What to Do When Minecraft Crashes on Startup

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Playing your favorite video game or using your favorite electronic device can always offer a great way to pass the time. Unfortunately, crashes are pretty common when it comes to such things. Either the game stops working and boots you to the dashboard or home screen of your device, or the device itself refuses to perform any function.

Pertaining to the popular sandbox game, Minecraft, if Minecraft crashes on startup, you are completely unable to play the game, thus missing out on a ton of fun, including building your own structures or playing with other players from around the world.

What are you supposed to do when Minecraft crashes on startup? Luckily, there are ways to fix the crash problem, and to ensure that it does not happen again. If you are a Minecraft player who is experiencing the problem, then this guide is that you are looking for to solve the issue!

What Is a Crash in Minecraft?

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If this is your first Minecraft crash experience, you don’t have to worry. Within the gaming world, a crash is a very common issue, which can sometimes be resolved with ease.

A crash is a shutdown that occurs out of nowhere. In most cases, when Minecraft experiences a crash, it shuts down, sometimes providing a window telling the player what went wrong. The two most common crashes in Minecraft are “Saving chunks” and “Shutting down internal server.”

As a result, the worst thing that can happen because of the crash is the corruption of saved data. That is the one thing you want to avoid because if your saved data is gone, all progress is gone. Always keep a copy of your save folder in case your saved data is wiped out!

It’s safe to assume that you are wondering what causes Minecraft to crash. Well, the answer to that isn’t that simple because there can be multiple reasons. Truth be told, the reason can be different for each player, even though the end result, which is the crash itself, is pretty much the same.

As such, in the next section, we will go into detail and explain to you what causes Minecraft to crash.

What Causes Minecraft to Crash?

To put things into perspective, we are going to list the most common reasons first. When Minecraft crashes on startup, it’s mostly because of bugs, mods, and updates. There are other factors, but less common ones like hardware issues, software issues, and certain in-game actions.

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Bugs are basically errors that cause the game to produce an unexpected result. For instance, before the beta 1.6.5 update, if a player shift-clicked an item into a full chest, then Minecraft would produce a bug that crashed the game.

Bugs can be found in almost every single video game nowadays, and they are usually fixed when the development team releases an update or a patch.


The act of modifying the game in any way can also cause Minecraft to crash. The mod can be incompatible with the current version of Minecraft, may require another mod to operate, or was made by an amateur modder.


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Image by Egnez from Pixabay 

Not having Minecraft up to date can also crash the game. It’s a good idea to update your version of Minecraft whenever you can in order to avoid crashes.


This issue depends on what kind of device you have Minecraft on. Check your graphics card or check to see if your computer can handle Minecraft. Although it’s safe to say that every modern computer can run Minecraft, there can still be a few hardware issues that can create problems.


In most cases, a user’s anti-virus software can cause Minecraft to crash. Disable your anti-virus program and check if you can run Minecraft. If that’s the case, then you know it’s the fault of the anti-virus software program.

In-game Actions 

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Image by InoxyBuild from Pixabay 

This can pertain to any other game out there. If the game overloads and is unable to process all the actions taking place within itself at the same time, then it will crash. For example, if you blow up a lot of TNT at the same time in Minecraft, then the game will most likely crash.

Now that we know what a crash is and why Minecraft crashes on startup, we are one step closer to figuring out how to fix the issue for good. In the next section, we will explore different solutions to fixing the crash, as well as (hopefully) preventing future crashes from happening.

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What to Do When Minecraft Crashes on Startup

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Now that you are more familiar with the factors that can cause Minecraft to crash, you can now look at the solutions and test the ones that you think will solve the issue(s). If you know exactly why your version of Minecraft crashes, you can go ahead and read the necessary solution.

If not, you can try all provided solutions until you meet the one that fixes the crash.

Solution 1: Restart Your Computer

Sometimes, restarting your device can do the trick. Either restart the device or turn it off completely and then turn it back on. If one of the solutions does not work, try the opposite one. If neither works, read on and try the next solution.

Solution 2: Update Minecraft


Like we said in the section above, not updating Minecraft can cause the game to crash. If Minecraft crashes on startup and you know for a fact that you haven’t been updating your game, then you have to let Minecraft update.

That should be able to fix the problem.

Solution 3: Update the Graphics Driver

Minecraft can crash if your graphics card driver is out of date. If that’s the case, then the driver will need an update. There are two ways to update the driver: one way is manual while the other way is automatic.


This method is meant for those who have the necessary computer skills and are well-versed in computer terminology. Find out which graphics card you have, go to the graphics card manufacturer’s website, find the corresponding driver, and install it on your computer.


This method is for those who aren’t good with computers. Go to the Driver Easy website, and download and install the program. After installing the program, open it up, and select Scan Now.

If the program detects that the graphics card driver must be updated, go ahead and select “Update.”

Solution 4: Reinstall Java

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To reinstall Java correctly, go to the Control Panel on your computer, find Programs and Features, and then select Java Runtime Environment. Go ahead and uninstall it.

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After restarting your device, reinstall Java online and check to see of Minecraft crashes on startup or not.

Solution 5: Turn off VBOs

First, press the Windows logo and R on your keyboard at the same time to open up the Run box. In the box, type in %APPDATA%.minecraft and select OK, which should open up the .minecraft folder. Within the folder, select options .txt and change the useVbo to “false.”

Save the file, restart your computer, and relaunch Minecraft.

Solution 5a: Turn off VBOs within Minecraft

This solution mainly pertains to Minecraft crashing while you are in-game and not on startup. To do that within Minecraft, go to Settings, then Video Settings, and find the settings that deal with VBOs.

Once you find the option called Use VBOs, go ahead and turn that off. See if that is able to stop Minecraft from crashing while in-game.

Solution 6: Close User Account Control

This solution is mostly meant for those who have Minecraft on Windows 10. Open up the search bar and type in Change User Account Control Settings.

Once you have access to the settings, lower the bar all the way down so that it says Never notify and select OK.

Solution 7: Find a Way to Stop Overclocking Your CPU

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To explain what overclocking means, overclocking is when you set your CPU to run at a higher speed than originally intended. If that happens to be the case, and you overclocked your CPU at one point in time, then you will have to restore the process to its original settings.

There are multiple programs that will allow you to do that.

Out of seven different solutions to choose from, one of them should be able to help you out. If you already know what the reason is, ignore the other solutions in order to not corrupt the game’s files by accident.

However, if you don’t know the exact reason for the crash, try all solutions until you find the one that works. If for whatever reason your game still crashes, try going online and asking the community for help. You can either visit the Reddit page or the official forums for assistance.


If your version of Minecraft crashes on startup or in-game, you now have multiple solutions at your disposal. Whether the issue is a software issue, a hardware issue, or an issue within Minecraft itself, first, figure out what it is and then apply the appropriate solution.

We hope that you find one that works best for you!

Emily R

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