How to run Fallout: New Vegas on Windows 10

There are about a million threads on this. You know that. If you have Fallout 3: New Vegas and upgraded to Windows 10 recently, you might have found that the game crashes almost immediately after you start it. The same happens with Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Bethesda. Here’s what you can do.

Admin and Compatibility Mode

You could try playing in Compatibility Mode with a number of different OS, such as Vista Service Pack 2, Windows 8, and Windows 7. You could also try to play the game in admin mode. This might help. If not, try reinstalling the games.

When (and if) you contact support, they will ask for your MSInfo and your DXdiag. This means there is an error with Windows 10. You feel frustrated. We get it. You might even have considered downgrading to Windows 7. Right? Don’t fret, we’re here to help.


If you have Windows 10 and can’t run FNV without experiencing issues, here are some more things you can do. Choose Properties after right-clicking on the desktop Steam icon. To see if the Compatibility Mode box is checked, click on the Compatibility Tab. Close Steam, then reopen it and try to start the game.

At C:\Steam Library or C:\Program Files, you can find the game app and run it in a mode that’s compatible with Windows. Choose Troubleshoot Compatibility, then select Program. If the program asks for additional permissions, check the box, then click on Next. You’ll see a Test button next. Click on it, then go to Next. The troubleshooter can be closed after saving the specific program settings.

Driver Updates

So, you’ve tried all that and still no luck? You need to see if your drivers have been updated. Click on NVIDIA or AMD to get the latest ones if applicable. Go to C drive > Users and get rid of the INI files under user name. You should have the FNV files verified through Steam.

You must block the drivers for the Nvidia graphics processor/card from Windows Updates. A graphics processor has been integrated in your CPU. The driver installed by Windows should suffice; after all, use of a concrete Intel driver (HD graphics and CPU) is not that important to the game’s outcome.

Which graphics processor should you download and install?

One option is version 359.60. The most important thing about the driver is to make sure the one for Nvidia GT730 has been installed properly. If you determine that, you can rule it out as the possible cause of the problem with Fallout not starting. 359.60 works well with Windows 10 according to people who’ve used it with a GTX770.

Depending on your version of Windows 10 (64 or 32 bit), download the driver installer from the respective website and have your current one uninstalled. Have your show/hide option block Nvidia graphics drivers from installing. Reboot, then install the new driver and reboot again. Don’t install any Nvidia components other than the ones you use. For instance, don’t install the Nvidia HD Audio driver if you don’t use HDMI for audio.

Installing the Geforce Experience might be a good idea because this will adjust your game settings to your graphics card automatically.

Its dedicated VRAM of 1-2 GB is one of the GT 730’s many advantages over an Intel HD4400 Integrated graphics. This improves performance to an extent. Nvidia gaming grade cards begin with a 5 as the second number. However, the GT 730 might run Fallout New Vegas worse than both PS3 and XBOX360.

Enable Intel HD Graphics

It should be possible to try Fallout New Vegas on the Intel HD graphics by enabling them in Device Manager if they are active in BIOS and if you’ve installed the driver. You need to download the latest version of Windows 10 from the computer manufacturer’s website.

Different systems work well with different versions. You also need to switch the cable from the graphics card on the mother board to the Integrated graphics port. The Nexus has a few more good ideas on issues involving Windows 10 and Fallout.

Fallout New Vegas: FAQ

Running Fallout on Windows 10 is far from the only issue people are interested in. For instance, a lot of people want to know how to stop Fallout New Vegas from freezing their computer. If you’ve had this problem, we have the solution: run the game in compatibility mode in order to stop Fallout New Vegas from crashing. To switch this mode on, right click on the game icon and select properties. Then, click on the compatibility tab tick mark, then on OK.

What laptops can run New Vegas?

Almost every new laptop will work for playing Fallout: New Vegas. The system requirements are far from strict. Your laptop needs to meet the requirement of 2GB. You also need hard drive space of at least 10 GB.

Another common issue is Fallout New Vegas freezing PS3 in particular. Freezing has no cure. You need a lot of free space, stop dust from collecting in the system, keep your PS3 well-ventilated, and play offline. Try to have fun. If the game is unbearable, just return it and buy another one.

What are the laptop requirements to run Fallout 4?

The minimum requirements to run Fallout New Vegas 4:

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Equivalent to X4 945 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent.


If you have Windows 10 and want to play Fallout: New Vegas, you shouldn’t have any issues. Our guide should have resolved them all – it doesn’t get more detailed than this. We wish you an amazing time playing your favorite game. Freezes can occur, but the game itself works fine. There are modifications to improve its performance, such as the Stutter Remover. Keep in mind you’ll need to tweak it manually. You might have no issues with FNV at all, irrespective of how many plugins you have and how script heavy they are.