How to Fix Cyberpunk 2077 Game Unhandled Exception Error on PC

We’ve all been there. You’re having an awesome time playing Cyberpunk 2077 game on your PC, lost in the immersive dystopian future world, when BAM – the dreaded “Unhandled Exception” error message pops up and crashes you back to desktop. Ugh! 

I feel your pain. This annoying crash has ruined many a legendary gaming session for me too. But after plenty of hair pulling debugging, I’ve discovered a few solutions that can finally rid you of this nefarious glitch on your Windows 10 or 11 computer! Let me share what has worked for my fellow depressed gamers.

Troubleshooting Gaming Issues on Windows PC and Fixing Cyberpunk 2077 Game Unhandled Exception Error

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Give Cyberpunk Admin Rights

First things first – make sure Cyberpunk 2077 is actually allowed to do its thing without Windows security getting in the way. Here’s how:

  • Navigate to your Cyberpunk install folder at C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Cyberpunk 2077
  • Find the REDprelauncher.exe file in there.
  • Right-click on it, choose Properties, then the Compatibility tab
  • Check “Run as Administrator” and confirm the changes.

Running as admin gives the game the permissions it needs to avoid weird crashes. Try it out and see if that was all you needed to do!

Update Those Graphics Drivers!

If the admin trick didn’t fix it, the next suspect is your graphics drivers. They’re conduits for your GPU to communicate with games. And outdated drivers are a recipe for glitchy disaster

  • Check the NVIDIA/AMD/Intel website for your card and download the newest drivers. 
  • Install those fresh drivers and reboot. 
  • Load up Cyberpunk and test if the crashes persist.

With fresh drivers, the game should run smoothly with no weird conflicts messing things up under the hood.

Patch Up with Windows Updates

While you’re updating things, make sure Windows itself is fully patched:

  • Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update
  • Check for any available updates and install them. 
  • Reboot once it’s done updating.
  • Retry Cyberpunk and hope it works!

Windows patches include crucial bug fixes that can potentially resolve game crashes. Can’t hurt to try!

Nuken Reinstall Cyberpunk

If all else fails, scorched earth tactics are required. By fully reinstalling the game, we clear out any corrupted files or conflicts:

  • Uninstall Cyberpunk and the Steam/GOG/EGS client through Add/Remove Programs
  • Restart your computer
  • Re-download a fresh installer for the client
  • Install Cyberpunk 2077 again as if new
  • Load up the game and observe if the issue remains

A completely clean reinstall should get things working good as new. Just remember to back up your saves! 

More Random Things to Try

I’m throwing the kitchen sink at this error, so a few other longshots that have worked for some:

  • Disable random audio services like “Nahimic” in msconfig that may conflict
  • Boot into Windows Safe Mode and test Cyberpunk there as a troubleshooting test

Safe Mode launches only the bare essentials, so if Cyberpunk works normally there, it proves some other app on your PC is the culprit.

Whew, that covers all the big ideas I’ve used to successfully exorcise this demon of a bug. Let me know if you still need help after trying everything! I wish you flawless, uninterrupted runs through Night City, choomba. You deserve it after all this Pain. Good luck!

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