How To Fix a Minecraft Forge Install That Keeps Crashing

Minecraft was first released over a decade ago and its original origins have made it a target for modders. Today, many players use Forge, a free mod loader that allows them to add brand new content to the game. However, it is not without problems.

Some players report crashes and don’t know how to fix them. The good news is that there are many solutions available. Read about them below.

Minecraft Forge keeps crashing with exit code 1

Some users even received this error without any mods or Forge installed so it is a problem that vanilla Minecraft can also have.

Here are some solutions you will find helpful.

Change the executable path

The executable path points to a set of files and folders that the Forge and Minecraft launchers run. If you received exit code 1, it is likely a single letter error in the path. That letter is an extra “w” in the “java.exe” file.

However, the exit code should disappear once you change the file name. If not, then you should try another solution. Here’s how to change the name.

  1. Open your original Minecraft Launcher, not Forge.
  2. Select ‘Start options’.
  3. Enable “Java Executable File”.
  4. Look at the path and find the “javaw.exe” section.
  5. Remove the extra letter and make sure not to change anything else.
  6. Save the button.
  7. Restart the game and see if the exit code returns.

By following these steps you should get rid of the error completely.

Reinstall Java

Sometimes you have the wrong Java version or you have an outdated build. To fix this, you need to reinstall Java.

  1. Type “Apps and Features” in the Windows search bar.
  2. Go to the menu and scroll down.
  3. Once you find Java, uninstall it.
  4. Follow the on-screen removal instructions.
  5. Go to this page and download the latest version of Java.
  6. Install this new Java copy and try running Minecraft again.

A fresh copy of Java tends to fix most problems. But there is one exception to this rule. Minecraft versions before 1.16 must use Java 8, as newer versions are not compatible with these old builds.

To resolve the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Look for the “Apps and features” section in Windows.
  2. Delete your current Java build.
  3. Go to this page and download Java 8.
  4. Install Java8.
  5. Test Minecraft and see if it works now.

If all goes well, Java 8 will work with older versions of Minecraft.

Reinstall Minecraft

While this isn’t everyone’s favorite solution, there are times when reinstalling everything is easier than finding the source of the error. After you reinstall Minecraft, make sure you follow the correct methods for installing Forge.

  1. Go to “Apps and Features” and find Minecraft.
  2. Delete the game.
  3. Reinstall Minecraft.
  4. Do the same for Minecraft Forge and make sure you have the corresponding version as your current Minecraft build.
  5. Download and install Forge.
  6. Open Minecraft.
  7. Set the profile to ‘forge’.
  8. Test if the game is running.

Hopefully, the removal process will remove any bugs plaguing your game client. It should remove exit code 1 and maybe the others.

Minecraft Forge keeps crashing with exit code 0

Exit code 0 is another common error that Minecraft players encounter when they try to play with mods. While the above solutions can also fix the problem, here are some alternative solutions that have been proven to work.

Remove or disable mods

Minecraft Forge mods are usually only compatible with a single version, such as 1.18. Therefore, mods designed for older versions will not work and may cause errors such as exit code 0.

To check your mod error logs, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type “%AppData%” in the text box.
  3. Go to the “.minecraft” folder.
  4. Locate the “logs” folder.
  5. Open “latest.txt” and read it.
  6. If a mod is causing problems, remove it from the mod folder.

A handy trick is to create a shortcut to the %AppData% file. Many Minecraft veterans will tell you how much time they saved. In addition, you can also create a shortcut to your mods folder for instant access.

Update your GPU drivers

Sometimes outdated graphics drivers are the cause of errors like code 0. Here’s how to update your drivers.

NVIDIA users can refer to these instructions.

  1. Open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app
  2. Click on “Check for updates”.
  3. Choose ‘Game Ready Driver’.
  4. Wait for the driver to be downloaded and installed.
  5. Try Minecraft again.

Here are the steps for AMD owners.

  1. Go to the AMD support page.
  2. Find your GPU model.
  3. Download the latest drivers.
  4. Run the installer.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

You can also try this method.

  1. Launch the AMD Radeon Settings app.
  2. Go to ‘Drivers and software’.
  3. Download the drivers.
  4. Testing Minecraft.

Hopefully these solutions will eliminate exit code 0.

Remove incompatible software

Minecraft is not the most compatible game. Here is a list of known software that you should remove if you want to play.

Situation Normal

Minecraft still hasn’t addressed some of these issues directly, but the developers are constantly checking user feedback and support tickets.

Which method worked for your game? What do you think Mojang should do about these crashes? Let us know in the comments below.

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