Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors

Surviving the Technical Nightmares: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Resident Evil 4's Bugs, Crashes, and Errors

The stunning release of the Resident Evil 4 Remake has left fans speechless. With graphics that look like real life, amazing game mechanics, and awesome optimization, the game can easily be categorized as OP

But as all of us gamers know, every great game comes with a great number of Bugs, Crashes, and Errors. This article can act as an all-in-one Error Fix guide for all of Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes & Errors. We are sure any problem you were facing with the game, this article will help you get through it! 

Key Takeaways
  • There are numerous reasons why the game keeps crashing. 
  • Make sure your system has requirements that are above the minimum requirements.
  • Another way to avoid crashes is to disable overlays in all apps. 
  • You should also Update your GPU drivers, to make sure outdated GPU drivers are not the issue. 
  • Another potential solution is Repairing System Files. 
  • Sometimes your PC is not using your GPU. You can Force Use the GPU to avoid this. 
  • Restoring your overclocked CPU and GPU to default settings might be the key to solving your problem. 
  • Sometimes your Game Settings are too much for your system. You can edit your game settings to avoid that. 
  • Another possible solution is to disable Windows Firewall because sometimes it disrupts gameplay. 
  • When all else fails, your last bet is to reinstall the game. 

Your game constantly crashing and having bugs has got to be one of the most annoying things a gamer can ever face. No one should go through that. Many players have reported that their game crashes at launch, during cutscenes, or during intensive gameplay. 

Further Read: Resident Evil 4 Fatal D3D Error

Check System Requirements

One of the first things you should do when playing heavy games like Resident Evil 4 Remake, is to check if your system can handle the game in the first place. The creators of the game have listed the minimum requirements that your PC must have to play the game. 

Minimum Requirements

These requirements are the bare minimum that your PC must have to play the game. Anything below will not suffice and might cause your PC to consistently crash. 

  • OS & Processor bits: 64 bit
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory (RAM): 8 GB
  • Graphics:  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – 4GB VRAM or AMD Radeon RX 560 – 4GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Available Space: 50 GB

If you set to Prioritize Performance once you have the requirements you should expect to play with 45 FPS, and 1080p resolution. However, whilst in graphic-intensive scenes, your FPS might drop. If you want a full performance during these scenes, you might want to upgrade GPU. 

Recommended Requirements

If you desire a premium experience, these requirements should do the trick. You will play comfortably if you have all the following stats on your PC.

  • OS & Processor bits: 64 bit
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Memory (RAM): 16 GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX 5700
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Available Space: 50 GB

You should expect a resolution of 1080P and 60 FPS if you have these stats. However, graphic-intensive scenes might slow your PC down. 

Disable Application Overlays

If your system is allocating resources elsewhere, playing Resident Evil 4 Remake might feel a bit sluggish. Overlay apps are one of the main consumers of system resources. Basically, enabling overlay means giving System Priority to that app. It works in the background, so you receive active notifications for it. And even if you open it after some time, it will stay refreshed

Steam and Discord are one of the heaviest overlay users. Turning these off might not seem very attractive to you, but we believe premium gameplay is more important. So, it is definitely something you should try, to see if your gameplay quality increases. 

Disable Overlay for Discord

You can disable Discord Overlay by following the simple steps listed below.

  1. Click Win, and search for Discord.
    Open Discord
  2. Next, navigate to the settings option of Discord.
    Navigate to settings in discord
  3. After that, you have to navigate to Game Overlay. If it is on, you can turn it off by clicking on the toggle bar. It will be under the Activity Settings option. 
    Disable overlays to solve Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors
    Disable Game Overlay

Disable Overlay for Steam

Switching off the Steam Overlay option is also pretty easy. 

  1. Search for Steam after clicking the Win button.
  2. Make sure you are under the General tab in Steam.
  3. Disable Steam by selecting the toggle next to the option for enabling Steam Overlay.
Disabling the Steam Overlay Option

Disable NVIDIA GeForce Experience Overlay

Just like the other two, this task is also very straightforward. 

  1. Launch NVIDIA GeForce Experience by searching in the Windows Bar. 
  2. Next, click on the Gear Icon on the top bar. 
  3. Navigate to the In-Game Overlay option. If the toggle is active, disable it.
    Game overlay in NVIDIA
  4. Next, close the app and restart the system.

Update Drivers for your GPU

Another important thing to do to make sure that your game runs smoothly is to verify that your GPU is up to date. An outdated one will cause issues in your gameplay. You can update your GPU drivers by following the steps listed down below. 

  1. Click the windows button and search for Devise Manager.
    Open devise manager
    How to Open Devise Manager
  2. Next, click on Display Adaptor, and right-click on the GPU that you are currently using.
    How to see Display Adapter Options
    Display Adapter Options
  3. After that, click on Update Driver, followed by Search automatically for Drivers. 

Now, the best and latest version will automatically get installed. This way your game can run way smoother than before. If you already have the latest version the following message will get displayed. 

Update Drivers to solve all Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors
The message that gets displayed if you already have the best drivers.

However, you do not need to worry! We are sure our other solutions will for work you. 

Repair System Files

Sometimes missing/corrupt System Files can cause problems when launching apps & games. For example, your PC might have missing DLLs, which might cause your system to malfunction for no apparent reason. We would recommend using Restoro to check if there is any issue with your System Files.

Restoro can scan your PC and replace all files that are corrupt, and fill in all files that are missing. It also has the capability to remove malware threats, free up space, and detect websites that are malicious. 

  1. Go to Restoro’s official website and download their software. The link is given above.
    Download Restoro
  2.  After downloading the app, you must run its .exe file and install it on your system.
  3. After Restoro is successfully launched, click Scan Now to detect all anomalies.
    Scan your PC
  4. Once you have scanned for all issues, the software will generate all the problems in your system. Now, you can either repair the System Files yourself, or pay for the full version for Restoro to do it. We recommend using Restoro, since it comes with a 60-day refund if it does not solve your issue. Fixing it yourself is a very tedious task.
    To solve all Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors, use restoro
    Repair your system

    Once done, your Resident Evil 4 Remake should be running smoothly.

Force-Use Your GPU

If your GPU drivers are updated, but you still suspect something is up with it, it might be because your PC is not using it in the first place. However, we have a way to force your PC to use GPU for specified applications. For that, you just need to follow the steps listed below. 


  1. Press Win, and search for NVIDIA Control Panel.
    Navigate to the control panel
  2. Next, click on the Manage 3D setting from the 3D settings option. Then on your right side, click on Program Settings.
    Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors
    Navigate to program settings
  3. Once you are in Program Settings, you can select the apps you want your GPU to handle.
    Make your GPU handle the game to solve all Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors
    Select specified programs
  4. Once you are done with these steps, you can see it as High-Performance NVIDIA Processor. Now save the changes, and restart your system.


If you have an AMD GPU instead of an NVIDIA one, there is no need to worry, because we still got you covered.

  1. Open Radeon Settings by searching it from the Windows Bar. 
  2. Click Additional Settings, and navigate to Preferences
  3. After that, press Power, followed by Switchable Graphics Application Settings.
  4. Now, you can add whichever apps you want to the list. In this case, Resident Evil 4. 
  5. After that, click on High Performance from Graphics Settings.
  6. Restart your PC.

After you are done with these steps, try running the game again.

Restore your Overclocked GPU or CPU to Default Settings

If you have a very high-performance CPU, but your GPU is just average your system can start bottlenecking. Similarly with a super high-performance GPU and an average CPU. Bottleneck issues also happen if you are overclocking your CPU/GPU. Bottlenecking can cause issues with intensive user gameplay, and we would suggest restoring your processing units to their default settings to see if that is the issue.

There are numerous tools online, like the MSI Afterburner, Riva Tuner, etc, to revert manage settings of your processing units. You can use those to restore the processing units to their default settings. 

Adjust your Game Settings

Sometimes your Game Settings are too CPU-intensive/ GPU-intensive. So, the settings are just too much for your system. Hence, we would suggest adjusting that. 

Lower VRAM

The game has 3 different stages according to the amount of VRAM being used.

  • White Stage: Lower than 70% VRAM being used.
  • Yellow Stage: 70% or more VRAM being used.
  • Red Stage: 90% or more VRAM being used.

To lower your VRAM, keep lowering your texture until you are at the white stage.

Change Graphics Settings

As we mentioned in the article earlier, the game lags in graphic-intensive cutscenes. To avoid that you can simply lower your graphic settings. It is usually set on 4K mode, but you can change it to HD Mode. This will make your cut scenes run smoothly and not cause the game to lag or crash. 

Disable Windows Firewall 

Windows systems that detect malware are usually very sensitive when it comes to Game Files. Sure, they protect your system from malware, but they can also disrupt your gameplay. We suggest disabling these systems temporarily and then running the game. If the error is gone, we have identified your cause. 

  1. Press Win, and search for Windows Defender Firewall.
    Navigate to Windows Defender Firewall
  2. Next, once you are in click on the Windows Defender Firewall on or off.
    Disable Windows firewall to solve Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors
    Turn off windows defender
  3. After that, Turn Off Windows Defender Firewall and save changes.
  4. Restart your PC.

Re-launch the game and see if it works. If it does, we can replace the Windows Firewall with a third-party Firewall, which does not interfere with the game. We recommend reading this article, to make sure no Windows feature is interfering with your gameplay. 

Reinstall the Game

When nothing else works, we resort to the oldest trick in the book. Delete Resident 4 Evil Remake from your System and reinstall it. Make your all your progress is saved before you do. We are confident that if nothing else has worked, this sure will!

We hope our all-in-one Guide has fixed your issue. We realize crashing during gameplay is very frustrating, which is why we have drafted this article to fix all Resident Evil 4 Bugs, Crashes, & Errors. If we were successful in helping you out, do let us know in the comments below!

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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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