Watch Dogs Crashes, Performance And Stuttering Fixes
Written by Jon Sutton on 27 May 2014 at 17:12

Watch Dogs is upon but, as with any high-profile, system-shredding release it’s not without its problems. Ubisoft of course has previous in this field, delivering up some dodgy Assassin’s Creed ports over the years.

Watch Dogs is grabbing some rave reviews though so if you’ve bitten the bullet and jumped into Aiden Pierce’s Chicago, here’s some fixes for problems you may be experiencing in Watch Dogs…

 

Poor Performance, Stuttering and FPS drops in Watch Dogs Using Nvidia GeForce Graphics

Many Nvidia GeForce graphics cards owners are experiencing low frames per second and stuttering in Watch Dogs. Provided your gaming PC meets the Watch Dogs minimum system requirements, your first port of call should be downloading the Watch Dogs optimised Nvidia GeForce 337.88 drivers

For Nvidia the Watch Dogs graphics cards drivers needed are GeForce 337.88.

 

Poor Performance, Stuttering and FPS drops in Watch Dogs Using AMD Radeon Graphics

Nvidia partnered with Ubisoft to optimise Watch Dogs for Nvidia graphics cards. Out of the gate this means that AMD Radeon cards may perform worse than their Nvidia counterparts. AMD is releasing its new Watch Dogs optimised Catalyst 14.6 beta drivers later today, which it promises improves performance by at least 25%+ on single-GPU setups.

For AMD the Watch Dogs graphics cards drivers needed are Catalyst 14.6.

 

Blue Screen of Death Error 0xa0000001 Watch Dogs

If when you boot up Watch Dogs it hangs and you get a BSOD error code 0xa0000001, this is an AMD-related driver issue. Install to the latest 14.6 Catalyst drivers to ensure compatibility.

Another possible fix to this issue is removing your controller/gamepad before starting the game, and the plugging it back in once Watch Dogs has loaded.

Nvidia users, try disabling your SLI profile for Watch Dogs. You should be fine with the latest 337.88 Nvidia GeForce drivers but if not then this could be a like source of the blue screen of death error.

 

Watch Dogs is Constantly Crashing

If you are getting repeated crashes in Watch Dogs at seemingly random times, or immediately after the Watch Dogs Ubisoft logo splash screen at the start, then try enabling offline mode in Uplay.

 

Watch Dogs Executable Will Not Launch Or Has Error “The application was unable to start correctly (0x000007b)”

If the Watch Dogs executable will not launch then try disabling the Uplay overlay in the Uplay settings.

Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of Uplay and uncheck the box "Enabled in-game overlay for supported games"

 

My Mouse Feels Strange / How To Remove Mouse Acceleration In Watch Dogs

A relic of its origins as a console port, Watch Dogs on PC comes with mouse acceleration automatically enabled. To disable mouse acceleration you to need to locate your Watch Dogs settings file in your documents. Go to:

Local(Drive):\Users\Your Username\Documents\My Games\Watch_Dogs\folder

Find the GamerProfile.xml and open it using Notepad. Press Ctrl + F to search for, find, and alter the following terms.

Sensitivity - Set sensitivity from 0 to 1.
UseMouseSmooth - Set UseMouseSmooth from 1 to 0
Smoothness - Set Smoothness from 1 to 0

 

Watch Dogs DirectX 11 Error

When booting up Watch Dogs if you get an error saying you need DX11, ensure you download the latest drivers relevant to your graphics card and also the latest version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.

 

Watch Dogs Crashes With Error Message “Windows Vista SP1 or Better Required”

We’re still not sure what the root cause of this problem is but if you encounter it then locate the Watch Dogs executable and right click > Properties. From the newly opened window click the Compatibility tab and check the box for “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows Vista SP 1 from the drop-down menu. Also ensure that “Run this program as an Administrator” is selected.

 

As always be sure to let the community know if you encounter any other bug fixes, errors or performance improvements you encounter while playing Watch Dogs!

Also take a look at our Watch Dog HD6670 benchmark article to see how Watch Dogs performs on a low end PC system.

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DavidTesch
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How about problems with the **ing Uplay? I can't even get into the game because apparently I have no internet connection, so clearly I am writing this with only the power of my mind. Oh, let me go to uplay's site, oh right, that won't work either… I just love ubisoft launcher, there couldn't be a better launcher. EVER.

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Felix
19:34 May-27-2014

Yeah I am getting the same right now. Very annoying.

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Well for me you have to run uPlay before you open the launcher.

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It´s because of the servers being overloaded. Give them time.

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also check in your uplay settings that 'allow Uplay to use a proxy connection to access the internet' is NOT ticked as having this ticked cause the same problem.

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that's the first thing I turned off, "looking for a proxy server" wait, what? I don't even allow my web browser to go through a proxy server

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I know, I was like ' HUH ? All i wanna do is try out this damn game !!! ' …. I dont use proxy either but as soon as I disabled it. BAM I was straight in

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How to fix watch dogs msvcp100.dll error

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download this msvcp100.dll file for appropriate windows version and paste it in c/windows/syswow64 location done!

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About mouse accelerator, it say Sensitivity - Set sensitivity from 0 to 1.
I checked in that file, there's set value 0.9….
should I change it to 1..?

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So im playing this game on the profile from geforce experience but it dips a lot below 30fps, its kinda annoying. Horrible optimization

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VGA memory of 2GB or less you must use Medium as a max for texture quality. Anything higher and you will have stutter issues. Other then that the game runs great!

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We pretty much have the same systems, are you not getting translucency on the main character at times, graphics will overlap and be seen through walls for me. Stuttering is insane.

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Translucency happens to me too. I tried upping my GPUs' fan curve for better performance.

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Your machine is a beast compared to mine :-/ Guess there's not much we can do until Ubisoft get's their thumbs out :( Did increasing the fan work for you, afaik mine runs at near 100% under heavy load.

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Well, WD is a perfect example of a poor PC console port. If this was made for PC only-we would all be having no real stutter issues. Oh well what can we do? I have a Wii U and so I will buy this game for the Wii U and see how well it performs. Have to wait till December for it to come to the Wii U, why I have no clue…

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It's not a console port….

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yes it is http://www.thatvideogameblog.com/2013/02/27/watch-dogs-to-be-pc-to-console-port/

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I meant that it was developed for PC first, and then ported over to console.

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its a console…do you not understand what that means?

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I do, but my point is that Watch Dogs is not a console to PC port. I thought Maleficarus was talking about that. I just said that it was designed for PC first, everything else second.

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It may as well be, they created it on pc as if it where console, downgraded graphics etc so they can just transfer to console without effort.

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Brgamer how much did your rig cost you?

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perhaps 2.5-4 times of your rig excluding the monitor and perhaps 5,6,7,8 times of my rig.

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Approximately $4,700 US dollars.

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I have an other one to people who have this kind of problem:
My game doesn´t load the textures properly or the game has some un-normal textures. What do i do:
1. Go under UPlay
2. Go under WATCH_DOGS
3. The button "Play" There should be an arrow directing down. Click on the arrow, then click on Check Files.
Have a nice day!

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Only problem i'm having is drop in FPS from time to time..nothing that makes the game unplayeble tho unless im in a car chase xD
PS: im using the cracked version until the original version comes in the mail ( bought it online yeasterday)

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Low RAM mate… You need to have 8GB to run it super smooth… :D

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This is what Ubisoft gives you…,I had a lot of problems with that Ubisoft so i get my ass in EA and Steam :D

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How about the problems regarding the sounds? It's quiet as hell.

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the 14.6 driver is for r9 290x gpu's. I see no increase in fps. still 30fps everything on low/off

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I have stutering when driving on high medium low ultra its all the same :/

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mystical watch dogs. i got around 30-40 (msi afterburner) driving or not is still the same fps. medium texture and shader high and smaa and other on medium

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Vram is the problem, ultra demands 3.5gb of it…

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mark1996
22:01 Jun-01-2014

No it's pagefile issues, runs maxed out on my 3GB card after tweaking that

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Mark do you mean the "-disablepagefilecheck" tweak?

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mark1996
09:18 Jun-02-2014

That helps a bit, but the main thing is to put your pagefile on a SSD.


(Or if you have 16GB Ram disable it)

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