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Sons of the Forest won't launch? Crashes with an error? Unable to connect to the server? - Problem solving


Sons of the Forest won't launch? Crashes with an error? Unable to connect to the server? - Problem solving

Once in the list of the most bought games, Sons of the Forest made a huge splash and even managed to "drop" the Steam server for a while. In this guide, we will describe the resolution of technical errors that you may have encountered when starting the game or during gameplay.

System requirements

Minimum system requirements to run Sons of the Forest without lags, glitches, and performance drops:

  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: INTEL CORE I5-8400 or AMD RYZEN 3 3300X
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • HDD: 20 GB hard disk space
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 570 with 3 GB of memory
  • DirectX version: 11
  • Keyboard, mouse

Recommended system requirements for playing Sons of the Forest comfortably at maximum graphics settings:

  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: INTEL CORE I7-8700K or AMD RYZEN 5 3600X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 20 GB hard disk space
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 6 GB of memory
  • DirectX version: 11
  • Keyboard, mouse

General Tips for Fixing Errors

Outdated drivers are often the main problem when running various games. We recommend that you install the latest versions of current updates.

Update your video card drivers


Sons of the Forest requires DirectX 11 to play, but a newer version will contain the necessary libraries. You can download the current version of DirectX from the link from the official Microsoft website.

Microsoft Visual C++

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is one of those utilities that most games on your PC won't run without. We recommend downloading and installing all versions of this product. Download link.

How to fix the error "E502 L3"

This error is not only related to the game Sons of the Forest but is also directly related to the Steam servers. It can occur to users during the purchase of the game and when trying to start it. At launch, Sons of the Forest had over 230,000 users playing or downloading the game. This affected the quality of the Steam servers. The error is currently being quickly corrected, but if you have it, do not rush to get upset, just try restarting Steam. Log out of your account and log back in, and then try to download or launch the game again.

How to solve a problem with buying Sons of the Forest

During the start of sales, and to this day, there is an error in which it is impossible to buy Sons of the Forest in the Steam game store. We have already described this problem above. At the moment, Steam is actively working on fixing the problem and assures that the game will be available to all users in the near future.

How to fix "Unable to connect to server" error

This error may appear for users who are trying to play in multiplayer mode. It is connected primarily with your router. First, try restarting your modem. If that didn't work, try the following:

  • Disable direct connection and connect via Wi-Fi;
  • Also, try connecting to a different network (if possible);
  • Disable VPN services, or vice versa, and enable them.

Sons of the Forest not working on Windows 7

The game's system requirements state that Sons of the Forest will require Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating systems to play.

How to fix the error "0x0c000142"

In most cases, this error is related to your operating system. To eliminate it, you need to run a standard file check in the Windows system. For this:

  • Hold down the keys "Win + R" ;
  • Type "sfc /scannow" into the search box without quotes;
  • Wait for the check to finish and restart your PC.

How to fix the "0xc000007b" error

A crash with this error is possible only for players using NVIDIA video cards. The usual reinstallation of the video driver helps to solve this problem.

Crashes with "Not enough memory" error

If you have less than 12 GB of RAM, then most likely you will not be able to play Sons of the Forest. The minimum system requirements set a clear RAM limit.

Verify integrity of game files on Steam

The vast majority of errors, crashes, and launch issues in Sons of the Forest are due to corrupted game files. To do this, it is recommended to run a file check in Steam:

  • Launch the Steam application and go to the library ;
  • Click "RMB" on the name of the game Sons of the Forest, and then go to "Properties" ;
  • Click on "Local Files", and then click "Verify Integrity of Game Files".

Where are the Sons of the Forest save files located?

All your saves are easy to find along the way:

  • "UserName/AppData/Local/Endnight/Sons of the Forest/Saves"

Why is the game not saving?

If progress is not saved during gameplay, you must make sure that only latin letters and special characters are present along the save path. The presence of names in Cyrillic can lead to a similar error.