The Finals is a free-to-play multiplayer FPS. The game features incredible destruction physics and gameplay mechanics. The devs have put a lot of effort into optimizing the game so that it runs smoothly on a variety of PC configurations. However, the game is running on the Unreal Engine 5 and it’s bound to experience error as the engine is in its infancy, at the time of writing. PC users report errors and issues like the Out Of Video Memory error and now they are reporting that the game is crashing with the “An Unreal process has crashed” error or the “Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION” error. In this The Finals guide, I will list fixes that will help you fix the “An Unreal process has crashed” error.
The Finals Unreal Process Has Crashed Fixes You Can Try
PC users report they are experiencing the “An Unreal process has crashed” and the “Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION” error while playing The Finals with the following error messages.
There are multiple reasons why you are experiencing the Unreal process crash and the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error like outdated OS, CPU clocks, corrupt or missing Visual C++ files, and more. The following are the fixes that will help you fix the Unreal process crash and the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error.
If you haven’t updated your Operating system, it is the reason why you are experiencing the Unreal process crash and the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. Games nowadays update often and with subsequent updates can update their OS requirements to the latest OS build. Update your OS and the error will be fixed. Go to Windows Settings > Windows Update > click “Check For updates” and install all available updates.
Reduce Performance Core Ratio or Underclock CPU
Steam discussions are filled with PC users experiencing the Unreal Process crashed error or the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error and a lot of them report that the error is related to the 13th and 14th Gen Intel i7 i9 CPUs. The clock speed for these CPUs is the reason why you are experiencing the Unhandled Exception or the Unreal Process crashed error. To fix this error, you have to underclock your CPU and there are two ways to do it.
Download Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility and turn the Performance Core ratio down to 53 or 54. PC users report that lowering the Performance Core ratio fixed The Final’s Unreal Process crashed error.
Another way to lower the CPU clocks is using the Power Saver mode in Windows. This will fix The Final’s Unreal Process crashed error.
- Open Windows Settings
- Go to System > Power
- Select “Best Power Efficiency” For Power Mode
- Play The Finals and it won’t crash with the Unhandled Exception error or the Unreal Process crash error
Set Thread Limits
In the above fix, I told you to either reduce the Performance Core Ratio or play The Finals in Windows Power Saver mode. Another way you can fix The Final’s Unreal Process Crashed error without lowering CPU clocks is to reduce the Thread Limit for the game.
- Launch The Finals and minimize it
- Open Task manager
- Go to Details
- Right-click Discovery.exe > click “Set Affinity”
- Uncheck CPU 8-11 and press OK
The Finals uses the DX12 API to render its visuals which is reportedly one of the reasons why you are experiencing the Unreal process crash and the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. However, I am not sure if the game supports DirectX 11 and according to the system specs, it only supports DX12, but some PC users have used the -d3d11 command and fixed the Unreal Engine crash for The Finals. Force the game to use DX11 and the error will be fixed.
- Right-click The Finals in your Steam library
- Select Properties
- type -d3d11 under Launch Options
Repair System Files
Your Windows system files are probably corrupt, which can happen for various reasons, and is causing The Finals to crash with the Unreal Process crashes error or the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. Windows has a built-in tool to scan and repair or replace these files. Run the DFC scan, it’ll scan and find any damaged or missing Windows system files and download a fresh one to replace them. This will fix the Unreal Process has crashes error’
- Open CMD (Command Prompt) and run it as an administrator
- type sfc /scannow and press enter
- let the scan complete and it’ll download and replace any corrupt or damaged system files
Install or Repair Visual C++ Redistributables
Visual C++ Redistributables are necessary to run any game on a Windows PC. The reason you are experiencing the “Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION” error is that you are missing or have corrupt Visual C++ files. Fix the error by installing or repairing the Visual C++ files.
- Open the Steam library and type ‘Steamworks’ in the search bar
- Right-click “Steamworks Common Redistributables” > Manage > Browse local files
- A new Explorer window will open
- Go to _CommonRedist\vcredist
- There are folders with names in years starting from 2010
- Open each folder and run the VC_redis, both x64 and x86 versions
- Install or repair Visual C++ Redistributables and restart your PC
Delete DirectX Shader Cache
the DirectX shader cache on your PC is having compatibility issues with The Finals or it’s damaged which is causing the game to crash with the the Unreal Process crashes error or the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. Delete the DirectX cache and when you launch the game, a new one will be created. This will fix The Final’s Unreal Process has crashed error.
- Open Windows Settings
- Go to System > Storage > Temporary Files
- Check “DirectX Shader Cache” and click “Remove Files”
Remove Unnecessary Peripherals
PC users often keep multiple peripherals attached to their system like controllers, HOTAS, and more. These peripherals often cause Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error with video games. If you have multiple peripherals attached to your PC, it’s the reason that The Final’s Unreal Process has crashed error. Remove all peripherals and attach them one-by-one and you’ll find out which peripheral is causing the error.
Alternatively, you can just unplug all unnecessary peripherals from your system while playing The Finals, and the Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error will be fixed.
PC users use third-party anti-virus software to protect their systems from malware. However, these anti-virus software often falsely detect game executables as malware or trojan virus which results in the game crashing at startup with error messages like Unhandled Exception: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. If you using an anti-virus, either disable real-time protection or exclude The Final’s install folder from it, I recommend the latter.
After that, right-click The Finals in your Steam library > Properties > Installed files > click “Verify Integrity of game files”. Let the scan complete. Launch The Finals and the Unreal Process has crashed error is now fixed.
That is all for our The Finals fixes for the Unreal Process has crashed error. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.