As per reports, Microsoft GameInput is crashing their PC – sometimes even causing BSOD. According to the affected users, Windows computer crashes when playing a game, when they checked the Reliability Monitor, they found out that the issue is related to Microsoft GameInput. In this post, we are going to talk about this issue and see what can be done to get rid of the Microsoft GameInput issue.
What is GameInput?
GameInput as the name suggests is an input API, usually used for gaming. It is installed on your Windows computer by default and is used as a support for gaming input devices. Because of the fact that it is a core component of Windows, you can not actually remove it from your system. Even if you succeed in uninstalling the tool, Windows will download it again as soon as it restarts.
As of late, GameInput is causing issues on a lot of Windows PCs. It basically crashes the computer, not only that, it sometimes even causes BSOD.
Fix Microsoft GameInput crashing PC
If Microsoft GameInput is crashing your Windows 11/10 PC, try the following solutions.
- Rename GameInput
- Run SFC and DISM
- Repair your PC using Installation Media
- Troubleshoot in Clean Boot
- Update Windows and BIOS
- Update all your drivers
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Rename GameInput
If you don’t want GameInput and are fed up with the constant crashes, you can rename the GameInput folder, and then if you feel like it’s needed, just rename the folders again. So, first of all, open File Explorer and click on View > Show > tick Hidden items.
Now, go to the following location in File Explorer.
Look for the following two folders.
Rename and just add the prefix ‘X’. So, the name would be something like XMicrosoft.GamingServices_4.66.2001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
Note: You may have a different version, but Microsoft.GamingServices is what we are targeting here. There can be some other Microsoft.GamingServices folder, so, change them as well.
Hopefully, now you won’t see the error message and abrupt crashes.
2] Run SFC and DISM
You may face the issue in question if your system files are corrupted. We can repair the game files using two commands to resolve the issue. First of all, open Command Prompt as an administrator and run the following command.
If that doesn’t work, copy the command written below, paste it in cmd and hit Enter.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSource\Windows /LimitAccess
Hopefully, this will resolve the issue for you.
3] Repair your PC using Installation Media
Next up, let us try to repair your computer using Installation Media. This is something that you should do if the previous method of running SFC and DISM doesn’t work, simply because, it is lengthy. So, go ahead and try repairing your system files using Installation Media.
Hopefully, this will do the job for you.
4] Troubleshoot in Clean Boot
You may face problems because of a third-party application. Since we don’t what that application is, try performing Clean Boot and narrow down your possible culprits by manually enabling processes. Once you know who the culprit is, all you have to do is remove it and your issue will be resolved.
5] Update Windows and BIOS
The issue can be caused due to a bug or incompatibility. You should check for Windows updates and install if available. Then, update your BIOS and see if that helps. Hopefully, your issue will be resolved.
6] Update all your drivers
After updating your OS and BIOS, go ahead and update all your drivers. Usually, they are installed automatically as a part of Windows Updates, but if not, you can try any of the following methods to update your drivers.
- Try using free driver update software
- Go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest version of your driver
- Install Driver and Optional Update.
- Update drivers from Device Manager.
If you execute the solutions we have mentioned in this post, GameInput should stop worrying you.
Why is my Microsoft Windows crashing?
There are numerous reasons and factors that can cause your OS to crash. It can either be your hardware’s fault when it’s not able to handle the program that you are running, or software’s if it’s corrupted or have some compatibility issue. We would recommend you check our guide on what to do if Windows computers start freezing, stuttering, or crashing.
Why does my computer keep crashing when I play games?
If the game is not compatible or your computer is meeting the requirements issued by the developers, it will put an unbearable strain on your CPU and GPU, as a result of which, your system will crash. We have a complete guide on how to stop your computer from crashing when playing games, do check that out.
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