Fallout 4 Not Responding – How to Fix? Easy Solutions

Fallout 4 not responding
Written by Neha.u

Fallout 4 not responding? Game launcher freezes. fallout 4 crashes on startup? Do not worry, here is your easy hack to all your Fallout not responding issues. 

Fallout 4 – The Game

The Fallout 4 is the fifth installment of the Fallout game series. It is a role-playing game of the action genre. The series is developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is available in Microsoft Windows, PS4 and Xbox One platforms.

The Fallout 4 game is based in a post-apocalyptic world in and around Boston, Mass known as the Commonwealth.


Fallout 4 not responding


Like all computer software and games Fallout series i.e Fallout 4, Fallout 3, Fallout 2, Fallout Las Vegas and others all have their set of bugs and glitches. The point that offers you a sigh of relief is every solution related to bugs and glitches in the game is universal. This means every version or installment of the game runs of the same game engine and solutions are the same irrespective of the version or installment. Problems with games these days are often a set of issues that can be solved with a universal approach. Developers are framing the games in a way by which every person be a techie or not can solve the problem and get on with the game.

Usual problems are with :

  • Server – error message – Fallout (n) server not responding 
  • Launcher – error message – Fallout (n) launcher not responding.
  • Menu – error message – Fallout 4 main menu not responding


System Requirements

To play Fallout 4 on Windows platform your system needs to meet the required level of hardware.

Minimum Requirements

  • CPU- Core i5-2300 2.8GHz OR Phenom II X4 945
  • Graphics Card- GeForce GTX 550 Ti OR Radeon HD 7870
  • VRam- 1 GB
  • DirectX- DirectX 11.0
  • Hard Disk space- 30 GB
  • Operating System- Windows 7 x64
  • RAM – 8 GB

Recommended requirements

  • CPU-  Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz OR FX-8350
  • Graphics Card- GeForce GTX 660 v2 OR Radeon HD 7870
  • VRam- 2 GB
  • DirectX- DirectX 11.0
  • Hard Disk space- 30 GB
  • Operating System- Windows 7 x64
  • RAM – 8 GB


These are the usual error messages you will see. This guide helps you giving an overall solution for each and every Fallout game. Go through following steps:


Video Drivers

The video card or graphics card over time has developed into one of the most important hardware required for modern gaming. You probably use a Nvidia or an ATI Radeon graphics card. The respective manufacturer releases updates of drivers of these graphics cards from time to time. try to keep your graphic/ video drivers updated at all points of time. The game developers also release patches according to the graphics updates. If both the game and video driver is not up to date it can cause problems. Follow these steps to update your graphics card drivers:

Nvidia Geforce

  • Open your web browser
  • Go to the Nvidia Geforce website
  • Click the Drivers tab
  • From the menu Select your Graphics card and proceed
  • Download the corresponding driver
  • When download finishes, Run the installer.

ATI Radeon

ATI Radeon graphics cards are developed by AMD. The software to run the graphics card has an inbuilt tool to solve these issues. Use the tool update your driver. Follow these steps for to easy :

  • Click on Start button
  • Type in ATI Radeon and select the ATI Radeon management application from the search result
  • Select the ‘Driver’
  • Click on check for updates.
    this tool will contact the manufacturer’s website and fetch your required download
  • When downloaded, Run the installer.
    This will install the updates and remove any backlogs in your graphics properties



Add-ons, patches, custom mods and 3rd party extensions can cause errors as well. These mods and extensions can cause in-game and gameplay problems. It is recommended that you try removing or disabling these and check whether the game is working properly. Follow the steps below to disable these add-ons :

  • Double click and run Fallout 4 from the desktop.
  • When Fallout 4 is open and running choose Main Menu and select Mods
  • Select the specific mod or mods to uninstall and use the Disable option.
  • To delete a mod, open Fallout 4
  • Select Mods fro the main menu.
  • Select the mod or mods you wish to remove and use the Delete option.

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It is possible that your Antivirus or its firewall may be the issue. fallout 4 is always in contact with its servers downloading data and saving game data progress in real-time. These are all done in the form of data packages which your firewall or antivirus can block it if not recognized as verified data. You can choose to work around this using these two options:

You can choose to open your antivirus’s dashboard and add Fallout 4 to firewall exceptions. This will let the game and servers communicate without any hindrance.


You can click on the antivirus’s icon available on the system tray and choose the option Disable for 1hour. This option is easier as you just have turned the software off for the time being.

Your game should be working now. try and run the game.


Fallout 4 is a role-playing multiplayer game continuously in contact with the servers communicating for data, matchmaking, leaderboards and game progress. Make sure you have an active internet connection when playing or accessing the game. Add Fallout 4 to your firewall exceptions to allow for continuous support from game servers and matchups. It is essential and relevant for your drivers to be up to date for seamless gameplay.

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