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DOOM Eternal - Fix: Won’t Launch, Stuck on Loading Screen, Crashes

It seems that some players have trouble running DOOM Eternal. The game does not launch or it crashes.

Generally, "DOOM Eternal won't launch", "game stuck on loading screen", "game crashes on loading", "loading screen freezes", " DOOM Eternal crashes to the desktop", "black screen" issues are caused by drivers or 3rd party applications. I have listed potential solutions to these problems here.

I suggest you try the steps below in order to fix your issue.

Method #1

I suggest you update your GPU driver and reinstall if it is already up to date.

  • Download the latest graphics card drivers
    Nvidia driver is here
    AMD driver is here
  • Download the DDU to completely remove old drivers.
  • Run the 7z file and extract it to a folder on the desktop.
  • Select device type. By the way, before doing this, recommended that reboot the Windows in safe mode.
  • Select "Clean and restart"
  • After that, install the driver and restart the PC.

In addition, advise you to update your other drivers and OS.

Also, if you are a laptop user, make sure you are using your main graphics card while running the game. Disable the integrated GPU (Intel HD graphics) in the Device Manager.

Method #2

You need to verify the integrity of DOOM Eternal files.

  • Go to the Steam library
  • Right-click on the DOOM Eternal, go to Properties.
  • Go to the LOCAL FILES tab

You should also disable the Steam Overlay.

  • Go to the Settings page on the Steam.
  • Click on the In-Game
  • Make sure unchecked the “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game
  • Finally, click on the OK button.
disable steam overlay

Also, disabling the Steam Overlay fixes your low FPS issue.

Method #3

Run the game directly from the DOOM Eternal's install folder.

Method #4

ReShade causes the "won't launch" issue. So you need to uninstall it, or reinstall and untick the "Enable ReShade in Vulkan globally".

Method #5

Disable your second monitor, so just use your main display. You should also try to unplug your headset and gamepad/controller.

It is also recommended to disable SLI and OC.

Method #6

Make sure your antivirus software is not blocking the game. You can temporarily disable the antivirus or whitelist the Doom.

Method #7

Programs running in the background may be preventing DOOM Eternal from running. Such as MSI Afterburner, RTSS Rivatuner, Cryptographic Service Provider (CSP), Fraps, Intel Driver & Support Assistant, HWiNFO, EVGA Precision X1, ASUS GPU Tweak II, Razer Synapse, Keyboard&Mouse software, etc…

Instead of closing all programs individually, you can start Windows in safe mode or disable some of the services on System Configuration.

  • Type the msconfig on Windows search box.
  • Press Enter key
  • Go to the Services tab.
  • Select “Hide all Microsoft services”
  • Click on the “Disable all” button.
disable all services
  • Finally click on the OK button.
  • Restart the PC.

Don’t worry, you can go back to the old settings by pressing the “Enable all” button.

Method #8

You should reinstall or repair the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Packages.

Installing the DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010) may fix your issue (Especially, Xinput1_3.dll is missing error). After the downloading has been finished, run the directx_Jun2010_redist and extract it to a new folder. After that run the DXSETUP.exe and install it.

If none of these are working to run Doom Eternal properly, please leave a comment by specifying your PC specs and OS.


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  • No joy with any of these suggestions and more.
    I went from black screen and then crash with no error report, to getting an error with Vulkan failing to initialise. Now back to just a black screen and crash with no error report after reinstalling the drivers for the umpteenth time.

    Mac Pro 5.1
    Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU W3690 @ 3.47GHz 3.59 GHz
    RTX Titan 24GB
    GeForce GT 120 512MB
    64GB RAM

  • All I had to do to fix was sign in to Bethesda site which is required to run the game, it finally popped up and asked me to sign in, but that worked!

  • Tried everything and more. Still doesn't work, pressing the play button makes a process in background for the game to start but after 4-5 seconds the process dissapears.
    Ryzen 5 3400G with Vega Graphics 3.70 GHz
    Radeon RX 570 8GB
    8 GB Ram
    Win 10 Pro X64

  • Click play but doesn't pop anything up
    AMD Phenom II X6 1055t 2.8 GHz
    16 GB ram
    win 10 pro X64
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

    all steps were taken

  • Doesn't work.
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core processor 3.59 GHz
    32GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
    Win 10 x64

  • Hi Guys How are you ?

    always freezes when I'm playing and I hit the TAB key or grab some weapon upgrade, what can I do ¡?

    Intel i7 9700k
    16GB ram 3000 mhz
    Nvidia 2070 super 8gn DDR6
    Win 10

  • Always freezes during the loading screen, while sound still goes on.
    After tabbing out and in the game again, the picture freezes immediately.

    Amd Ryzen 5 2600
    Sapphire RX 5700 8GB (Driver 20.3.1)
    16gb ram DDR4 2666
    Windows 10 pro (all updates)

  • my game launches, says im playing for 5-30 seconds, and doesn’t open. ID launcher opens though, but nothing happens.

    Intel I7-6700HQ
    Nvidia GTX 1070
    16gb RAM

    • I get the same thing. No idea. I'm so frustrated with these Bethesda people. And you can't get a hold of anyone with an answer to help! Love the old Doom game, hate the people coordinating with the consumer.

      And I've spent hours trying to figure out how to just load the darn game.

  • my game launches, says im playing for 5-30 seconds, and doesn't open. ID launcher opens though, but nothing happens.

    AMD Phenom II x4 980
    Nvidia GTX 1050Ti
    32GB DDR3 Ram
    Windows 10 Pro

    • Phenom is completely capable of running that game if producers "supported" it by not demanding that fancy instruction, following the example of Capcom with RE3 that runs perfect on Phenom CPU.

  • MSI Afterburner was the culprit in my case. I would only see black screen in full screen mode with music.

  • Mine dosent load past the launcher no error

    Amd phenom 1100t
    Nvidia 1080 11Gb
    16gb ram
    Windows 10 pro

  • Mine will not launch. Black screen then just closed.

    MSI GE75 Raider 85F

    RTX 2070
    i7 8750H
    32 GB Ram

    Pissing me off.. Runs on my rig no problems without even the new driver. Here nothing.


    • when launch press Alt-Enter many times until it goes windowed,thast the only fix it worked so far for me

      • Same here. But when asked to login to bethesda account i must click the window and as soon as I click the game closes. It seems that I can't keep the Doom Eternal window on focus.

  • AMD Athlon II x4 640
    8GB RAM
    AMD Radeon R9 200
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    None of this worked. Apparently AMD gpu drivers aren't compatible with this game? But that doesn't explain all people with AMD cards that can launch the game, or the people with Intel cards that cant.

    • It looks like your PC does not meet the minimum system requirements.

      Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
      OS: 64-bit Windows 7 / 64-Bit Windows 10
      Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
      Memory: 8 GB RAM
      Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB), GTX 1060 (3GB), GTX 1650 (4GB) or AMD Radeon R9 280(3GB), AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB), RX 470 (4GB)
      Network: Broadband Internet connection
      Storage: 50 GB available space
      Additional Notes: ( 1080p / 60 FPS / Low Quality Settings )

  • Intel i7-3770
    16gb ram
    AMD Radeon 590rx 8gb

    Fun fact: The game launched the first time, and 20min into it it crashed and didn't start up afterwars (tried all the above options that are for me)

  • Intel i7-3770K
    32GB RAM DDR3 1600Mhz
    Nvidia RTX 2060 6GB OC
    Samsung Evo 960 SSD
    Windows 10 Pro 64GB