How to fix SWTOR crashing on Windows 10 Creators Update


Install DirectX 9 on Windows 10 for SWTOR

As you may know, Windows 10’s Creators Update has been officially out for quite some time now and it’s been causing issues with SWTOR to many players. Those crashes, they are indeed caused by the new Game Mode feature Microsoft has implemented.

Community manager Eric Musco posted on the official forums an official acknowledgement that these issues are indeed caused by the update and aren’t random. Bioware is currently working on a possible fix. The temporary work around involves disabling vsync on your GPU, disabling Game Mode in Windows 10 and disabling the full-screen optimization option in Windows for SWTOR. Through tests and consulting with friends (thanks, Howzet), I may add one more possible solution for you – leave the game in focus and without touching it for ~30 seconds after you launch it. This prevents crashing most of the time.

By the way, it has been proven that the Game Mode doesn’t bring any benefits InGame on a modern high-end PC. I’ve seen many tests with modern games and every single one of them claims that this feature is next to pointless.

Take a look at the original post from Musco:

► Post Windows 10 Update problem | 05.16.2017, 03:42 PM

A few updates on this situation. For players that have updated Windows 10 to the Creator Edition, they can experience an issue in SWTOR that causes a crash to desktop. This seems to be primarily caused by being alt-tabbed out of the game and focusing on another window while SWTOR is open and loading. 

The team is looking into fixing the problem and I will pass on updates as I have them. In the meantime there are three workarounds which have had some success. 
1) Disable vsync on your video card.
2) Disable Game Mode in Windows.
3) In Windows, disable the full-screen optimization option for SWTOR.

I will pass on more information as I have it.

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