Change Data Execution Prevention Settings

Data Execution Prevention is a security feature. You experience crashes when DEP conflicts with the executable file located in the game installation directory.


For Windows 8 and Earlier Versions:

  • Right click My Computer desktop icon.2
  • Select Properties from the context menu.
  • Click "Advanced system settings".
  • Click Advanced.
  • You’ll see Performance category. Click Settings button inside it.
  • Click Data Execution Prevention and select "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select".
  • Click Add button to browse the .exe file located in the installation directory.
  • Browse the following folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common
  • Add the file named GTAV.exe
  • Click OK twice to repair Grand Theft Auto 5 crashes.

Set Higher Affinity to Game Process

Change the game process affinity through Task Manager. Set higher affinity to the game process. You won’t experience GTA 5 crashing again.


For Windows 8:

  • Right click your Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Click the Details tab.
  • Right click the game process, select Set Affinity.
  • Choose "High" from the context menu.

For Earlier Versions of Windows:

Instead of "Details" tab you need to click the "Processes" tab from the Task Manager. Remaining steps are the same.

Fix All Game Settings

Are your default game settings changed? Some of the recent changes do not support your system. Reset the game settings:


For Windows 8 and Earlier Versions:

Clear Temporary Files

Temporary files are created during gameplay. Corrupt contents in the temporary folders cause GTA 5 to crash.


For Windows 8:

  • Open My Computer.
  • Right click the disk drive where the game is installed (usually, drive C:\)
  • Select Properties.
  • Click General tab and then Disk CleanUp button.
  • Wait till the disk analysing process is completed.
  • Clean-up the files. I hope Grand Theft Auto 5 crashes will not occur again.

A few minutes can save you tons of frustration.



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