft Visual C++ or installing its latest version will definitely help. We say that because we personally have faced this issue with a bunch of other games. To reinstall/update your Microsoft Visual C++, you need to go to google. Search for Microsoft Visual C++, download all of its versions from 2014 to 2022, and install all of them.

Also, keep your Windows type in mind when downloading it, like if you have 64-bit Windows, then download a 64-bit version, and vice versa if you have a 32-bit Windows. After installing the software, just restart your PC and let Microsoft Visual C++ do its magic.

Having The Required Windows Architecture

Before running or even installing Disney Dreamlight Valley, make sure that your Windows Architecture is 64-bit and not 32-bit. The reason for that is that the 64-bit architecture allows the programs and Windows itself to use more resources, consequently allowing it to be more efficient and faster.

Also, most games nowadays are made while keeping the 64-bit architecture in mind, and Disney Dreamlight Valley is no exception to that. So make sure to upgrade your Windows to a 64-bit version.

Restoring Overclocked GPUs And CPUs

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Msi Dashboard

This might seem counterproductive because overclocking CPUs and GPUs actually gives a big boost to performance. However, sometimes doing so causes conflicts with other processes and causes some power issues, ultimately causing the system to get bottlenecked. So make sure to restore the clock settings of your CPUs and GPUs back to normal.

You can do so by using AMD’s and Nvidia’s control panels. Alternatively, you can also use MSI Afterburner, AMD Ryzen Master, Riva Tuner, and EVGA Protection to restore factory clock settings.

Repairing Game Files

Sometimes, the game files either get corrupted due to some glitch, or they are not downloaded properly to begin with. In such a case, it is best to repair your game files using Steam. In order to do that, open the Steam client, go to Library, Right click on Disney Dreamlight Valley, go to Properties, then local files. From here, select “Verify The Integrity Of Game Files”.

Wait a few minutes, and after the download is complete, the issue of crashing and not launching should be resolved.

Now, if you downloaded the game using Epic Games Launcher, then follow the following steps. Open the launcher, go to the library, and select the three dots next to Disney Dreamlight Valley. All you need to do now is select Verify, followed by restarting the Epic Games Launcher.

Crashing On Switch Fix 

The above-listed fixes are for PC users and in case you are playing Disney Dreamlight Valley on the switch and face the issue of it crashing constantly on your console, then you can resort to the following methods. 

Reinstalling The Game 

The most common fix to stop Disney Dreamlight Valley from crashing is by simply reinstalling it. You can do so by performing the simple steps listed below. 

  • Open the System Settings on your device and click on the Data Management option. 
  • Next, you need to select the Software option and look for the Disney Dreamlight Valley app. 

After clicking on it you will be able to see an option to Delete Software and it will allow you to clear the game and reinstall it again. 

Scanning The Data 

Another fix for the crash is by looking for any corrupted data that might be on your switch console by scanning it. For that you can perform the following you can perform the following steps. 

  • Click on the System Settings option and go to Data Management  
  • Next, you need to select the Software Option and look for Disney Dreamlight Valley. 
  • There will be an option to check for corrupted data. 

After clicking on it the scanning will begin and you can see why the game is crashing on your switch. 

Removing Saved Data 

Sometimes some of your saved data might cause your game to malfunction and ultimately stop you from playing it. You can check for any corruption on your saved data and restore it by performing the following steps.  

  • First of all, go to the System Settings of your switch and select Data Management. 
  • Next, click on the Delete option and choose the Disney Dreamlight Valley game. 
  • Now you will see one of the two options to Delete All Saved Data For This Software or Delete All Save Data. 

Click on them and it will ultimately remove all of your saved data for Disney Dreamlight Valley. 

Clearing The Cache 

Another fix for the issue is to clear the cache of your user profile. Sometimes you might get an error with your profile therefore, clearing all the cache might help. You can do so by performing the steps below. 

  • Click on the System Settings and open the System option. 
  • After that, you need to select the formatting options and look for the Clear Cache option. 
  • Then you need to open your user profile and click on Reset. 
  • Doing so will clear all the cache. 

Other fixes include restarting your switch or updating it. Hopefully, after performing these fixes you will be able to run Disney Dreamlight Valley on your switch in no time. 

Crashing On Xbox Fix 

In case you are using Xbox to play Disney Dreamlight Valley and facing the same issue then you can perform any of the simple fixes listed down below. 

Reinstalling The Game 

The most common fix for the problem is to reinstall the game on your Xbox. You can do so by performing the simple steps below. 

  • Click on the My Games And Apps option. 
  • Select the Games option and click on Disney Dreamlight Valley. 
  • Then you need to click on the More options button.  
  • Click on Uninstall and then tap the Uninstall All option.  

After that, you can reinstall the game again and see if that fixes your issue. 

Updating The Game 

Another fix for the issue is to update your game and you can do so by performing the steps below. 

  • Click on the My Games And Apps option from your home screen. 
  • Now choose the Manage option and go to Updates 

After updating Disney Dreamlight Valley, you will be able to fix many underlying issues including the game crashing on your Xbox. 

Deleting The Saved Data 

Another fix for fixing the game crashing on your Xbox is to simply delete the saved data on your console. Here’s how you can do it in simple steps. 

  • Open the My Games And Apps Tab and look for Disney Dreamlight Valley. 
  • After that, you need to click on the More options button by going into the Menu tab. 
  • Next, you have to click on Manage Game And Add-Ons option. 
  • From there select the Saved Data option and open your profile. 

Click on delete from the console and you will be able to delete all your saved data and fix the issue. 

Clear Cache  

  • Next, you can also try clearing your cache by performing the simple steps below to fix the issue. 
  •  Turn off your Xbox and unplug it from the main. 
  •  Next, you simply need to let it be for a minute or so and plug it back. 

After that turn it on again and see if that fixes the issue. 

Update The System Software 

Last but not least the simple fix to update your software can solve the issue and you can do so by simply following the steps below. 

  •  Click on the Xbox button on your controller. 
  •  After that open up Settings and click on the System option 
  • Next, you need to open the Updates and look for any updates on Disney Dreamlight Valley and after that hopefully, it will start running on your Xbox again. 

Crashing On PlayStation 

We have also mentioned some fixes below in case Disney Dreamlight Valley is crashing on your PS4 or PS5. 

Update PS4 Or PS5 

The first fix is to simply install any updates by going to the Settings option and clicking on the System Software update. Doing so will hopefully fix the issue. 

Restart Your Device 

The next fix includes restarting Disney dreamlight valley on your PlayStation and hopefully, that will solve the issue. 

Clear Cache 

For the next fix, you can try clearing the cache of your PlayStation and see if that fixes the issue. Here’s how you can clear the cache on your PlayStation. 


  •  For PS4 you need to turn it off and unplug the power cable. 
  •  The next step is to simply leave it for a minute and plug it back in. 
  •  After turning it on you will be able to clear your cache. 


  • First, you need to turn off your PS5 and boot it in safe mode. 
  • You can do so by pressing and holding the power button. After that, as soon as you hear a second beep release the button. 
  •  Next, you need to select the Clear Cache And Rebuild Database options. 
  •  Finally, you need to click on the Clear System Software Cache option and press OK. 

 You can also try removing the saved data and reinstalling your PlayStation 5 to see if that fixes the issue. 

That about wraps up our Crashing guide. We hope we were able to help, and if we were, then make sure to check out our Disney Dreamlight Valley Mystical Cave Riddles guide.

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Haider Khan

PC gaming geek with three years of content writing experience - covering Video Game Settings, and errors across all devices.

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