How to Get Stray Running on Windows 7

Stray is an incredibly charming game, following a cat that adventures through an apocalyptic cityscape. What isn’t so charming is certain technical issues that players are running into, especially on older systems.

If you’ve encountered an error message following a crash while playing Stray on Windows 7, try these fixes to get it running.

What Are the LowLevelFatalError and Rendering Thread Exception Errors on Stray?

Stray runs on Unreal Engine 4, which means that there are many reasons why it may have crashed. A specific error message that mentions LowLevelFatalError and Rendering Thread Exception is a common reason for Stray to crash, and if you’re experiencing it, you may be trying to run Stray on a system that doesn’t meet the minimum settings.

This error is most commonly encountered by users attempting to run the game on Windows 7 or lower, which is below the minimum requirements for Stray. The error can also occur on certain Linux systems attempting to run the game through a wrapper, or even on modern operating systems running on older hardware.

Can I Run Stray on Windows 7?

Not officially. Stray’s minimum requirements are hard to work around, as the game is already quite taxing on the hardware that it was designed for.

There are some troubleshooting steps you can run through, and we’ve written a guide on why games crash at times. However, it’s unlikely that optimizing your system further will allow Stray to run if it’s crashing outright.

A Possible Fix for Running Stray on Windows 7

Some users are having success getting Stray to run on Windows 7 by utilizing DXVK, or DirectX-over-Vulkan. This is a tool usually used by Linux users to run graphics processing through a Vulkan-based translation layer.

To make it easier to understand, this can help a lot of 3D games function on officially unsupported systems.

Using it for our purposes is relatively simple. Head over to the releases page of the DXVK Github. The download is a GZ file, so you’ll need the right tools to unzip it. Check out our guide on what a GZ file is if you need further help.

The download comes with a few files, but you only need two. In the dxvk-x.xx.x folder, navigate to x64 and extract dxgi.dll and d3d11.dll. Put these somewhere you’ll remember them.

Next, navigate to the installation directory for Stray. This can be done quickly by right-clicking on Stray within Steam, hovering your cursor over Manage, and clicking on Browse Local Files.

Make sure you have the files you downloaded handy. Navigate through Hk_project, then Binaries, and finally Win64. You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see Stray-Win64-Shipping.exe.

Copy both files you extracted into this new location, and that’s it. You can now try running Stray as you normally would, however there’s still no guarantee it will boot. If you encounter further problems, you could try troubleshooting the DXVK files, or consider a system upgrade.

Another thing to note is that even if you get the game running through this method, it may not perform well. You may need to alter system settings to get the game’s performance to an acceptable level.

Running Modern Games on Older Systems

Unfortunately, your options are limited when it comes to running newer games on older systems. If the hardware doesn’t hold you back, older operating systems certainly will. It’s completely unlike the inverse of running older games on newer systems, where your options are plentiful.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you run Stray on Windows 7. If not, it might be time to ask yourself if the adorable cat game will be the one that finally makes you upgrade.

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