Fix Tomb Raider I–III Remastered Crashing, Freezing, or Start Up Issues

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News: Tomb Raider I–III Remastered, developed by “Aspyr, Crystal Dynamics” and published by “Aspyr”, is an Action and Adventure game launched for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. As you progress through the game, you’ll get new challenges and puzzles that you need to solve to uncover the treasures of the ancient world. The developers have tried to make Tomb Raider I–III Remastered interesting for all users, but, some players are reporting on various forums and Reddit that the game is crashing, not launching, or freezing on start-up.

If you are also plagued with such issues with the Tomb Raider I–III Remastered, then stick with this guide – here you will know why this is happening and how to solve it.

Why is “Tomb Raider I–III Remastered” crashing, freezing, or not launching/opening on StartUp?

Several culprits can be considered for Tomb Raider I–III Remastered to crash or freeze on your device, including– a temporary glitch, missing or corrupted game files, software conflict, pending updates for your PC (Device), an older version of the graphics driver, some missing or corrupted system drivers, lack of administrative(Windows) rights, security software such as firewall or antivirus, or unknown bug from developers.

Troubleshoot Tomb Raider I–III Remastered Crashing, Freezing, Not Launching, or Startup Issues

Fix Tomb Raider I–III Remastered  Crashing

Close Tomb Raider I–III Remastered, Reboot Your Device, and Relaunch the Game

If Tomb Raider I–III Remastered is crashing, freezing, or not launching on startup then this is the first step you should try: simply close the game, restart your device (Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, etc.), and relaunch the game – Sometimes, the problem is only temporary that requires just a fresh start. 

Make Sure Your Gaming Device Is Not Overheating

Prevent Your Gaming Device  From Overheating

To prevent any game like Tomb Raider I-III Remastered from crashing, freezing, or start-up problems, it is very important to keep your device in a well-ventilated area – the device may overheat during gameplay, resulting in some Hardware may fail to support the game.

Update Your Device

Pending updates for your device such as Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S can also cause performance issues with the newly installed game- “Tomb Raider I–III Remastered”. 

Make sure your device doesn’t have any pending updates for its software, download and install all updates on your device, and resolve crashing, freezing, or start-up issues with Tomb Raider I–III Remastered.

Disable Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall

Due to certain security privileges, your system security software like a Firewall may block certain game files resulting in a fatal error when starting the Tomb Raider I–III Remastered game – disabling the Firewall before launching the game can prevent such issues. 

Disable Antivirus Software

Disable Antivirus Software

Disable your Antivirus (Windows PC)– just like the firewall, if you have antivirus software (e.g. Norton, McAfee, etc) installed on your device, it may also block certain game files, resulting in Tomb Raider I–III Remastered failing to launch or crashing. 

Check If Your Device Meets the Minimum Requirements

To prevent crashes or startup problems with Tomb Raider I–III Remastered, it is very important to run the game on a system with at least the minimum requirements– if your system fails to meet the minimum requirements, the game may crash or freeze on startup.

Here are the Minimum Requirements (Windows)

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS *: Windows 7 or later (January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.)
  • Processor: Intel i3 3240 or AMD FX 4100
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GT730 or AMD R7 240
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

Update Your PC (Windows)

Install Updates For Your PC (Windows)

If you are trying to play Tomb Raider I–III Remastered on your Windows PC then make sure that your PC is updated: pending updates for your PC can be another possible reason for Tomb Raider I–III Remastered to crash or freeze. 

  • Open Windows Settings.
  • On the Settings screen, click on “Windows Update” and then “Check for Updates.”
  • See if One or more pending updates are available and download and install them.
  • Relaunch Tomb Raider I–III Remastered and see if it starts without the previous issues.

Read: How to download a Windows update manually.

Launch Tomb Raider I–III Remastered as an Administrator

Administrator

Some players on Reddit, have discussed that running Tomb Raider I–III Remastered as an administrator has helped them resolve crashing or startup issues.

  • Access your Steam library and right-click Tomb Raider I–III Remastered > select Properties > Installed Files.
  • Click the “Browse” button.
  • Next, right-click on the .exe file of the Tomb Raider I–III Remastered game and select “Properties.
  • Go to Compatibility > click the checkbox next to the option- “Run this program as an administrator”.
  • Click on “Apply” and launch Tomb Raider I–III Remastered.

Verify Game Files (Steam Client)

Verify Game Files (Steam Client)

Tomb Raider I–III Remastered game files may be corrupted or missing during installation, and corrupted or missing game files may cause loading, launching, crashing, or opening problems– verify and repair such files to prevent such problems.

  • Open your Steam Library > right-click Tomb Raider I–III Remastered and click on “Properties” from the options.
  • Go to Local Files > “Verify integrity of game files…” option.
  • Wait for a while for the process to complete and after the process is complete, launch Tomb Raider I–III Remastered again.

Disable Steam Overlay 

  • Open your Steam Library and Right-click on Tomb Raider I–III Remastered
  • Select Properties and Go to the General section.
  • Uncheck the “Enable Steam Overlay while in-game” checkbox.
  • Return to your game Library and relaunch Tomb Raider I–III Remastered to check for the not launching issue.

Launch the Game in Windowed Mode (Steam)

  • Open the Steam Library > right-click on Tomb Raider I–III Remastered and Select Properties.
  • Go to General > click on Set Launch Options.
  • Copy & paste the following command-line argument:
        -windowed -noborder
  • Next, save the changes and launch the Tomb Raider I–III Remastered again.

Close Background Programs (Windows)

Running multiple programs in the background may consume more resources, preventing Tomb Raider I–III Remastered from launching smoothly– closing such interfering programs might help resolve freezing or startup issues with the game. Identify and close the interfering programs one by one and launch the game to see which one is causing the issue with the “Tomb Raider I–III Remastered”.

  • Open Task Manager and select a task that you want to close.
  • Once selected, click on End Task.
  • Launch Tomb Raider I–III Remastered to see if that program was the culprit.

Note: Perform the same steps with another program to check if that is the culprit.

Perform A Clean Boot

Perform a clean boot Windows

Clean boot is a process to allows the minimum set of drivers and services to your Windows PC: by performing a clean boot, you can identify if any background programs were interfering with Tomb Raider I–III Remastered and causing the crashing issue. 

Once you’ve identified the culprit, you can close that program to see if the startup problems with Tomb Raider I–III Remastered are resolved.

Delete Tomb Raider I–III Remastered and Install it Again

If all of the above methods are not able to make any changes to the situation, the problem may be with the installed game files– delete Tomb Raider I–III Remastered and reinstall it from the Steam Store, this should solve the problems with the game. 

Verify Game Servers

If the load on the game’s servers reaches its peak, users may face crashing or freezing issues with Tomb Raider I–III Remastered confirm the exact situation, wait, and try again after some time.

Wait for the New Update

The installed version of Tomb Raider I–III Remastered can contain some unknown bugs or issues. If this is the case, you may see a new patch note from the developers of Tomb Raider I–III Remastered: with this new patch, known issues and bugs like crashes, loading, or fatal errors might be resolved.

Keep your eyes on Tomb Raider I–III Remastered’s official social media pages or contact game support.

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