Are you experiencing long loading time or sometimes even stuck at the loading screen in popular games such as World of Warcraft, Fortnite or PUBG? Here’s some workarounds and tips that you may want to know to fix the long loading screen in such games.
This guide is assuming the cause of your long loading screen problem is not due to bad network connectivity, missing or corrupted game files. If you have a bad internet connection, you probably have to look into your connection stability or call your ISP. Otherwise, try the tips below.
How to fix long loading screen in PUBG or WoW
Here are some quick workarounds suggested by players who also have similar long loading screen issues when playing WoW or PUBG. They are worth trying as some users who have tried them responded that these fixes help fixing their long loading screen problems in these games.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds long loading screen fix
A pro player has suggested to turn off the replay feature in the game. It has helped to improve the loading time significantly for some players after turning the replay feature off.
Try to also exclude or add PUBG to the exception list of your protection software, particularly Windows Defender. There are many cases where after turning off or adding PUBG to Windows Defender exception list, the loading time is dramatically reduced.
World of Warcraft long loading screen problem
There is a common fix for the long loading screen problem in WoW that has been proven to work for most players who encounter similar issue. You can try the fix to see if it fix yours.
While you’re logged into WoW and on any instance, bring up the chat and enter the following command line.
/console worldPreloadNonCritical 0
Another workaround is to turn off the streaming feature in Blizzard client. Go to your Blizzard launcher / client, click on the Blizzard logo usually at the upper left corner of the window. Then, select Settings. Go to the Streaming settings and uncheck the Enable streaming option to disable it.
The other more practical way to reduce loading time is by reducing your view distance in-game which can be set from within the WoW’s graphic settings. That will mean to sacrifice your view distance in exchange of faster loading time.
Long loading screen in games due to slow HDD
In order to display graphics and game contents to you, the game will need to load the contents, maps, instances, models or whatever else required all from your HDD during the so called loading screen before you can play the game.
Thus, if you have a slow, congested, fragmented or simply a bad HDD, it will drastically increase the loading time of your games. Sometimes when your disk is in used by other software you run simultaneously with your games, it would also cause slow and long loading screen.
You can check if that’s the case by simply checking on your disk activity when your game is stuck on the loading screen. Right-click on your taskbar and select to open Task Manager. Go to the Performance tab and look at the activity of the disk where your game is stored. If it’s constantly running at 100% active time, it implies that your HDD has a problem and you may need to do some maintenance works (read below).
A slow HDD is one of the most common reasons that actually cause the long loading screen issue in games most of the time, regardless of the OS you are using, be it on a Windows 10, Mac or Linux computer.
Using a SSD to help improve the read speed
Since disk reading speed is a direct factor and cause of games’ long loading screen problem, a faster hard disk drive like a solid state drive (SSD) would definitely improve and help solving long loading screen in games on your computer.
Running CHKDSK and defragment your HDD
If you have been using your HDD for a very long time, storing tens to hundreds of GB contents without properly maintaining it, it could be the reason why it’s becoming slower and slower and thus, causing long loading screen in games.
To help fix the congestion and fragmented problem in your hard disk drives and to improve their reading and writing speed, we need to run maintenance tools like CHKDSK and defragmentation.
CHKDSK helps to fix disk errors and eliminate bad sectors in your HDD. Here’s a guide on how to run CHKDSK on Windows 10 correctly: How to Run CHKDSK in Windows 10.
Defragment is especially useful to fix slow HDD and HDD always run at 100% issues. It is a best practice to run defragmentation at least once per month for an always in used HDD. Here’s a simple steps to run defragment for your HDD using the Windows default defragmentation system. Alternatively, you can use a third party software like the popular Auslogic Disk defragmenter that has a free version which you can download and use for free.
To defragment, let’s say, your E: drive, here’s how to do it:
- Go to This PC on your Windows 10 PC.
- Right-click on the drive where your game (that has the long loading screen problem) is stored.
- Then, select Properties.
- Go to the Tools tab and click on the Optimize button under Optimize and defragment drive section.
- Select your drive and click on the Optimize button to start the defragmentation for the selected drive.
The disk defragment process may usually take quite a long time to finish. It could run for a couple of hours depending on the size of your HDD and how full it is. It is also advised that you do not use the HDD (reading any contents from it) while the defragment runs.
When all these tools are successfully executed and completed, you should be able to see the difference of the game’s loading time now. Let us know if these help to solve the long loading screen problem in your WoW, PUBG or Fortnite game.