Tired of people telling you to just update your drivers if you can’t run Watch Dogs? Here are the Top 8 specific fixes for Watch Dogs crashes, errors, lagging, no sound, and more.
1. Watch Dogs Blue Screen Crash
Let’s start with the peskiest issue — the blue screen crash. This is sometimes followed by the error code 0xa0000001.
- The simplest fix reported was unplugging your gamepad, starting the game, and re-plugging the gamepad. Try this first.
- Second, disable SLI or crossfire on your graphics cards and try running the game.
- Next up, make sure you meet the system requirements. We posted this guide to help you check this as conveniently as possible.
- Finally, make sure your drivers are updated.
Sometimes the simplest solutions solve the peskiest crashes, but if these didn’t cut it, be sure to check our guide called 8 Early Fixes for Watch Dogs.
2. Watch Dogs crashes with the error “The application was unable to start correctly (0x000007b)”
This Watch Dogs error message may occur on 64 bit operating systems when the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package is not properly configured.
You can find below the procedure for replacing the corrupted /misconfigured Windows files which should solve the issue you are dealing with:
- Click here to download the archive and decompress it to reveal the correct Windows files. The archived contains 5 files: mfc100.dll, mfc100u.dll, msvcr100.dll, msvcp100.dll and msvcr100_clr0400.dll
- Please save these files to any location on your PC;
- Please reboot your computer in Safe Mode
- Access C:WindowsSystem32;
- Locate the 5 files you have downloaded and extracted;
- Next, copy all those files to C:WindowsSystem32 replacing the current ones;
- Reboot your computer
3. Remove Mouse Acceleration
Hate mouse acceleration? You can remove it by going to C:Usersyour usernameDocumentsMy GamesWatch_Dogsfolder and open ‘GamerProfile.xml’. Find and set the following parameters:
- ‘Sensitivity’ – set this from 0 to 1.
- ‘UseMouseSmooth – set this from 1 to 0.
- ‘Smoothness’ – set this from 1 to 0.
Voila, mouse acceleration is gone.
4. Watch Dogs DirectX 11 Error
Two things you need to do:
- Update your drivers
- Install the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer browser
5. Controller lag when driving or turning
Go to the display options and set ‘Max Pre-rendered frames’ to 1. This should fix it.
6. Watch Dogs Has Stopped Working
Again, just two things you need to do:
- Disable UPlay overlay
- You might have installed Uplay in C:/Program Files (x64). Uninstall it, and reinstall it in C:Program Files instead.
7. Watch Dogs has no audio
First of all, update your sound card drivers. If doing that doesn’t clear up the problem, make sure you have volume set to max for Watch Dogs in the volume mixer (click on the little speaker icon in the bottom-right of your screen in the system tray). If you’re in-game, just alt+tab out of the game and check if Watch Dogs is set to max in the volume mixer.
Another tip you could try is to go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications Tab then select the “Do Nothing” radio button to permanently fix this issue.
8. Watch Dogs crashes with the message, “Windows Vista SP1 or better required”
Find the Watch Dogs exe file in your installation player, right-click it select properties Properties > Compatibility > Windows Vista SP1. Watch Dogs should run now.
Update: Still can’t find your fix? Try this feature post by Samuel Anderson on 10 More Fixes for Watch Dogs on the PC.
While this is the most comprehensive guide we can produce at launch day, we look forward to your contributions on how to fix other crashes and errors you may find in Watch Dogs. We highly encourage you to engage in the comments section below.