I am attempting to launch either vanilla or modded Fallout 4, but either way, I cannot get past the initial loading screen. It freezes the second the circle in the bottom right corner comes up.

Since I am using Nexus Mod Manager, I thought that was the problem and uninstalled all mods I had loaded and disabled all mods checked. Still, that did not fix the problem. I have since wiped everything from the Fallout 4 folder and reinstalled the game completely - but it still won't launch.

Any idea on how to fix this?

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    Did you ever play the game? (ala: Did it stop working, or did it never work on your system?)
    – Sumurai8
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 18:11
  • @Sumurai8 I have completed the main story and also have passed the recommended system requirements. Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 19:11
  • Was there anything significant you did before it stopped launching? Update drivers, download DLC, etc.?
    – pushasha
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 20:06
  • If using Steam, have you tried validating install? Right click the game in your library, and select Properties. Go to the local files tab, and select "Verify Integrity of Game Cache". Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 21:04
  • @pushasha Adding mods via Nexus Mod Manager and changing some .ini files because it said something about "The old Fallout4.asi (or some file name like that) has slow loading times." Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 21:51

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You must also delete C:\Users\*your name*\AppData\Local\Fallout4Fallout 4 crashes on startup, community.bethesda.net

This directory contains your mod and .esp load order (save it somewhere else!), which the program is calling for and cannot access because they don't exist anymore. (= crash)


The last time that I had that issue was when I tried to run Fallout 4 on a computer that couldn't handle the graphics, check your graphics card and make sure it can handle Fallout 4 even on minimal graphic settings.

  • GeForce GTX 970, Intel i7-3820 @ 3.60 GHz Overclocked 4 Core, 16 GB of RAM, and Windows 10 64-bit. I think I'm good. Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 21:52
  • @CamouflagedCow did you try it? "I think i'm good", well that is just obviously false, you are here asking a question because it doesn't work :).
    – Mixxiphoid
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 16:17
  • @Mixxiphoid The "think I'm good" was for the specs. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 4:41
  • @CamouflagedCow I understand that, but did you try it?
    – Mixxiphoid
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 5:27
  • @Mixxiphoid I opened Fallout 4 on that PC, and the issue still persists. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 5:39

Have you considered to look into the papyrus logs? If i remember correctly you can activate logging in the Fallout4.ini. The logs will be generated in the user folder in Documents/Fallout4/logs. This maybe give you a hint what goes wrong.

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