A sci-fi thriller puzzle video game, Observation has bagged positive critics for its aesthetic, plot line, and animation. However, some players cannot play the game due to compatibility or performance issues, which ultimately crashes the game. This article is for you if Observation keeps crashing or freezing on your Windows computer.
Observation keeps crashing or freezing on Windows PC
If the Observation game keeps crashing or freezing on Windows 11/10 PC, try the following solutions to resolve the issue.
- Update your Graphics Driver
- Run the game as an admin
- Quit tasks running in the background
- Verify the game integrity
- Disable overlay
- Allow the game through the firewall
- Troubleshoot in clean boot
- Reinstall the game
Let’s go with the first solution.
1] Update your Graphics Driver
To ensure that you can play Observation without any hindrance, it’s necessary to make sure that the Graphics driver is updated. Updating the Graphics driver can resolve such issues in the game so give it a try:
- Use free driver update software
- Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website
- Install Driver and Optional Update.
- Update GPU Driver from Device Manager.
Once the driver is updated, try launching the game and see if it works.
2] Run the game as an admin
Make sure that Observation is allowed to access all of the system resources in order to perform well, and you can also disable apps that can compete for the resources. Right-clicking on the game or launcher and selecting Run as administrator can work, but you can also configure their properties to always open with administrative privileges. Follow the given steps to accomplish the same:
- Right-click on Observation on Steam.
- Go to the Properties and click on the Compatibility tab.
- Tick the box next to Run this game as an administrator.
- Click on the Apply option and then the Ok button to run the game as an administrator.
Running the game as admin can hopefully allow you to play the game without any more issues.
3] Quit tasks running in the background
If Observation is unable to access the needed CPU, RAM, or other resources, performance issues will occur. Therefore it’s better to disable the program that can give competition to your game for resources. Follow the prescribed steps to do the same:
- Click Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manger.
- Right-click on the program hogging the resources and then select End Tasks, do this to every single application that you think might cause trouble.
- Close the Task Manager
Launch the game to see whether you can play the game without being hit with issues or not. If you do, see the next solution.
4] Verify the game integrity
Let’s check whether your game files are corrupted next. we are going to use Steam to scan the files and repair them. The procedures are given below:
- Launch Steam, and move towards the Library.
- Right-click on Observation and choose Properties.
- Click on the Verify integrity of game files in the Local files tab.
Once done, run your game to see if there are any issues. You won’t have issues again, but if you do, go to the next solution.
5] Disable overlay
Overlays can eventually cause the said issue and it’s best to disable them. You can follow the steps to fix the crashing or freezing issues.
- Open Steam and click on Steam > Settings.
- Navigate to the In-Game options and uncheck the box next to Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
- Click on the OK button to save the changes.
If you have some other app with Overlay, such as Discord, disable them as well.
6] Allow the game through the firewall
If your Firewall is blocking any of the game files or the game itself, then the game will not load on your system. Therefore if you are using Windows Defender, allow the game through the firewall, if you are using third-party antivirus software whitelist the game.
7] Troubleshoot in clean boot
There is a possibility of your game crashing due to overclocking. You can delete the overclocking apps, however, we would advise you to first perform a Clean Boot while keeping the game’s services active. This way you’ll know the cause behind the said error and remove the culprit. You will have to manually enable services to stumble upon the troublemaker.
8] Reinstall the game
During installation, it’s possible for installation or files to get corrupted. In that case, none of the above-mentioned solutions will resolve the issue, and the only way is to delete the game and reinstall it again. Here’s how to do the same:
- Open Steam and go to the Libary.
- Right-click on Observation and then click on the Manage options.
- Choose Uninstall button.
- Now, reinstall the game.
Check whether the issue persists or not.
Hopefully, you will be able to resolve the issue using the solutions mentioned in this post.
If you want to play Observation, make sure to meet the following system requirements.
- CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 (2 * 3400) or equivalent | AMD FX-4300 (4 * 3800) or equivalent
- RAM: 4 GB
- OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 x64
- VIDEO CARD: GeForce GT 640 (2048 MB) | Radeon HD 7750 (1024 MB)
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
- FREE DISK SPACE: 12 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 2048 MB
- CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K (4 * 3500) or equivalent | AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (4 * 3500) or equivalent
- RAM: 8 GB
- OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 x64
- VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 960 (4096 MB) | Radeon RX 570 (8192 MB
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- FREE DISK SPACE: 12 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB
If you are meeting the minimum requirements, the game will work but at low graphics settings, that is why it is advised to meet the recommended system requirements.
Why does programs on my PC keep crashing?
Usually, the program that doesn’t meet the system requirements will crash on your computer. Not only that, there are programs that meet the requirement at first, but when you actually install and run them alongside some other apps, they will stutter and eventually crash because of the lack of resources.
Why does my PC keep crashing and freezing?
Your PC may crash for various reasons such as CPU, Memory, disk resource exhaustion, malfunctioned hardware, corrupted device driver, or Operating System. If you want to fix the issue, check our post on what to do when Windows computers freeze, hang, or crash.