Overview: Hitman 2 is a stealth game developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Gamers are facing many issues such as loading, crashing, freezing, connectivity, and graphics issue while playing the game. Today in this article we will troubleshoot these issues and help you to get the best gameplay experience on PC.
So, let’s start with real user’s practical scenarios!
Scenario 1: Hitman 2 Crashing
Playing on PC and currently crashing every time I attempt to load a mission. I have tried Hawke’s Bay and Miami, but both crashed as soon as the loading was completed. I could play 2016 fine, but I am probably below the recommended for cpu. CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 (3.4ghz quad core), GFX: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970. I have the game installed on an SSD and I have tried verifying the files on steam in case something went wrong when trying to download the episodes individually. I don’t have all the levels downloaded at the moment, but in the process of finishing it out just to see if that has any effect on it, but I doubt it will.
Source: Hitman Forum
Scenario 2: Unable to launch Hitman 2
I literally can’t even get the game to launch (Steam, Gold edition). I can change the graphics settings via the launcher, but clicking “play” just closes the game with no error message or anything. Verifying cache does nothing. I have the latest drivers (416.81). Changing graphics settings around does nothing. Running as admin, disabling steam cloud sync does nothing. Did a full reinstall and it still won’t work. i7 7700k, 1080ti, 32gb ram, installed on ssd. Please help
Source: Hitman Forum
Scenario 3: Hitman 2 Miami Error.
Playing Miami, I’m in the garage as a mechanic, I loaded the pneumatic gun and then a blue error screen popped up.
Source: Hitman Forum
As the above users, there are many gamers who are facing these issue with Hitman 2, let’s follow the below steps to fix this.
HITMAN 2 – Game Update 2.14 is Out
Update released on February 26. Update your game to fix many known issues.
Please visit this link to know more about the update.
Fix Hitman 2 Crash with an Error 0xc0000005 and 0x80000003
- Update the latest patch which released on 26th Feb
- Turn off G-Sync in Nvidia settings
- Verify the Verify integrity of game files from steam
Fix Hitman 2 Crashing With Nvidia RTX Graphics Card
Few players have reported a random crashing issue with Nvidia RTX2080 and RTX2070. Try the workaround mention below.
Step 1. Update the game with the latest patch which released on 26th Feb and then try playing the game.
Step 2. For few players, DX12 enables automatically so disable it.
Step 3. Few players have used Debugging Tools for Windows to fix this. Download and install WinDbg from the Microsoft store or Microsoft website.
- Launch Hitman 2.
- Add hitman2.exe to WinDbg.
- Go to the home tab in WinDbg and hit Go, it will stall the game.
Step 4. For few players disabling picture-in-picture in the Gameplay options resolved the issue.
Fix Audio Akmixer Crash Hitman 2
To fix this disable all the sound device from Playback option except your primary device.
Fix NvCamera64.dll Faulting Module Error Hitman 2
Uninstall Nvidia Geforce Experience to fix this error.
Solution 1: Check the System Requirement
Most of the issues occur when your computer does not meet the minimum system requirement to play the game. You may experience significant problems while playing the game, so please make sure your PC meets the minimum configuration to play Hitman 2. Both Minimum and recommended PC requirement is mentioned below. For best gaming experience recommended configuration is preferred.
Minimum System Requirement to Play Hitman 2
Operating System: Windows 7
Architecture: 64 bit
Direct X: Version 11
System Memory: 8GB
Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7870
Hard Drive Space: 60GB
Operating System: Windows 10
Architecture: 64 bit
Direct X: 11
System Memory: 16GB
Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 4790 4 GHz
Graphics Card: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD GPU Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB
Hard Drive Space: 60GB
Solution 2: Perform Hard Reset.
Most of the time hard reset fixes the issue. Unplug all external devices from your computer. The only devices you should leave connected to your computer are your monitor, mouse, and keyboard if the computer is a desktop. Now Shut down your desktop and unplug the power cable from the desktop.
In case of laptop unplug the charger and remove the battery if applicable.
Now press and hold the power button down for approximately 15-20 seconds then plug in the power cable back to the desktop. Plug in the battery and charger back in case of laptop and start the system and launch Hitman 2. In case the issue still persists move on to the next step.
Solution 3: Update Graphics Drivers to Run Hitman 2
Visit your system manufacturer’s website to update system BIOS, sound card and all the necessary driver especially the graphics card driver.
NVIDIA Users: GeForce Experience can be used to check and update the drivers automatically, visit the below link to auto update or update it manually.
AMD Users: Visit the below link to autodetect or manually select your driver.
Solution4: Disable Direct X 12
As Hitman 2 recommended system requirement says to use DX11 so please disable DX12 to fix low FPS, graphics Issue and Stuttering.
Solution 5: Run Steam and Hitman 2 as an Administrator
To run Steam as an administrator make a right click on the Steam icon on the desktop and click on Properties.
Now click on the Compatibility tab and check the box at the bottom under settings where it says Run this Program as an administrator and Click Apply and OK.
Perform the same steps with Hitman 2 icon on the desktop or if you don’t have a shortcut icon go to the path
%steam%\steamapps\common\%game%\%game%.exe – right click – compatibility tab- run as Administrator
Solution 6: Bad or Wrong DirectX installation
Update Direct X by installing the most current version. Direct X is the software which the game uses to communicate with your PC. If it’s outdated or bad it can cause crashing and freezing. Visit the below link to update the Direct X to the latest version from Microsoft website.
Solution 7: Use Recommended Settings to Play Hitman 2
Please keep in mind that higher settings maximize the workload for the system hardware overall, even if your system exceeds the minimum system requirement for the game.
Opting for reduced graphical features in the game is recommended if you are experiencing an issue with performance and stability.
Solution 8: Repair Game From Steam
- Start your computer and launch Steam
- From the Library section, right-click on the Hitman 2 game and select Properties from the menu.
- Select the LOCAL FILES tab and click on the Verify integrity of game files… button.
- Steam will verify the game’s files, this process may take several minutes.
- Once verified click Play game to finalize the installation and repair process.
Solution 9: Update Windows 10
Open Windows 10 setting by pressing Windows + I key on the keyboard, then click on Update & Security, now click on Check for updates to update Windows 10.
Solution 10: Perform Clean Boot
Type in msconfig in Windows search box and click on System Configuration.
Click the Services tab and check the box to Hide all Microsoft Services, then click the Disable All button.
Now click on the Startup tab, then click on Open Task Manager.
It can take a few seconds for the Task Manager list to load.
Click each of the Startup programs in the list then click the Disable button. Disable all.
Close the Task Manager window.
Click OK on the System Configuration window to save your changes.
Restart the system and try launching Hitman 2 game again.
Solution 11: Stop the Windows 10 Apps From Running in the Background
Open Windows 10 setting by pressing Windows + I key on the keyboard, then click on Privacy and then scroll down and select Background apps and disable all the apps which you do not need.
In this way, it will run Hitman 2 smoothly.
Solution 12: Do Not Overclock or Turbo Boost a Processor or GPU
In case you are opting for Overclocking or Turbo Boosting hardware in your computer, then we suggest resetting the processor or GPU to the manufacturer specifications, as doing so may prevent any crashing and freezing.
Also, disable Intel Turbo Booster from BIOS settings and in case you are not able to figure out contact your system manufacturer
Solution 13: Add Exception to Antivirus and Firewall/Disable Windows Firewall and Multiple Antivirus
In case you are facing Hitman 2 loading or launching issue then it might be antivirus or firewall which does not allow the game to load because it recognizes game files as potentially harmful and blocks it from running. Add exceptions for Hitman 2. Call your Antivirus company if you need help in adding an exception for Hitman 2.
Most of the time Antivirus causes your game to crash or freeze so if you have multiple security running on the system then disable all the antivirus except one or try switching to another antivirus if one particular antivirus is causing the issue.
Solution 14: Perform Disk Cleanup
Run Disk Cleanup, open disk cleanup by typing Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 search box as shown below:
Once Disk Cleanup is open put a check mark in front of the all the list and then click on Clean up system files
Once you click on Clean up system Files it will pop up a window with C drive selected, hit ok. It will again bring up disk cleanup windows again, put a check in front of all the list and then hit OK to clean the disk.
This will get rid of all the unnecessary files on the system. Restart your PC and launch Hitman 2.
Solution 15: Correct Windows 10 Virtual Memory/Pagefile
If the Windows 10 virtual memory is not set right, there is a chance of crashing and freezing issue with Hitman 2.
In Windows search box type in System and click on System as shown below.
Now click on Advanced System Settings
On System Properties Window under the Advanced tab click on Settings as shown below
On Performance Option Window under advanced click on Change
On Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
From the list, select the drive on which Windows 10 is installed. (C: in most cases is already selected) click to select the Custom size radio button. Now type the minimum and maximum size of the Pagefile in megabytes (MB) according to the physical memory present in your computer.
Now how to calculate Windows 10 Virtual Memory: Initial size is one and a half (1.5) x the amount of total system memory. Maximum size is three (3) x the initial size. So, in this system we have 8 GB (1 GB = 1,024 MB x 8 = 8192 MB) of memory. The initial size would be 1.5 x 8192 = 12288 MB and the maximum size would be 3 x 12288= 36864 MB.
Now click on Set and hit OK. Restart your PC and launch Hitman 2.
Solution 16: Flush Your DNS
This troubleshooting is for the connectivity issue when you are getting kicked off from the Hitman 2 online
Type cmd in the Windows search box and then make a right click on Command Prompt to Run as an Administrator.
When the command prompt opens, type ipconfig/flushdns and press Enter.
Repeat the same process for below commands.
Type ipconfig /registerdns and press Enter.
Type ipconfig /release and press Enter.
Type ipconfig /renew and press Enter.
Type netsh winsock reset and press Enter.
Reboot your computer and launch Hitman 2.
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Solution 17: Uninstall and Reinstall Hitman 2
If somehow game files have gone corrupt then uninstalling and reinstalling Hitman 2 may fix the issue.
- Launch Steam
- Go to the Library Section
- Make a right click on the Hitman 2 game and select Properties from the menu
- Select the Local FILES tab and click UNINSTALL… button
After uninstall restart the system and then reinstall the Hitman 2 and launch the game.
Solution 18: Reinstall the Windows 10
Sometimes corrupt OS does not allow you to play the game properly. Reinstalling Windows 10 may fix the issue.
Please note that you will lose all the data on your computer when you reinstall the OS.
Please visit this link to learn how to reinstall Windows 10 using USB flash drive
I hope this article helped you to resolve Hitman 2 crashing, freezing, and connectivity issue.