Fixing Resident Evil 7: Biohazard won’t launch on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

July 2, 2018 |

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“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

–Duke Ellington

Resident Evil is a very popular gaming franchise. Almost all gamers have heard of it, and it has a very rich history. The storyline is very intriguing, action-packed and keeps gamers entertained from beginning to end. The first 6 parts of the franchise follow a similar storyline, but the 7th part (Biohazard) deviates from the story, and it is the first to be played in first-person mode. Biohazard focuses more on the horror aspect of the franchise. The reboot of this franchise gives players a whole new experience. This gives gamers the excitement of something new, and we can understand your frustration when you encounter issues with the game.

Resident Evil Biohazard has lots of DLCs which players are able to play and get more fun out of the game. The game so far has been generally accepted by the gaming community and has been receiving positive reviews. However, PC gamers have also been complaining about some issues which we are about to address today.

Players complained mainly about not being able to open the game. Here are some of the complaints:

  • Resident Evil 7 doesn’t launch or start – if this occurs, you should be able to fix it with one of the solutions provided in this article.
  • Resident Evil stuck on loading screen – In other cases, the game will get stuck on the loading screen, and players cannot do anything.

In this article, we are going to show you how to fix Resident Evil Biohazard won’t launch. We always advise our readers to back up their important files and folders before making any changes to their computers. This is to make sure that you are able to recover any data if it is lost. Also, you should go through all the solutions provided in this article until you find the one which works for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Check system requirements
  2. Verify game files
  3. Check your antivirus
  4. Make sure that your drivers are up to date
  5. Update your Windows operating system
  6. Turn off hardware-monitoring software
  7. Check for missing system or DLL files
  8. Open the game in compatibility mode
  9. Use Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10
  10. Restart Steam
  11. Install your game in the C drive
  12. Perform a system restore

Solution 1. Check your system requirements

If you are having issues with any game on your PC, the first thing you want to check is that your system meets the minimum criteria to run the game. This goes the same with Resident Evil Biohazard. When your system does not meet the minimum requirements for the game, it will not be able to run it. If that is the case, you will have to upgrade your PC to meet the requirements or to get a new PC. Also, if your PC does not meet the minimum criteria but not the recommended specifications, you may have to reduce the graphics settings of the game to have a smooth gameplay. Here are the minimum and recommended specifications:


  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 24 GB Space
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX -6300 or higher
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM


  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 24 GB Space
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHz or AMD equivalent or higher
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 3GB Video RAM

Solution 2. Verify game files

If you are experiencing crashes in Resident Evil Biohazard, you should try to verify the game cache. Here is how to do it:

  • Open Steam and go to your Library list and select Resident Evil Biohazard
  • Right-click on it and select Properties
  • Navigate to the LOCAL FILES tab and select Verify Integrity of Game Cache
  • This process will let Steam check all the game files on your system for errors. If there are any errors, it will replace the files with new ones so that your game can run properly

Solution 3. Make sure that your antivirus is not hindering your game from running

Antivirus programs can also be a reason why you are experiencing issues with Resident Evil 7. Your antivirus may be preventing one or more files from working properly, thereby causing problems with your game. In the case, we advise you to temporarily disable the antivirus to check if it is the culprit. If your game runs fine after you disable the antivirus, this means that it is the culprit and we recommend that you switch to another one. We advise you to switch to Auslogics Anti-Malware.

Protect your PC with Auslogics Anti-Malware

Not only will this tool let you play your games without hindrance, it will also protect you from incoming viruses at the same time. It will protect the sensitive data on the PC from hackers. It also lets you surf the internet in a safe environment. This tool schedules regular scans of your system to make sure that there are no infected files or potential infectious files. The virus database of this tool is updated on a regular basis so that it is able to protect your PC from newly created viruses. Here is how to download and install Auslogics Anti-Malware to your PC:

  • Follow this link to download the setup file
  • When the download is finished, run the setup file. This will open the installation dialog box for Auslogics Anti-Malware
  • Select Click to Install. This will install the program on your PC
  • Once the installation is done, the Auslogics Anti-Malware tool will open and start scanning your PC for viruses
  • When it finishes scanning, you will see a list of the infected files on your system. You can now delete them without any trouble

Solution 4. Make sure that your drivers are up to date

All games require up-to-date drivers to be able to run. This is because the driver aids the communication between your system’s hardware and the operating system. When this communication is breached, your game cannot access the resources of the hardware, thereby it will not work properly. One of the most important components is the graphics card. If its drivers are outdated, you will experience lots of crashes and other issues. To update your drivers, use the following methods:

Method 1. Download and install Auslogics Driver Updater

This is one of the fastest and easiest methods to get the latest manufacturer-recommended versions of drivers for your devices. It eliminates the issue of driver incompatibility. You will be able to download all your drivers in just one click. Use the following steps to install it on your system:

  • Navigate to this link to download the setup file and run the setup file from your download folder.
  • When the Auslogics Driver Updater installer opens, select your preferred language and installation folder and proceed with the installation
  • When the installation is done, the tool will scan your PC for outdated or missing drivers and install their latest versions

Your drivers will be checked and updated automatically

Method 2. Download the driver from the manufacturer’s site

Another way to get your drivers is from the manufacturer’s site. This way is reliable, but there is a high possibility that your download the wrong driver. This can cause the device to malfunction, and you will have more problems with your PC. To avoid this problem, some driver manufacturers have created clients which, when installed on the PC, will notify the user when a driver needs to be updated and from where to download it.

Method 3. Update your drivers, using the Device Manager

  • Right-click on the Start or Home button and choose Device Manager from the list
  • Once in Device Manager, look for the device which driver you want to update and right-click on it (in our case, we want to update the graphics driver)
  • Select Update driver
  • In the next dialog box, choose the option to download it from the internet
  • The latest version of your graphics driver will be installed

Solution 5. Update your operating system

Another way to stop your Resident Evil 7 from crashing is to update your operating system. Windows updates usually contain files which could repair the issue you are facing. This is because these updates are usually to make users experience better and also in response to complaints from players, so there is a probability that the update contains a fix for your problem. Here is how to check for updates for your system:

  • Press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app
  • Click on Update and Security, navigate to the Windows update tab and click Check for updates
  • Windows will look for updates for your system, and if it finds any, it will download and install them Always keep your system updated.
  • Hopefully, it fixes your problem

Solution 6. Turn off hardware-monitoring software

There are many reports that suggest that hardware monitoring software may be responsible for the Resident Evil 7 crashes and other issues. If there is a possibility that any third-party app is interfering with your game, we advise you to uninstall it. You will have to make sure that you remove the app with all its files. This may require to get an uninstaller software from the internet. There are many good ones for you to choose from. When the app is uninstalled, try to run your game again and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 7. Check Visual Studio and redistributables

All games require redistributables to work properly, and Resident Evil 7 is not an exception. If these tools are absent or corrupted, you won’t be able to play your game normally. Navigate to Steam\SteamApps \common \ResidentEvil7\ _CommonRedist\vcredist\ and run vcredist_64.exe to check if all your redistributables are installed properly.

You also need to make sure that you have the latest version of DirectX installed on your system. You can download it from Microsoft’s official website or simply just install it from the Resident Evil 7 installation folder.

Solution 8. Check for missing system or DLL files

Missing system or DLL files can cause your game to crash. In this case, there will be an error message stating the file which is missing. If you know where it is located, you can copy the file from another computer. If not, then you can download it from the internet. Note that it is not usually safe to download DLL files from the internet, so you should be careful.

You can also check your system files, using the System File Checker. Do this using the following steps:

  • Press the Windows logo key + X on your keyboard and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu
  • In the Command Prompt window, input sfc /scannow  Type sfc /scannow into the Command Prompt window.
  • This command will scan your system for corrupted files and fix them

Solution 9. Launch the game as administrator

Sometimes if you don’t have the necessary privileges to run a game, it will not open or start. This may be true in your case. You need to change some settings to fix this issue. To do this, use the following steps:

  • Right-click on the Resident Evil 7 shortcut on the desktop and select properties from the drop-down menu
  • Navigate to the compatibility tab and check the Run this program as an administrator box
  • Now, click Apply and OK to confirm the changes you made
  • When you are done, try to run your game again and check if the problem has been solved

Solution 10. Use compatibility mode

This is a mode which allows you to run older apps on Windows 10. It tweaks system settings and lets apps run without errors. You can use this mode for the problem you are facing with Resident Evil 7:

  • Right-click on the Resident Evil 7 shortcut on the desktop and select Properties
  • Navigate to the Compatibility tab and check the Run this program in compatibility mode for box. Then select Windows 7 from the list
  • Click Apply and OK to save your changes
  • After doing this, try to run your game again to check if the issue has been resolved

Solution 11. Use the Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10

The Media Feature Pack may also be the reason why Resident Evil 7 won’t launch on your computer. If your system is missing certain multimedia features, your game will not function properly. To fix this problem, you will need to download all the missing components manually. It is not a difficult process. All you need to do is to download the Media Feature Pack from Microsoft’s site.

Solution 12. Restart Steam

Restarting Steam can be a simple step, but it has proven to be very effective when dealing with PC gaming issues. This might be the solution that solves this problem for you. All you need to do is to shut down Steam completely, wait for some time, then run Steam again. Once you have done this, try to run your game again and check if the issue has been resolved.

Solution 13. Install the game on the C drive

Installing the game on the C drive has been reported by several users to solve this issue. So, if the game is not installed on the C drive, you should change the installation folder to the C drive.

Solution 14. Perform a system restore

Restoring your system to an earlier date can also help you with the Resident Evil crashing issue. This method will reset the changes you made that might have caused the issue. Note that these changes will not affect your personal files and folders. To do this, use the following steps:

  • Click the Start or Home button and input recovery in the search box
  • Select Recovery from the list of available results. This will open the Recovery window in Control Panel
  • Select Open System Restore and select Next in the next window to proceed
  • Now, you will see a list of restore points to choose from. Select one which is a date before you started experiencing the crashing issue on Resident Evil 7 Select your restore point.
  • Click Finish. Confirm your restore point. Windows will now restore your PC to a date when you can play Resident Evil 7 without any crashes

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