Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

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nodehappy Jan 13, 2017 @ 12:36pm
HOW TO FIX YOUR GAME
Is your game doing one of the following?
  • Crashing on launch?
  • Game not starting at all?
  • Says it is running in Steam, but isn't?
If it is, then please read the directions below to get started.

Don't worry, there are some easy fixes for these problems. This instructional was meant to be carried out in order. This means you start here and work your way down through the list one-by-one. Before we delve into deep troubleshooting, let's start with the simple things. Some of the suggestions here might seem strange or you may think they don't apply to you. Please try them anyways as it will make things easier for you. If your issue is not listed above, please scroll to the bottom of this thread and click on the link.

Give Steam Permission

Run Steam with Administrator Privileges.
  1. Right-click on Steam.
  2. Click "Run as Administrator".
If that didn't work, continue on below.

Verify Integrity of Game Cache

In Steam do the following:
  1. Click on Library.
  2. Click on Installed.
  3. Right-click on Stardew Valley.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Click on the Local Files tab.
  6. Click Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
If your game doesn't work after this point, then please continue reading.

Check Your Speakers & Headphones

Did you know that Stardew Valley requires an audio input to run? Yes, it is true and Stardew Valley will crash/fail to launch if an audio input is not enabled.

1. Unplug your speakers. Plug them back in.
2. Unplug your headphones. Plug them back in.

Do you normally play with headphones and have them turned off?

3. Turn your headphones on or turn on your speakers.

Still doesn't work? Try the next suggestions.

Check Your Playback Devices

Do you see this?
Or this:

Yes, it does look like that! Then please enable your settings like this:

Or this:
Or:

Still having issues? Continue reading on!

Disable Compatibility Mode

It is important that Steam does not run in compatibility mode. Please see the image below, if the compatibility mode box is checked, then please uncheck it.

Delete Stardew Valley startup_preferences.

  1. Go to:
    %AppData%\Roaming\StardewValley
  2. Delete startup_preferences.
  3. Start Stardew Valley.

That didn't work. Then please try the next suggestion.

Install DirectX 9.0c

DirectX 9.0c - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34429

That didn't work either! No problem, please try the next suggestion.


Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0

Is Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 installed on your computer?

No, it is not. - Install Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0. Reboot your computer.

Yes, it is. - Please uninstall and then reinstall Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0. Reboot your computer.

Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 Download:



That didn't work either! Then please try the next suggestion.


Run xnafx40_redist.msi in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Stardew Valley\_CommonRedist\XNA\4.0 - Reboot your computer afterwards.


That didn't work either! Then please try the next suggestion.


Are Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables installed on your computer?

Please see: http://i.imgur.com/elNO9b9.jpg

No, the redistributables shown in the image are not installed. Please install them in order:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3387 Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21254 Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable 9.0.2 (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29 Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable 9.0.3 (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=5582 Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable (x64) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15336 Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5555 Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable (x64) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632 Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679 Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679 Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784 Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784 Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x86) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145 Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x64) Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145 Now reboot your computer.

Fun Fact: You probably fixed a bunch of other games that might not have been working by installing the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables.

Yes, the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables are installed. Then please try the next suggestion.

Clean Slate Method

Please, backup your save files by copying the "Saves" directory elsewhere on your computer.

%AppData%\Roaming\StardewValley

Now perform these steps in Steam:

1. Click on Library.
2. Click on Installed.
3. Right-click on Stardew Valley.
4. Click Delete Local Content.

Now navigate to the following directory:

C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Stardew

Make sure the folder "Stardew Valley" doesn't exist. If the folder exists, please remove it.

Navigate to the following directory:

%AppData%\Roaming\StardewValley

Make sure the folder "Stardew Valley" doesn't exist. If the folder exists, please remove it.

Now perform the final steps in Steam.

5. Click on Library.
6. Right-click on Stardew Valley.
7. Click Install Game.

Restore your saved games by moving the "Saves" directory back into:

%AppData%\Roaming\StardewValley

This should work for you. If it doesn't then you may have skipped a step. That still didn't work! Please proceed with the suggestion below.

Scorched Earth Method

Visit the Google Drive link and manually insert the packaged files accordingly. Match the files to their appropriate locations below.

WARNING: If you are unsure how to proceed with files in the Scorched Earth method, it is highly recommended you skip that step and proceed to make a bug report. If you break your computer because you don't know what you are doing, that is your fault. Proceed with caution if you decide to continue with the Scorched Earth method.


Now place the files in their respective system locations as shown below. Restart your computer.

[SysWOW64] File: msvcp100.dll What: 32-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package runtime library Where: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msvcp100.dll File: msvcr100.dll What: 32-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package runtime library Where: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msvcr100.dll File: msvcr100_clr0400.dll What: 32-bit Microsoft C runtime library Where: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msvcr100_clr0400.dll File: xinput1_3.dll What: 32-bit Microsoft DirectX runtime library Where: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\xinput1_3.dll [System32] File: mfc100.dll What: 64-bit Microsoft C Runtime library Where: C:\Windows\System32\mfc100.dll File: mfc100u.dll What: 64-bit Microsoft C Runtime library Where: C:\Windows\System32\mfc100u.dll File: msvcp100.dll What: 64-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package runtime library Where: C:\Windows\System32\msvcp100.dll File: msvcr100.dll What: 64-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package runtime library Where: C:\Windows\System32\msvcr100.dll File: msvcr100_clr0400.dll What: 64-bit Microsoft C runtime library Where: C:\Windows\System32\msvcr100_clr0400.dll File: xinput1_3.dll What: 64-bit Microsoft DirectX runtime library Where: C:\Windows\System32\xinput1_3.dll

I've tried everything listed here in order and it isn't working! No problem, please check out the link:


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