CTD on attempted game launch (started within the last 2 weeks)

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I believe I've played with all of the most recent patches so Im not particularly sure whats happened or changed. I can get into the launcher but the game CTDs within 5 seconds after the title screen pops up on launch.

I have

1. Tried to launch from outside steam (the core .exe)
2. Installed all the C++ distributables and MS updates from a great thread from one of the staff here.
3. Verified game files.
4. Turned off all mods
5. Reinstalled the game.
6. Rebooted windows.
7. Updated my video card drivers.

Im absolutely stumped. All of my other games seem to be working fine. Dxdiag attached. I've never seen anything like this.
 

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I believe I've played with all of the most recent patches so Im not particularly sure whats happened or changed. I can get into the launcher but the game CTDs within 5 seconds after the title screen pops up on launch.

I have

1. Tried to launch from outside steam (the core .exe)
2. Installed all the C++ distributables and MS updates from a great thread from one of the staff here.
3. Verified game files.
4. Turned off all mods
5. Reinstalled the game.
6. Rebooted windows.
7. Updated my video card drivers.

Im absolutely stumped. All of my other games seem to be working fine. Dxdiag attached. I've never seen anything like this.
Ive also checked windows defender and ensured its on the exceptions list.
 

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In the game launcher please set Display mode to Borderless. THEN go here:
And run the x86 and x64 installers there.

IF that doesn't help, Please do a full **clean** re-install:

- move any valued save games elsewhere
- "uninstall" in Steam-EU4
- manually delete both the Steam/SteamApps/common/EU4 AND Documents/Paradox Interactive/EU4 folders
- re-install game in Steam, run a Steam Verify when done.
- add EU4.exe to the exceptions list of your antivirus app; ESPECIALLY if you have Windows Defender, add it to the Ransomware "Apps Allowed Through" list.
- start the game with no mods active and test

In particular make sure there are no files or folders left under either the Steam EU4 or Documents EU4 locations, before installing again.

Also if you have installed RivaTuner, RadeonPro, or a gaming VPN app called Evolve, or the MSI Gaming App, or Duet, disable it as it clashes with this game.



IF that doesn't help:

Please attach here your Documents/Paradox Interactive/EU4/settings.txt and pdx_settings.txt .
From your Documents/Paradox Interactive/EU4/logs/ folder, attach here system.log , error.log .
 
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Great advice here. The only thing I hadnt done was manually delete those folders. As I was I realized I could not delete the documents/EUD folder. I individually deleted all of the folders and ran into, finally, what seems to be the issue. the EUIV/shadercache/ps_3_0 folder is corrupted and unreadable somehow. I literally can't delete it. I'll rename it and try reinstalling.