Ghost Recon Wildlands Skip Intro, 100% CPU Usage, Freezing Issues Fix

After lots of anticipation and a big beta release, the Ghost Recon Wildlands is finally here. The first impression of this game tells me that it looks quite good. Naturally, some people will have problems and issues while playing it on their PCs.

The most common problems that people are having with Ghost Recon Wildlands are stuttering, low FPS, and some controller problems. Overall, this is not bad title because it’s not broken and is perfectly playable.

In the process of fixing these issues, Ubisoft has released two day-one patches for the owners of the game too. So, if you are having any problems, please make sure that you have those two installed. After that, if you face any problems, continue reading to know fixes for all the problems.

As always, I’ll start by listing the system requirements for Ghost Recon Wildlands. This is because if you have a PC which falls below the minimum required hardware specifications, you’ll have a bad experience while playing the game.

Ghost Recon Wildlands System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 / AMD R9 270X (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible using the latest drivers

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7- 3770@ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX970/GTX 1060 or AMD R9 390/RX480 (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible using the latest drivers

Download Latest Drivers for your GPU

To get the best experience on your PC while playing Ghost Recon Wildlands, you should install the latest GPU drivers.

Nvidia Drivers 378.78

AMD Drivers

Known Issues

As I mentioned above, Ubisoft has already pushed two day-one patches for Ghost Recon Wildlands, so we can be sure that they are acknowledging the issues with the game. Of course, since it’s early release time, you can’t expect everything to be sorted out.

The official Ubisoft forums have these issues listed for your convenience. Take a look at them to know their status — Known issues.

Skip Game Videos

Apart from the in-game videos, three videos will play before you can get to the main game screen. First few times, its fine, but after that, it can get quite annoying. You can skip these videos by following the instructions below:

Skip Intro Videos

  • Go to <game-installation-folder>\videos\. You’ll see multiple .bk2 files here.
  • Look for Nvidia.bk2Ubisoft_Logo.bk2, and VIDEO_EXPERIENCE.bk2 and rename them to something else other than their original name. You can do something like Nvidia.bk2.temp.

Skip Warning Videos

  • Go to <game-installation-folder>\videos\TRC. You’ll see a few folders here. Depending on your preferred language, go to the appropriate folder.
  • If you are using the English language, go to the 004_English folder and rename Epilepsy.bk2, and WarningSaving.bk as I mentioned you above.
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Skip Main Menu Videos

Fix Random Freezing

Currently, there are issues with Steam overlay for the game. If you want to get rid of the random stuttering while playing, disable the Steam overlay.

  • Open Steam and go to Settings.
  • Go to Steam Overlay > In-game.
  • Select Disable Steam overlay.

This will disable Steam overlay for all your Steam games. If you want to disable the overlay only for Ghost Recon Wildlands, then try this:

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Right-click on Ghost Recon Wildlands and open Properties.
  • Uncheck the Enable steam overlay while in-game.

100% CPU Usage

While playing Ghost Recon Wildlands, you’ll notice that the GPU usage is always high. If you have got a high-end PC, that’s not an issue. But for those of us who are somewhere in the middle regarding hardware, this is not okay.

High CPU usage can make other programs starve and essentially pause their working while the game is running. If you are getting 100% CPU usage on your PC, here’s what you can do.

  • Run the game normally and load your most recent game.
  • After that, press Alt + Tab to minimize it to the Desktop.
  • Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete to open the Task Manager.
  • Go to Details tab and look for GRW.exe.
  • Right-click on it and click on Set process priority.
  • Set this to Normal.
  • Now go back to the game and play it normally.

For some reason, the Ghost Recon Wildlands runs at Above Normal priority on Windows by default. I guess Ubisoft made it that way. Also, disable Uplay overlay.

Corrupted Download

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Right-click on Ghost Recon Wildlands and go to Properties.
  • Select the Local files tab and click on Verify integrity of game files button.
  • Wait for it to finish.
  • Once it completes, play the game normally.

Change Language

If you have bought the game from somewhere other than Steam like G2A, you can have wrong languages in the game. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do if you don’t have the correct version of the game from Steam.

If you have the original Steam version, try refunding the game and use Ubisoft support to report your issue.

Can’t Interrogate Enemies

Some people are having this problem where they aren’t getting the option to interrogate a ‘High-Value Target’. I’m not sure if this a bug, per say, but once you have all the intel in an area, the game stops displaying the interrogate option for Lieutenants and other enemies.

PC Restarting while playing Ghost Recon Wildlands

If your PC restarts while playing the game, make sure that your hardware is working correctly. Since the game is very demanding on the hardware, both of your CPU and GPU are working and consuming full power. The most common reason for this restarting problem is underpowered PSU.

Check and make sure that the power supply that you are using can support your PC’s hardware under full load. If you aren’t sure how to do that; go to PCPartPicker and build your a PC with the exact configuration that you currently have. The website will show you if your PSU is suitable for the config or not. If your PSU is underpowered, you’ll need to buy a new one.

Orange-Reddish Artifacts on AMD GPUs

Some AMD users have this problem where they get orange-reddish color artifacts while playing the game. These artifacts are more than common and appear randomly in the world. To fix this issue, check if you have overclocked your GPU or not.

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This artifacting only happens when you have an unstable overclock or very hot GPU. You can use the MSI Afterburner utility to see details about your GPU clock speeds and temperature. You can also use the AMD Crimson if you have that installed.

This, of course, is also possible on Nvidia GPUs, but I haven’t heard anyone complaining. The same solution is applicable for Nvidia too if you are getting artifacts in the game.

Game Outdated Version Warning

The latest version at the time of writing this post is v1.1.5. Make sure that you have this version. If you have just updated the game and are still getting the outdated version warning, do the following:

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Right-click on Ghost Recon Wildlands and go to Properties.
  • Select the Local files tab and click on Verify integrity of game files button.
  • Wait for it to finish.
  • Once it completes, you won’t get this warning.

Also, make sure that any of the screen recording utilities are disabled while you are playing. The Geforce Experience FPS counter should be OFF. If the “Outdated version” warning still doesn’t go, then try the following method:

  • Open the folder where Ghost Recon Wildlands game files are.
  • Delete the following files: Events.xml, Uyuni.grw, VersionDescription.ini, and NvGsa.x64.dll
  • Try to run the game from GRW.exe and see if that works.

Stuck on “Press any Key” after Update

When you are on the “Press any key” screen, minimize the game and then maximize it. The game will gain focus and your will start registering your keystrokes.

  • Open Ghost Recon Wildlands and wait until you get to the “Press any key” screen.
  • Press Alt + Tab to minimize the game to the desktop.
  • After that, press Alt + Tab again to maximize it.

This will give the game focus and you’ll be able to get past this screen.

Crash after loading Campaign

Even after the update v1.0.5 update, some people are having issues related to crashing. I don’t know any fix for this problem right now. Meanwhile, you can take a look at a thread related to crashing to see what others are saying about this.

GRW: Error Tarijah-00100 (Connectivity Issues)

The GRW: Error Tarijah-00100 error shows up if the ports on your PC aren’t available for GRW.exe to consume. Use this guide to know more. Essentially, you need to have the following ports open for the game to work properly:

Uplay PC: TCP: 80, 443, 14000, 14008, 14020, 14021, 14022, 14023 and 14024.

Game Ports: UDP 3074 to 3083

Transfer Beta Save Game to the Full Release

Well, you are out of luck in this department. Ubisoft has officially deleted all your progress saves, so you’ll have to start over again. I guess it makes sense. The beta version was to check the game and not to give you the full Ghost Recon Wildlands experience. Whether you like it or not, there’s not much you can do.

Ghost Recon Wildlands won’t Start

Provided your PC is above the minimum system requirements, you’ll also need to make sure that you have adequate VRAM on your GPU. This game refuses to run on any GPU with less than 2GB VRAM. As per our diagnosis even 2GB VRAM is not enough for the game, the game feels a lot sluggish due to textures taking time to load.

Ghost Recon Wildlands DirectX error

This game uses the DirectX API to render graphics. If your PC has an outdated version of those, the game won’t work properly. You can solve this error by simply installing the DirectX runtime on your Windows PC.

That’s all that I can think of right now. If you have any other issues, please use the comments section and let me know. I’ll add them to this list with a FIX.