Lightfall is the latest Destiny 2 expansion and has received a mixed reception from PC players, at the time of writing. One of the reasons for the mixed reception is the crashes that Destiny 2 PC players are experiencing with the launch of Lightfall, and the following are the fixes.
Last updated on March 11th, 2023 at 01:09 am
Destiny 2 Lightfall Crash Fixes You Can Try
There are multiple reasons why Destiny 2 is crashing. In some cases, the game’s anti-cheat software, BattlEye, is causing these crashes along with outdated GPU drivers, GPU overclock, third-party tools and software, and more. The following are the crash fixes for Destiny 2 Lightfall. If you face other Destiny 2 errors, check our Destiny 2 fixes.
Crash At Startup Fix
Destiny 2 players are experiencing crashes at startup and, in some cases, BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) when they launch the game following the release of Lightfall expansion. The following are the fixes.
Allow BattlEye Through Firewall And Exclude From Anti-Virus
Exclude the battleye.exe from your Anti-virus and firewall. The process varies in different anti-virus, but it’s fairly simple. Third-party anti-virus sometimes mistakes battleye.exe for a virus and block it, causing Destiny 2 to crash at startup and the game doesn’t launch without anti-cheat.
To allow BattlEye through Firewall, open Settings > Privacy & Security > Windows Security > Firewall & Network protection > click “Allow an app through firewall” > change settings > Allow another app > Browse and locate battleye.exe (in the game folder) and click Open and add it > check both Private and Public.
Delete Temp Files
Temporary Files build up over time and, as the name suggests, are temporarily used by Windows. These files can accumulate over time and cause games to crash. Delete these temporary files, and Destiny 2 will stop crashing at startup. Press Windows + R buttons > type %temp% and press enter. An explorer window will open with some files, delete all the files, and the issue will be fixed.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
Right-click Destiny 2 in Steam Library > Manage > browse local files. An explorer window will open containing game files. Right-click the executable > properties > Compatibility tab > check “Disable Fullscreen optimizations” and apply the changes.
As I mentioned, Destiny 2’s anti-cheat software, BattlEye, is causing Destiny 2 to crash at startup or BSOD when players launch the game. Right-click Destiny 2 in Steam library > Manage > Browse Local Files. A new Windows Explorer window will open. Right-click D2.exe > properties > Compatibility tab > check “Run this program as an administrator” and apply. Delete the BattlEye folder. Right-click Destiny 2 in Steam library > properties > Local files > Verify integrity of game files. Steam will scan and download the missing BattlEye files. Launch the game, and it won’t crash at startup anymore.
Destiny 2 PC players report that the game is crashing in-game after the Lightfall expansion was released. The following are the fixes for these in-game crashes.
Disable XMP Profile
XMP profiles are RAM profiles in BIOS that allow PC users to take full advantage of their RAM. However, in some cases enabling XMP profiles cause video games to crash. I suggest you disable the XMP profile; if enabled, from BIOS and Destiny 2 Lightfall will stop crashing.
PC players have noted that using DDR5 RAM is causing issues with Destiny 2. Since you can’t just change a RAM stick to DDR4, try lowering the RAM speed from BIOS, which might fix the in-game crash.
Some PC users overclock their GPUs to get the most performance. However, this a double-edged sword; while it can give you more FPS, overclocking can introduce problems of its own, like crashing games. If you have overclocked your GPU, I recommend reverting it to its default GPU clock, and Destiny 2 Lightfall will stop crashing. Some GPUs are factory overclocked; in that case, open Nvidia Control Panel > Help > Debug mode. This will force the GPU to use reference clocks from Nvidia, and the game will stop crashing.
Disable In-game Overlays
PC gaming is weird; while it is very flexible, some things aren’t. Almost every PC client or software has an in-game overlay for easy access. These in-game overlays can be useful but can cause video games, like Destiny 2, to crash. In-game overlays like Steam in-game overlay or GeForce Experience overlay can cause games to crash. Disable them, and the issue will be fixed. To disable Steam in-game overlay, open Settings > In-game > uncheck “Enable the Steam overlay while in-game.”
To disable GeForce Experience, open GeForce experience > click on the Gear icon next to your username > General > turn off the “IN-GAME Overlay” options.
That is all for our Destiny 2 fixes for in-game crashes and crash at startup issues. Check our Destiny 2 fixes if you are experiencing other errors. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.