24 days ago - AndrewT - Direct link
You have less than 4gb and your video system can take half of that:
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3928MB RAM

Display Memory: 2091 MB
Dedicated Memory: 128 MB
Shared Memory: 1963 MB
You really can't contemplate using any mods, I'm sorry!

If you unload every other app you can before starting the game is it any better?

If not Please do a full **clean** re-install:

- move any valued save games elsewhere, and user_empire_designs.txt from /Documents/Paradox Interactive/Stellaris/ if you have made any custom empires or races.
- "uninstall" in Steam-Stellaris
- manually delete both the Steam/SteamApps/common/Stellaris AND Documents/Paradox Interactive/Stellaris folders
- re-install game in Steam, run a Steam Verify when done.
- add stellaris.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 you need to make sure there are no files or folders left under either the Steam Stellaris or Documents Stellaris locations, before installing again.