How To Fix RUST Keeps Crashing On PC

There are several factors that can cause RUST keeps crashing issue for PC users. The errors can be caused by an outdated graphics driver, outdated operating system, low virtual memory, corrupted game files, improper internal settings, too many resources running, or compatibility issues, just to name a few. To fix RUST keeps crashing , you will need to perform a series of troubleshooting steps.

RUST is developed by FacePunch Studios. Released in 2013 as an early access game and was released in 2018 as a full game. In its 8th year, it has already received many updates and has a monthly game patch every month. RUST is an online multiplayer survival game, were you survived in the wilderness by collecting resources or stealing materials from other players. Game players must also manage their health, hunger and thirst in order not to die.

How do I stop RUST keeps crashing issue on my PC?

How do I stop RUST keeps crashing issue on my PC?

One common problem PC gamers might encounter while playing is RUST keeps crashing. Randomly you will experienced these game crashes but most of the time the game will just stop working. This issue can occur anytime during the match and can often be a frustrating experience when RUST keeps crashing.

The following are the methods that you need to follow to fix this problem.

Method 1: Make sure your computer meets the system requirements

In order to play RUST smoothly and avoid RUST crashing; your computer should meet at least the minimum system requirements or recommended system requirements.

Minimum system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and Windows System

OS: Windows 8.1 64bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better

Memory: 10 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 20 GB available space

Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended or expect longer than average load times.

Recommended system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and Windows System

OS: Windows 10 64bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury

DirectX: Version 12

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 20 GB available space

Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended.

Method 2: Update your graphics driver

The game will crash if you have an outdated graphics card driver; that is why you need to update the graphics card driver on your system to fix RUST keeps crashing issue.

Updating graphics card drivers

Simply type “Device Manager” in the search bar on your desktop and then click the “Device Manager” icon that appears in the results.

Simply type “Device Manager” in the search bar on your desktop and then click the “Device Manager” icon that appears in the results.

Click the “Display adapters” icon.

This will show you the list of display adapters available on your computer.

Click the “Display adapters” icon

Right-click the display adapter you are using to play the game and then click “Update driver”.

This will allow you to check for the available updates of your graphics driver.

Right-click the display adapter you are using to play the game and then click “Update driver”

Choose “Search automatically for drivers”.

Choose “Search automatically for drivers”

Windows will automatically search your computer for the latest and best available graphics driver and install it on your device.

If you have an NVIDIA GPU, you can also get updates using the NVIDIA GeForce Experience software. If you have an AMD RADEON GPU, you can also use the AMD RADEON Update tool.

Method 3: Update your Windows System

For PC users and PC gamers, it is best to make sure that the latest system updates have been downloaded and installed automatically on your computer to prevent any compatibility issues. This method can also fix RUST keeps crashing issue.

Updating Windows System

Simply type “Windows Update settings” in the search bar on your desktop and then click the “Windows Update settings” icon that appears in the results. “Windows Update settings” will open instantly.

Simply type “Windows Update settings” in the search bar on your desktop and then click the “Windows Update settings” icon that appears in the results. “Windows Update settings” will open instantly

Click “Check for updates”.

Click “Check for updates”

If updates are available, then they will be downloaded and installed automatically.

Method 4: Close programs and applications running in the background

End unnecessary programs and applications running in the background, they can use a lot of system resources like CPU or memory usage that literally reduce the system performance of your computer when running RUST. You can fix these RUST crashing issue by going to the Task Manager and closing all the unnecessary programs and applications running in the background.

Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.

Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys

Choose the “Processes” tab and select tasks that are unnecessarily running in the background and consuming high system resources.

Choose the “Processes” tab and select tasks that are unnecessarily running in the background and consuming high system resources.

Click “End Task” to close it.

Click “End Task” to close it

Method 5: Set RUST to High priority in the Task Manager to allocate more resources and fix RUST crashing issue

IF Rust keeps crashing, make RUST high priority via the Task Manager to tell your Windows system to allocate more system resources to the game by doing these steps:

Make sure RUST is running.

Minimize the game to show the desktop.

Open Task Manager.

Go to the “Details” tab and then search for the “RustClient”.

Go to the “Details” tab and then search for the RUST exe

Right-click the “RustClient” and then choose “High” setting under “Set priority” option.

Right-click the RUSTClient.exe and then choose “High” setting under “Set priority” option

Method 6: Choose High Power Plan in Performance Power Options

Check whether your desktop is set to high power plan performance mode or balanced mode in power options. You have to set it to High power plan performance mode if it is not set to have better results.

On the search bar on your desktop, type “Power & Sleep Settings” and click it from the search result.

On the search bar on your desktop, type “Power & Sleep Settings” and click it from the search result

Click “Additional Power Settings”.

Click “Additional Power Settings”

Click “High Performance”.

Click “High Performance”

Method 7: Disable overclock in your hardware

Overclock in GPU, CPU and Ram can be helpful for RUST game performance but overclocking the hardware outside the device manufacturers recommended settings can cause multiple different issues such as crashing and for the game to work properly, it should be removed or disabled.

Method 8: Disable Full screen optimization

Full screen optimization basically forces a game to run in borderless full screen mode even if you have selected the full screen mode in the game’s options, making RUST keeps crashing.

Launch Steam.

On your Steam launcher, click “Library”.

On your Steam launcher, click "Library"

All your games are listed in Steam Library, find RUST and right-click it then select “Manage” and click “Browse Local Files”.

All your games are listed in Steam Library, find RUST and right-click it then select "Manage" and click "Browse Local Files"

In the pop up window, select “RustCLient” application and right-click it and click “Properties”.

 In the pop up window, select "RustCLient" application and right-click it and click "Properties"

Click on “Compatibility Tab” and checkmark the checkbox beside “Disable Full Screen Optimizations”.

Click on "Compatibility Tab" and checkmark the checkb0x beside "Disable Full Screen Optimizations"

Click “Apply” and “OK”.

Click "Apply" and "OK"

Method 9: Run Steam client as an Administrator

If is not running as an Administrator, It may be one of the issue that RUST keeps crashing. You can run steam client as an Administrator.

Exit Steam completely.

On your desktop right-click “Steam” icon shortcut and choose “Properties”.

On your desktop right-click "Steam" icon shortcut and choose "Properties".

Click on “Compatibility Tab” and checkmark the checkbox beside “Run this program as an Administrator”.

Click “Apply” and “OK”.

Click "Apply" and "OK"

Reopen Steam.

Method 10: Run RUST as an Administrator

Aside from running Steam as an Administrator, You should run the game exe file of RUST as an Administrator . Follow the steps below in order to fix crashing problem:

Exit Steam completely.

Relaunch Steam.

On your Steam launcher, click “Library”.

On your Steam launcher, click "Library"

All your games are listed in Steam Library, find RUST and right-click it then select “Manage” and click “Browse Local Files”.

All your games are listed in Steam Library, find RUST and right-click it then select "Manage" and click "Browse Local Files"

In the pop up window, select “RustCLient” application and right-click it and click “Properties”.

 In the pop up window, select "RustCLient" application and right-click it and click "Properties"

Click on “Compatibility Tab” and checkmark the checkbox beside “Run this program as an Administrator”.

Click on "Compatibility Tab" and checkmark the checkbox beside "Run this program as an Administrator"

Click “Apply” and “OK”.

 Click "Apply" and "OK"

Method 11: Verify the Integrity of game files of RUST at the Steam Launcher

Verifying the integrity of game files can resolve RUST keeps crashing issue that prevent you from being able to play the game properly. You can have Steam check and verify the game files if it is installed correctly or does not have missing files on the computer. To verify the installation of RUST game files, follow these steps:

Restart your computer and launch Steam game launcher.

On your Steam launcher, click “Library”.

Restart your computer and launch Steam game launcher

Right-click RUST in your Library, then click Properties.

Right-click RUST in your Library, then click Properties

Click the “Local Files” tab and click the “Verify integrity of game files”.

Click the "Local Files" tab and click the "Verify integrity of game files"

Method 12: Make sure to update your RUST game in Steam launcher

In case you have not updated your RUST game for a while, make sure to follow the steps below to check for the latest regularly releases patches and install the latest patch if it is available already on the Steam launcher.

Launch Steam launcher.

On your Steam launcher, click “Library”.

On your Steam launcher, click "Library"

Right-click RUST in your Library, then click “Properties”.

Right-click RUST in your Library, then click "Properties"

Click the “Updates” tab and select Always keep this game updated.

Click the "Updates" tab and select Always keep this game updated

Method 13: Opting out in Steam beta program

Opting into Steam beta programs offers the opportunity for beta participation in order to try updates before they’re officially released for the purpose of providing feedback and review to the developers. Some of this beta programs releases may be the reason for RUST crashing issues. To opt out in steam beta participation, follow the methods below:

To open steam beta program, run Steam.

On your Steam launcher, click “Steam”, then click “Settings”.

On your Steam launcher, click "Steam", then click "Settings"

In your “Account” tab, click “Change”.

In your "Account" tab, click "Change"

Click the list box below “Beta participation”, Select “NONE – Opt out of all beta programs”, then click OK.

Click the list box below "Beta participation", Select "NONE – Opt out of all beta programs", then click OK

Next Relaunch RUST.

Method 14: Allow Process Affinity for RUST

Run your CPU to full potential. If you don’t run your CPU to full potential when playing RUST, it will have game crashing issues. It starts crashing when you launch RUST.

Run RUST.

Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.

Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys

Go to the “Details” tab and then search for “RUSTClient”.

Go to the “Details” tab and then search for "RUSTClient"

Right-click the “RUSTClient” process and then select “Set Affinity”.

Right-click the "RUSTClient" process and then select "Set Affinity"

Check all the boxes available and click “OK”.

Check all the boxes available and click "OK"

Relaunch RUST.

Method 15: Set Launch Options on RUST

If RUST keeps crashing on your PC, then it might happen because of improper internal settings. You can fix this RUST keeps crashing issue by following the method below:

Launch Steam.

On your Steam launcher, click “Library “.

On your Steam launcher, click "Library "

Right-click RUST in your Library, then click “Properties”.

Right-click RUST in your Library, then click "Properties"

Go to the “General” tab and then click “Launch Options box”.

Go to the “General” tab and then click "Launch Options box"

Remove any launch options shown currently.

Remove any launch options shown currently

Type “-high -maxMem=X -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -cpuCount=X -exThreads=X -force-d3d11-no-singlethreaded”.

Type "-high -maxMem=X -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -cpuCount=X -exThreads=X -force-d3d11-no-singlethreaded"

Close RUST and Launch RUST.

Method 16: Change your Virtual Memory Section

We highly recommend all users to adjust your Virtual Memory Section if RUST crashing is still occurring. By adjusting it, you can choose the best initial, minimum, and maximum settings for their virtual memory paging file size.

On the search bar on your desktop, type “View Advanced System Settings” and click it from the search result.

Click “Advanced” then, go to the “Performance” tab and then click “Settings”.

Choose “Advanced” option and select the “Change” option located under the Virtual Memory.

A window will appear, uncheck the box associated with the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” option and click on the “C“ drive.

Choose the “Custom Size” and then type “4096” in “Initial size (MB)” and “Maximum size (MB)”, then click on “Set” and hit “OK”.

Lastly, “Reboot” your PC and check to see if the RUST crashing is fix.

Method 17: Hide All Microsoft Services

Press the “Window + 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 Services” at the bottom of the window, and then click on “Disable All”.

Click on the “Startup” tab and press “Open Task Manager”.

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

Close the task manager window and click on “OK” in the system configuration window.

Now “Reboot” your computer and run RUST to check if the issue got solved.

Method 18: Upgrade the RAM of your PC to Dual Channel Memory

Another reason that you’re experiencing RUST crashing issues is due to your RAM having single channel memory. If you have “8 GB” RAM, add another “8 GB” RAM to have an optimized performance on your PC. Your CPU would perform better on dual channel mode as it consumes less load on the CPU.

Method 19: Free you Hard Drive Space or Solid State Drive

Your hard disk drive is used by your windows system as a virtual memory. If you are close to maximizing out the space on your hard disk drive it will take away some of that virtual memory and can cause your RUST to crash or slow down.

If you also use a hard disk drive instead of a solid state drive, it is possible that your RUST folder are fragmented and it’s making your system longer to read your hard drive to locate all the files. In this case you can also defrag your hard drive to help speed up the read process.

Press the “Window + R” keys together to open up the “Run” dialog box.

Type “cleanmgr” and hit the “OK” button.

Disk Cleanup Drive Selection will show up, select the drive you installed RUST and click on “OK”.

Click on “Delete Files” option.

Method 20: Uninstall and Reinstall RUST

If any of the above solutions does not help you resolve RUST keeps crashing issue, you need to uninstall and reinstall RUST. Reinstalling RUST will also clear most crash issues and errors that you are experiencing from the game.

Method 21: Uninstall and Reinstall Steam launcher

Try to uninstall and reinstall the Steam launcher, the installer can be download in this link and can be reinstalled to the same location where it is already installed. This may fix Steam and service files. Installing Steam Launcher into the same location will also maintain all installed games in your Steam so no need to download again the games. Also uninstalling Steam through any other method than this will delete all game and userdata content in your PC.

The above measures are some of the ways by which you can get rid of the issue Rust keeps crashing. These are the top fixes for RUST keeps crashing. After performing the steps mentioned earlier, you will be able to successfully RUST crashing problem.

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