Watch Dogs Crashes, Performance And Stuttering Fixes
Written by Joffy S 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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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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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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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McH9KNixgZw This video can explain a lot about game details and optimization :D

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Well, I am running the game on Ultra with High Textures and 4x TXAA and getting 40-60 FPS but frequently, the FPS drops to 7-10 FPS for few seconds and then returns to normal which doesn't render the game unplayable but it is annoying. Any fix for this?

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I tested the thing with the new drivers and the old ones, and I can say that with the old drivers (335.23) I don't get those massive drops.

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You wanna say the new driver updates made things worse?

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Same for 14.6 on AMD on every game i have les fps :) :/

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Well, at least they're working on a patch.


http://www.vg247.com/2014/05/30/watch-dogs-pc-uplay-patch-should-fix-known-issues/


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/29/ubisoft-working-on-pc-patch-for-watch-dogs-offers-advice-to-boost-performance/

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My game freezes at loading screen when i start the new game. It loads up to about 80% and then freezes. Please help.

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My game CTD'd and my save file got corrupted. Uplay failed at uploading save file to cloud too, so I have to start over… This game is just….

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Must be so irritating, makes a guy just wanna…

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