XCOM Enemy Within PC Crashes, Freezes, Won’t launch, Low FPS, Crash to Desktop and other Fixes


XCOM Enemy Within is the latest expansion for the award winning strategy game XCOM Enemy Unknown. Enemy Within brings new abilities, weapons, upgrades, maps, missions, new tactical and strategic gameplay and brand new alien threads. Check below the complete guide related to game PC crashes and issues.

XCOM Enemy Within PC System Requirements

XCOM Enemy Within Minimum PC Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista or later
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

XCOM Enemy Within Recommended PC Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 3000 Series/NVIDIA GeForce 9000 Series or greater

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XCOM Enemy Within Mac System Requirements

XCOM Enemy Within Minimum Mac System Requirements

  • OS: OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD4000 / NVIDIA 9000 Series
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 24 GB available space

XCOM Enemy Within Recommended Mac System Requirements

  • OS: 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD4000 / NVIDIA 9000 Series

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  1. XCOM: Enemy Within Game Guide
  2. XCOM: Enemy Within Walkthrough
  3. XCOM: Enemy Within Achievements Guide

XCOM Enemy Within isn’t Launching

The main cause of this issue is exact release time, this time game is available on Steam but also showing remaining release time such as 1 day and some hours remaining to launch. You can check your region for exact launch time. You should also run Steam client by ‘Run as Administrator’, if problem persists then exit Steam, restart your machine and then start Steam to run the game, hope it works.

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Low FPS/Low Performance after installing XCOM Enemy Within

First of all, make sure you have installed or updated all hardware drivers, redistributables software and also try to use lower-medium graphic settings.

Game Freezes after installing XCOM Enemy Within

This problem occurs when you applied XCOM Enemy Within expansion to XCOM Enemy Unknown. The game freezes or stopped in random check points and during missions. The permanent issue will be resolved in patch. As for much the temporary and possible solutions are below:

  1. Verify the game cache files from Steam Client
  2. Install or update latest graphic card drivers
  3. Try to apply lower or max resolution, sometimes this trick works
  4. Also reduce graphic settings to lower or medium
  5. Read our detailed guide for more help

Cover Level Indicators Disappeared after applying XCOM Enemy Within

This is also a known bug when you run the game after installing the XCOM Enemy Within, developers are working on it, be patience and wait for new patch. But I have a temporary solution for this issue, you just need to run your game in Windowed Mode, it will work.

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XCOM Enemy Within Crashes to Desktop after updating

If you save game files corrupted, you may face off this issue. Backup your save files then delete them and now run game, hope it works. If problem persists then run the game into Windowed Mode and read our Crash to Desktop Issue Guide.

XCOM Enemy Within Starts then Crashes Fix

First of all, verify the game cache files from Steam client, if problem didn’t get solved then restart your PC once and then start Steam client by using ‘Run as Administrator’.

XCOM Enemy Within Xbox360 Controller isn’t working

The first steps are downloading latest drivers and also tries to un-plug and re-plug the controller to fix this issue.

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  • Alex Apetrei

    Hello, I have a very annoying issue with X-com enemy within, a about 70% crash while loading save games; The game doesn`t become unresponsive, doesn`t crash to windows, but remains permenantly stuck in the loading screen; Also, the weird thing is that on the SAME files, 30% of the time it works, 70% it doesn`t;

    Is anyone else encountering this? is there any fix?

  • master

    Same problem .. how I fixed crashes

    1. Updated latest intel graphic drivers. 80%
    2. Installed old PhysX 9.12.1031. 19%

    3. engine.ini set to false – blur, bloom. 1%

    After that no more crashes.. I gave 19% to PhysX even I know Intel don’t use PhysX anyways game runs without crashes ..

    Before fix.
    throw granate – crash.

    targeting where to throw – crash.
    animation success shoot – crash.
    mission finished- crash.
    start mission -crash.
    and more crashes…
    After fix.
    Enjoying game without crashes.