If you notice Neverwinter stuck on loading screen, there is a good chance that the display driver is outdated, and you should update it. If the issue persists, it’s wise to launch the game using its launcher, disable on-demand patching, play the game in Safe Mode and do nothing as the game loads. Read to the end to be able to enjoy Neverwinter to the fullest.
What Might Have Gone Wrong
In a nutshell, the obsolescence of the display driver messes up many processes on Windows computers including the loading of games. Unable to recall the last time you updated the display driver of your PC? Then it’s highly likely that the driver is out-of-date and Neverwinter stuck on loading screen is one of the consequences. Unless you take action, you will have a hard time getting the most out of Neverwinter.
For your information, Steam is not only a game distribution platform but also serves as a launcher. Hence, instead of using separate game launchers, you could play all of your games straight from Steam. That being said, a couple of games may act up if you launch them via Steam and Neverwinter is one of them. If you get stuck on the loading screen whenever you play Neverwinter, give Steam some thought.
Generally speaking, on-demand patching is a setting in Neverwinter game launcher, and it’s enabled by default. In use, on-demand patching makes it, so the game only downloads patches if necessary. While on-demand patching usually helps keep the size of the game down, it sometimes creates issues such as lags, long loading times, and so on. To be thorough, you should add on-demand patching to your list of suspects.
It’s not uncommon for Windows users to download and install all sorts of third-party programs on their devices. However, the more programs you have, the higher the odds of conflict which complicate the performance of individual programs.
A lot of people get bored and click randomly as they wait for their game to load. That habit may cause games to hang on occasion, and Neverwinter is not an exception.
A List Of Solutions
Launch Neverwinter Using Its Game Launcher
- Step 1: Go to Neverwinter game folder
- Step 2: Locate Neverwinter.exe, right-click it, and pick Properties.
- Step 3: Go to Compatibility tab, then check the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.
- Step 4: Select Apply, choose OK, and double-click Neverwinter.exe.
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager.
- Step 2: Expand Display adapters, right-click your graphics card and pick Update driver.
- Step 3: Follow onscreen instructions.
- Step 4: Restart your computer as soon as the process completes.
- Step 5: When the screen comes back on, launch Neverwinter and see how things turn out.
Note: You recently updated the driver of your graphics card? In that case, the new driver is the root of the trouble, and you should roll back to the previous driver.
- Step 1: Open Device Manager, right-click your graphics card in Display adapters, and pick Properties.
- Step 2: Go to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver, and follow onscreen instructions.
- Step 3: Restart your computer.
Disable On-Demand Patching
- Step 1: Go to Neverwinter game folder, locate Neverwinter.exe and double-click it.
- Step 2: Select Options, check the checkbox next to Disable and on-demand patching, and choose OK.
- Step 3: Close the game launcher, wait for a moment and launch it again.
Play Neverwinter in Safe Mode
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Update & Security, then choose Recovery.
- Step 2: Hit Restart now under Advanced startup.
- Step 3: In Choose an options screen, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
- Step 4: Press either 4 (F4) to boot into Safe Mode or 5 (F5) to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.
- Step 5: Go to Neverwinter game folder, locate Neverwinter.exe and double-click it.
Do Nothing As The Game Loads
In case you don’t know, Neverwinter is a heavy game that demands a lot of resources. Regardless of the specs of your computer, it could still take some time for Neverwinter to load. Hence, it’s widely advised that you resist the temptation to click randomly every time the game loads. In fact, you should keep your hands off the mouse for good measure.
Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s.
Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he’d stop emailing them asking for more work. Since 2019, he started providing game reviews & tips for Grateful Dead Game. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He’s also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.