Friday, December 9, 2022

VLC Crashing On Windows 10! Troubleshooting The Issue

The popular media player, VLC, is used in all platforms for its ability to run almost all video formats. VLC is known to run into issues like crashing or freezing. Such issues can become a nuisance when left without any fix.

VLC crashing or freezing are common issues and can be fixed with some simple troubleshooting. Here are the troubleshooting measures needed to fix VLC and prevent it from crashing.

We have shown a VIDEO walk through at the end of the post for easy solution.

What To Do When VLC Is Crashing On Windows 10?

VLC crashing can be due to several reasons. Follow the troubleshooting I have mentioned here to fix this issue:

Solution 1: Update VLC

Keeping software updated is one way to prevent bugs and errors. Most issues are patched in such software updates. Similarly, updating VLC can patch the crashing. Updating VLC is simple and here is how it is done:

Open VLC and click on the Help option. From the pop up menu select Check for Updates.


A small window will appear on your screen, asking if you want to download a newer version of VLC. Click on Yes.


This will start the download. After the latest version is downloaded, install it by following the on-screen prompt.


Once VLC is up to date, it should stop crashing. If still VLC keeps crashing in Windows 10, try the next solution.

Solution 2: Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware Acceleration is a feature in VLC that uses the GPU for decoding videos when necessary. This feature is a known cause for many issues like freezing, crashing, etc. Disabling Hardware acceleration decoding has fixed the crashes for many users and may also be the solution you were looking for.

Here is how you can disable Hardware Acceleration on VLC:

Open VLC and click on the Tools tab. Select the Preferences option from the menu.


Click on the Input/ Codecs tab. Change the Hardware-accelerated decoding setting to disable.


After disabling Hardware Acceleration decoding on VLC, check if still VLC keeps crashing. This solution should fix this issue for you. If you find that VLC crashed again, then try the next solution.

Solution 3: Stop Pre-Loading MKV Files

Does VLC crash when you play MKV files? If yes then the issue can be fixed by disabling the pre-load of MKV files setting in VLC. Here is how you can prevent VLC from pre-loading MKV files.

Open VLC and click on the Tools tab. Select the Preferences option next.


In the lower left corner of the Preferences window, select the ALL option in the Show settings section. Locate the Input/ Codecs option on the big panel on the left and expand it. Next expand the Demuxers option and click on the Matroska option. Uncheck the Preload MKV files in the same directory box.


Once done, select the Save option. Otherwise it won’t save the changes you just made.

If your VLC is crashing while playing MKV files, this solution should be able to fix it. If the issue persists, move on to the next solution.

Solution 4: Change FFmpeg Decoding Threads To 2

Changing the FFmpeg decoding threads to 2 has worked for some users who were facing a similar issue. If the above solutions didn’t work, maybe this one will. Here is how you can do it:

Open VLC media player and click on the Tools option. Select the Preferences option again. Next change the Show Settings to All, as in solution 3. Expand the Input/ Codecs option and then expand the Video Codecs option. Click on FFmpeg. In the Decoding section, locate the Threads option and change it to 2.


Finally, save the settings by clicking on the Save option.

Solution 5: Reinstall VLC

If none of the above solution works, try reinstalling VLC. Here is how you can do that:

Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run tool. Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.


Locate VLC among the apps and right-click on it. Select the Uninstall option. Follow the steps given in the uninstallation wizard to complete the process. After VLC uninstalls, download it from their official website and re-install it.

Closing Up

VLC crashing may be annoying but it’s fixable. After you have tried all the above troubleshooting methods, this issue should be fixed for you. Remember to leave your feedback on this topic in the comment section below.

Sanmay Chakrabarti
Sanmay Chakrabarti
Sanmay is a Windows Insider and editor at BottoBotto. He is a Tech enthusiast and has been writing tech blogs for over 2 years now. He loves reading books, traveling to new places and listening to music in his free time.



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