Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition Crash Fix (PC)

The PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which was released and patched recently, crashes. Here's a guide on how to fix it.

Update the graphics driver

Using three desktop computers at home to play the game on different settings, we found out that frequent crashes happened on units with NVIDIA graphics cards and not a single crash took place on those with RADEON GPUs. So we decided to update to GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 451.85 which can be downloaded from here.

Increase your RAM

Based on readings from GPU-Z, we discovered that Horizon Zero Dawn PC version is a memory hog as it utilizes 90-95% of Random Access Memory. The minimum memory capacity to play the game is 8GB but it is better to have 16GB or even higher at 32GB.

Increase the Page File size or Virtual Memory in Windows 10

Here's a step-by-step guide:
  1. Right click on This PC and then open Properties;
  2. Select Advanced system settings;
  3. Click Advanced tab;
  4. Under Performance, click Settings;
  5. Under Performance Options, click Advanced tab;
  6. Under Virtual memory, click Change;
  7. Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives;
  8. Click to highlight your Windows system drive (usually Drive C);
  9. Select Custom size;
  10. Change the Initial size (MB) value and the Maximum size (MB) value to a higher value;
  11. Click Set;
  12. And lastly, click Apply/OK and reboot.
The paging file expands the amount of system-committed memory, or virtual memory, that a system can support.

The recommended initial size values for paging files are as follows:

  • Minimum is 1.5 times your RAM;
  • Maximum is 4 x your RAM.

The required values should be in MB. Just use a converter. For example, your RAM is 8GB (8000MB), your minimum page file value should be 12000MB (12GB) and maximum page value is 32000MB (32GB).

There is no need to increase the Paging File size if your RAM is 16GB or higher.

That's it. Enjoy playing Horizon Zero Dawn on PC!