How to Fix Dread Hunger Won’t Launch Issue on PC

Many gamers who purchased and played the Dread Hunger game have complained that it would not launch, possibly due to tech issues. Corrupt game files, hardware issues, obsolete graphics driver, or faulty driver could all be the source of Dread Hunger problems. The troubleshooting steps indicated below are intended to resolve the problem.

Dread Hunger, a roleplaying game about survival and betrayal, is now available on Steam. Developed by Dread Hunger Team, Eight explorers manage their ship across the unforgiving Arctic in this game. Two traitors among the crew seek the help of dark powers to destroy them. In Dread Hunger, players can choose from a variety of Classes to help them locate the Northwest Passage. Navigate your way across the cold and dangerous Arctic, crafting goods, fighting Creatures, and relying on what they can scavenge for survival.

Why my Dread Hunger game won’t launch?

Why my Dread Hunger game won’t launch?

One of the difficulties you may face when playing Dread Hunger on your PC is launching issues. When you try to open it, it might not open at all, or the display on the loading screen might become stuck, rendering the game unusable.

Here’s what you need to do to fix the launching problem and improve gaming performance.

Method #1 System requirements

Method #1 System requirements

Dread Hunger must be played on appropriate computer hardware. If you have a desktop or laptop with a medium-spec PC, you can still play the game. You should, however, check to see if your PC satisfies the game’s minimum requirements.

Minimum system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 7

Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 760 GTX or AMD Radeon R9 280

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 15 GB available space

Recommended system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10

Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 1060-6GB or AMD RX 580

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 15 GB available space

Method #2 Disable Steam overlay

Overlay apps operate in the background and can consume system resources. They can also prevent some games from launching. You should try to disable any overlays that are enabled, as this could be the source of the Dread Hunger launch issue. Any game overlay you run will cause problems if your computer isn’t powerful enough. As a result, you should disable any active overlays on your computer.

Disable Steam overlay

Disable Steam overlay

Open the launcher.

Click on Steam found on the upper left side of the client.

Click Settings.

Click In-Game.

Uncheck Enable the Overlay while in-game box.

Click OK.

Disable Windows game bar

Disable Windows game bar

Click the Start button.

Click Settings.

Click Gaming.

Turn off the switch for Xbox Game Bar

Check to see if the Dread Hunger game won’t launch issue is fix.

Method #3 Update graphics card

The Dread Hunger game may not launch if you have an outdated graphics drivers on your PC. Install the most recent GPU driver to resolve these issues because it contains performance enhancements, updates, and bug fixes from the graphics card manufacturer. Follow the procedures below to manually update:

Updating GPU

Type Device Manager in the search bar on your desktop and then click the icon that appears in the results.

Type Device Manager in the search bar on your desktop and then click the icon that appears in the results

Click the Display adapters icon.

Click the Display adapters icon

Right-click the Display adapter you are using to play and then click Update driver.

Right-click the Display adapter you are using to play and then click Update driver

Choose Search automatically for drivers to automatically download driver.

Choose Search automatically for drivers to automatically download driver

Method #4 Hide all Microsoft services

Method #4 Hide all Microsoft services

When the system starts up, some services may start automatically. You must hide these services that are eating system resources and preventing from launching.

Hiding Microsoft service

Press the Windows logo key + R keys to open up the Run dialog box and type msconfig and click on Ok.

In the System Configuration click on the Services tab.

Check the checkbox beside Hide all Microsoft Service checkbox at the bottom of the window, and then click on Disable All.

Click on the Startup tab and press Open Task Manager.

A new window will open up, here select every application then right-click on it, and select Disable.

Close the window and click on Ok in the windows.

Now restart your computer.

Your computer will do a clean boot and play to check if the issue got is resolved.

Method #5 Repair Game files

Method #5 Repair Game files

The issue could be caused by missing or corrupted game files. To remedy this, you must utilize the Steam client to validate the game’s integrity. If any files are lost or corrupted, they will be replaced immediately with new ones obtained from the official server.

Verifying integrity of local game files

Open the Launcher.

Click on Library tab.

Find Dread Hunger then right click it then click Properties.

On the new window that appears click on Local Files tab.

Click Verify integrity of game files.

Method #6 Temporarily disable antivirus

Method #6 Temporarily disable antivirus

The antivirus program on your computer may be causing the launching problem, especially if it’s continually checking the files. Disable this security program and see if it will launch. If it does, add the game to the antivirus exception list.

Disable anti virus

Press Window logo.

Click Settings.

Click update & security.

Click Windows Security.

Click Virus & Threat protection.

Click Manage settings.

Turn off real-time protection.

Turning off Avast

On the taskbar, look for the Avast icon.

Right-click Avast icon.

Select Settings.

Select disable option from Avast Shields.

Turning off AVG

Right-click the AVG symbol in the system tray.

Select Disable AVG Protection temporarily.

Turning off McAfee

In the system tray, double-click the McAfee antivirus icon.

In the upper right corner, click the Navigation link.

Select Real-Time Scanning and then turn it off.

Method #7 High Priority

Set it as a high priority on task manager to allocate more resources to it and avoid the launching issue.

Minimize the game to show the desktop.

Open Task Manager.

Go to the Details tab and then search for the game.

Right-click the game and then choose the High setting under the Set priority option.

Method #8 Reinstall the game

If none of the previous methods have worked, you must uninstall and reinstall. Reinstalling will also give you a fresh start, as well as fixed several bugs and flaws.


Open the launcher.

Go to the library tab.

Right-click on the game then click on manage then uninstall.

Select uninstall again to uninstall the game.


Go to the Library tab.

Right-click on the game then click on install.

Click next to proceed with the installation.

Try to check if the above methods has fixed the issue.

This is the most effective methods for the issue you are encountering; once you’ve completed the instructions above, you’ll be able to enjoy playing.

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Carl has been a tech writer since he started college. He loves writing about technology and he loves talking about it, too. He has been writing for online publications for years and he enjoys writing articles that can help out his readers. He is an avid gamer and his current favorite game is Valorant.

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