Knowledgebase: Stronghold Crusader 2
Game not starting correctly?
Posted by Lord Diligent (Firefly), Last modified by Lord Victorious (Firefly) on 05 November 2019 05:02 PM

If you experience issues with the game not starting correctly, please follow the following troubleshooting steps:


1) Do you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer?

Lots of games have problems with overprotective anti-virus programs.  If you are using anti-virus please make sure Stronghold Crusader 2 has been added to your list of exceptions.  Please consult your anti-virus manual for instructions on how to do this.  The default installation path for the Stronghold Crusader 2 game file is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\bin\win32_release\Crusader2.exe


2) Make sure you have installed the prerequisite files required to run Stronghold Crusader 2


3) Verify your Stronghold Crusader 2 files

  1. Login to the Steam client
  2. Within Library, right-click on Stronghold Crusader 2 and select Properties
  3. Select the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache... button.
  4. Steam will check all the game files were downloaded correctly. This process may take several minutes. If any files are missing Steam will download them the next time you run the game.


4) Delete your Stronghold Crusader 2 initialisation file

Locate your C:\Users\[User]\Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2\Profiles folder and delete options.xml.  This will force Stronghold Crusader 2 to redetect your computer settings again when loading the game.


5) Create a new local user account

Some errors occur because of a problem with the current Windows local user account.  Create a new local user account using the following instructions:

Run Stronghold Crusader 2 in the new local user account.


6) Use the Windows System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted Windows system files

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files.



If you are still experiencing problems, please contact support with the following information:

  1. A detailed description of the problem
  2. A list of any security systems on your computer including anti-virus software
  3. A dxdiag file from your computer so that we can view your computer spec.  Instructions on how to create a dxdiag file can be found here:


* - this is the default Steam install location for Stronghold Crusader 2

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