redalert3-crash-fixRecently I tried to explain you how to fix Red Alert 3 freezes and lockups, but I forgot about another error which might occur: the game crashing to the desktop after the splash screen. Fortunately, the folks over at Electronic Arts have a solution for that, too, and I’m going to share it with you. So, if you’re still wondering how to fix Red Alert 3’s crashing to the desktop after the splash screen, here’s the deal:

Crashing after the first game screen or splash screen can be caused by a few different things, including (but not limited to) an incompatible video card, older drivers for a compatible video card or sound card, or a corrupted version of DirectX. There are several steps you can take to try and resolve this issue:

– First, ensure that all of the game’s minimum requirements are met.

– Second, be sure you have the latest drivers available for your video and sound card.

– Next, make sure any unnecessary background tasks are terminated. These tasks could interfere with the running of the game.

– The crash could be caused by various CD-ROM reading errors. While most times the game will display an error about reading the CD, in this circumstance it does not necessarily display such an error.

– Also, anti-virus software can cause conflicts with the game; it is recommended that you disable or configure your anti-virus software to minimize conflicts with the game. Anti-virus software can cause errors when your games try to open files or establish connections because of the active scan and similar settings. EA Download Manager, PunkBuster, etc. are all programs sensitive to active scan and anti-virus filtering.

Hope this solves your Red Alert 3 crash problems!


  1. when i play the skirmish or campaign after a couple of minutes in about of 35 mins the game always crash to the desktop
    this is my system information
    System Information

    Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp.050928-1517)
    BIOS: Phoenix – AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.66GHz
    Memory: 1022MB RAM
    Page File: 265MB used, 1427MB available
    Windows Dir: D:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    NVIDIA GeForce Fx 5500 (256MB)

    it met the minimum requirements why i cant run it without crashing the game?
    pls someone help me i want this game online thx…

  2. Hey, Mike!

    If none of the suggested tips work, make sure you’re not running the game on some too high graphic settings. Try reducing the visual quality of the game just a little bit and see it that helps you. Good luck and let us know if lowering the settings worked.

  3. i already did but instead i got this again… has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    pls help me i need this game online…

  4. Mike, you say your Ram is 1022MB that means 1GB, try adding another 1GB to make it 2GB of ram, i did it to my pc and the crashing is gone…

  5. After applying patches through 1.12, my game now crashes immediately on Campaign > Continue or Load…. It ran flawlessly before I applied the “recommended” patches for multi-player.

    • Yes me to please reply… it worked totally fine before and i just ran an update and it doesnt work anymore!!! help please..

  6. my red alert 3 have error saying…..i have met all the system requirements my video card is Nvidia geforce 9500 Gt and may processor in core 2 duo…my memory is 1gb of ram…

  7. the last 2 days red alert freezes and when i ctrl+alt +dlt it says it is not working what do i do? i rteinstalled it but still made new profile but still i am desperate!

  8. the last 2 days red alert freezes and when i ctrl+alt +dlt it says it is not working what do i do? i rteinstalled it but still made new profile but still i am desperate! heeeeeeeeelp plzzzz


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