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OBS Crashing? How To Fix On PC

In this guide, we will be taking a look at how to fix OBS crashing on your Windows PC or laptop. If you are having issues and OBS keeps crashing when you are trying to use the program, then there are a few things you can do that should fix it again on your computer and get you back to recording/streaming in no time!

For example, you might have problems with OBS crashes on startup, crashing while streaming, or just generally freezing and not working when trying to navigate the menus and settings.

What is OBS?

OBS Studio which stands for Open Broadcaster Software is a fantastic open source free-to-use program for Windows, that allows video recording and live streaming. Even in 4K.

The software is used by many users such as gamers and streamers for various things. No wonder why, as it has many features making this free recording software for Windows very good!

But if you are having issues with OBS Studio crashing then this can be annoying. That is why below we have put together a list of different methods you can do that should fix this.

Why does OBS keep crashing?

There can be many reasons why OBS keeps crashing on your computer, whether on startup or when trying to get game capture. Below is a list of reasons that could be causing this issue:

  • One of the OBS Studio files has become corrupted/missing
  • Program conflicting causing the issue
  • OBS is not up to date
  • Graphics driver not up to date

Related: Fix OBS black screen game capture

How to fix OBS crashing on PC

Below are different methods for fixing OBS crashes and issues on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC or laptop.

Fix 1: Update Windows

If Windows is not up to date then this could be what’s causing the problem. Check if there are any new updates available for Windows.

Windows 10:

  • Right-click on the start menu icon > Open Settings
  • Go to Update and security > Click on the Check for updates button
Windows 10 check for updates button.

Windows 11:

  • Right-click the Windows start menu icon > Go to Settings
  • Select Windows Update > Click on Check for updates
Windows Update check for updates button in Windows 11.

Fix 2: Update the Graphics driver

When it comes to recording/streaming it’s important to ensure you have the latest driver installed for your graphics card. Not only can this help with performance, but it could also be the reason why OBS keeps crashing if you have a really old driver installed:

Fix 3: Close all programs

There could be a program/app running in the background conflicting with OBS causing it to crash. So close everything down then try launching OBS Studio again, and see if that helped resolve the problem you are having.

Fix 4: Run as admin

Running the software as an administrator will give it extra privileges:

  • Right-click on the OBS Studio shortcut and select Run as administrator.
Windows context menu when right clicking executable showing Run as administrator.

Fix 5: Change record location

If you are trying to record to a slow drive or one that’s perhaps starting to fall faulty, then this can cause problems. So change the location of where you record your videos, to preferably an SSD drive:

  • Click on File then Settings
  • Now select the Output tab
  • Next to Recording Path click the Browse button and choose a new location
OBS Studio Recording Path setting showing the path where your videos are saved.

Fix 6: Rename settings

If you have set up the settings incorrectly then this is going to cause issues. Luckily we can reset these:

  • First close OBS Studio
  • Open File Explorer and type %appdata% in the address bar then press Enter
  • Right-click the obs-studio folder and rename it to obs-studioBK
  • Now launch OBS Studio and the settings will be reset to the default ones
OBS Studio settings folder renamed to obs-studioBK.

Fix 7: Reinstall

If none of the above methods helped fix OBS Studio on your Windows 10/11 computer then you might need to reinstall the software. As one of the files might be corrupt or missing.

If you are able to install OBS to a different drive, then try this. If you get a Setup Error when reinstalling then don’t worry, as the missing runtime components can easily be fixed.

We hope the above guide helped fix crashing problems in OBS Studio on your Windows computer, and you are now able to get back to recording/ streaming and produce some awesome content!

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