If Vermintide 2 or Darktide is stalling on Steam's 'Preparing to Launch' window, the solutions listed below may help you.
- Ensure your PC meets the minimum requirements:
- Ensure the latest Windows updates are installed
- Perform a clean re-installation of your GPU drivers using the instructions below:
- 'Verify Integrity of Game Files' via Steam, using the instructions here: [PC] How to 'Verify Integrity of Game Files' via Steam
- Perform a Selective Startup. This can help diagnose whether a background application is resulting in your issue. This can be performed by:
- Press the Windows key
- Type 'msconfig' and select 'System Configuration'
- On the 'General' tab, select 'Selective Startup'
- Deselect 'Load startup Items'
- Reboot your PC
If the issue no longer occurs after having performed the Selective Startup, try re-introducing your programs one-by-one to determine which is causing your issue.