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How to Fix “The application encountered an unrecoverable error” in Overwatch 2

Are you getting a “The application encountered an unrecoverable error” in Overwatch 2?

The error message happens when you’re trying to launch the game but failed.

Overwatch 2 was released on October 4, 2022.

Since its release, the game has had multiple known issues.

Some of the known issues are server disconnection, cosmetics, items, currency not showing up, and others.

In this guide, you’ll learn what “The application encountered an unrecoverable error” means in Overwatch 2 and how to fix it.

What does “The application encountered an unrecoverable error” mean in Overwatch 2?

“The application encountered an unrecoverable error” is a bug/glitch in Overwatch 2.

According to a Technical Forum Agent in the Blizzard forums, they mentioned restarting the game to fix it.

However, if the same error shows up, players need to post their DXDIAGs so that they can investigate.

Currently, Blizzard is currently investigating the issue and is working on a fix.

The forum post has hundreds of replies that complained about the issue.

“Every time I launch Overwatch 2, it prompts me with: The application encountered an unrecoverable error. Click ‘OK’ to create a memory dump, then please share it on our support site”.

“Same here. It was working just fine when I played before the downtime. After maintenance, I’m only getting this error message when I launch the game”.

“Terrible development practice that does not provide a readable log about why the game is crashing with an unrecoverable error. The binary output that they ask you to upload is probably something super trivial and there’s just no way to see that”.

How to fix “The application encountered an unrecoverable error” in Overwatch 2

To fix “The application encountered an unrecoverable error” in Overwatch 2, you need to either run Overwatch.exe as an administrator or turn off “Memory integrity”.

You can also try scanning and repairing the game or restarting it.

Fix 1: Run Overwatch.exe as an administrator

The application encountered an unrecoverable error in Overwatch 2
  1. Open the Battle.net app.
  2. Select “Overwatch 2”.
  3. Click on the gear icon.
  4. Select “Show in Explorer”.
  5. Right-click “Overwatch Launcher”.
  6. Select “Run as administrator”.

Fix 2: Turn off “Memory integrity”

Memory integrity
  1. Exit Overwatch 2.
  2. Search for “Core Isolation” using Windows search.
  3. Turn off “Memory integrity”.
  4. Launch Overwatch 2.

Fix 3: Scan and repair

  1. Launch Battle.net and select “Overwatch 2”.
  2. Click on the gear icon next to the play button.
  3. Select “Scan and repair”.
  4. Select “Begin scan”.
  5. Launch Overwatch 2.

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