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How to Fix Need for Speed Unbound Not Launching, Crashing, or Freezing

To fix Need for Speed Unbound not launching, crashing, or freezing, you can try updating your graphics card, running the game as an administrator, or allowing it in your antivirus.

You can also try disabling overlays/conflicting programs, repairing/verifying the game files, or updating Windows.

In NFS Unbound, the world is your canvas where you’ll have to prove yourself to win The Grand.

Race for 4 intense weeks and earn cash to enter weekly qualifiers.

Beat the competition and set your mark as you outdrive and outsmart the police.

Fill your garage with custom rides and run the streets with your style, fits, and soundtrack.

Express yourself with fresh art styles and signature tags to represent yourself.

There are singleplayer and multiplayer campaigns with hours of adrenaline-pumping action.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix Need for Speed Unbound not launching, crashing, freezing, or having a white/black screen.

Fix 1: Update your graphics card

Fix 2: Run Need for Speed Unbound as an administrator

  1. Navigate to your Steam library.
  2. Right-click Need for Speed Unbound > Properties > Local Files > Browse.
  3. Right-click Need for Speed Unbound > Properties > Compatibility > Run this program as an administrator > Enable > OK > Launch the game.

Fix 3: Allow Need for Speed Unbound in your antivirus

  • Open the Windows settings > Privacy & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection > Manage ransomware protection > Allow an app through Controlled folder access > Add an allowed app > Browse all apps > select Need for Speed Unbound app > Open.
  • Open the Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall > Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall > Change settings > Allow another app… > Browse… > select Need for Speed Unbound app > Add.
  • Turn off Real-time protection: Open the Windows settings > Privacy & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection > Manage settings > Real-time protection > Off.

Fix 4: Disable overlays/conflicting programs

  • Navigate to your Steam library > right-click Need for Speed Unbound > Properties > Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game > Disable.
  • Open Nvidia GeForce Experience > Settings > General > In-Game Overlay > Disable.
  • Open Steam > Steam > Settings > Downloads > Clear Download Cache.
  • Unplug the Logitech or Thrustmaster racing wheel.
  • End the task for Razer Synapse or MSI Dragon Center.
  • Close all of your tabs to free up RAM and relaunch the game.

Fix 5: Repair/verify the game files

  1. Navigate to your Steam library.
  2. Right-click Need for Speed Unbound > Properties > Local Files.
  3. Click on “Verify integrity of game files”.
  4. Launch Need for Speed Unbound.

Fix 6: Update Windows to the latest version

  1. Search for “Check for updates” using Windows Search.
  2. Update Windows to the latest version.
  3. Launch Need for Speed Unbound.

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