Full Fix: Opera keeps crashing in Windows 10, 8.1, 7

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Opera is a great Windows 10 browser that has unique options and features. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t occasionally crash like any other browser. So is your Opera browser crashing in Windows 10? If so, these are a few potential fixes.

Opera keeps crashing, how to fix it?

Opera is a great browser, but many users reported that Opera keeps crashing on their PC. Speaking of crashes, here are some similar issues that users reported:

  • Opera crashes on startup – If this issue occurs on your PC, it’s possible that you have a problematic extension installed. Try forcing Opera to start in Private mode and check if that solves the problem.
  • Opera crashes everytime I open it – According to users, sometimes crashing can occur as Opera starts. This is probably caused by a corrupted Opera profile, so be sure to remove it and check if that helps.
  • Opera crashing Windows 7, 8 – Opera issues can occur on older versions of Windows, and even if you don’t use Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to both Windows 7 and 8 alike.
  • Opera crashing new tab – Sometimes crashes can occur when you try to open a new tab. This can be caused by a corrupted Opera installation, so be sure to reinstall Opera and check if that solves the problem.
  • Opera crashes randomly – If random crashes occur on your PC, the issue might be a problematic update. However, you can fix the crashes by finding and removing the problematic update.

Solution 1 – Switch off Opera add-ons and Less Essential Plug-ins

Firstly, consider disabling superfluous Opera add-ons and plug-ins. Third-party add-ons and plug-ins all hog extra system resources and can trigger browser crashes when they don’t load correctly. So they might be a potential factor behind Opera crashing, and you can disable them as follows.

  1. Click the Menu button on the top left of the Opera window.
  2. Select Extensions > Manage extensions from Opera’s menu to open the page below.
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  3. Then click Enabled to open a list of all the activated Opera add-ons.
  4. Press the Disable button under each add-on, or at least switch off the less essential extensions listed there.
  5. Enter ‘opera://plugins’ into the browser’s URL bar and press Return. That will open the Plug-ins page shown directly below.
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  6. There you can also press Disable buttons under the plug-ins to switch them off.

Solution 2 – Update Flash and Java Plug-ins

Adobe Flash and Java are plug-ins that commonly trigger crashes. Of course, you could just disable those plug-ins. However, if you prefer to keep them on, you should at least update Flash and Java.

  1. You can update Adobe Flash from this web page. First, deselect the optional offers check boxes for True Key and McAfee Scan Plus.
  2. Click the Install Now button there to initialize an update.
  3. Press Save File to save the Adobe Flash installer.
  4. Then open the folder that includes the Adobe Flash installer, and double-click it to complete the update.
  5. You can update Java via the Java Control Panel. Click the Start menu to find the Java program.
  6. Then you can click Configure Java to open a Java Control Panel. You can also open that from the Windows Control Panel.
  7. Click the Update tab on the Java Control Panel. Select the Check for Update Automatically check box.
  8. Press the Update Now button to launch Java Update.
  9. With Java Update selected, you’ll also be automatically notified of the latest updates. In Windows 10, you can click the notification dialog to open an Update Available window.

Solution 3 – Rename the Opera directory

In case you’re not familiar, Opera holds all its information in a specific directory on your PC. To fix the problem, you need to find that directory and rename it. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Optional: Enable Opera sync. This feature is useful since it will allow you to sync your files and restore them easily in the later steps.
  2. Press Windows Key + R and enter %appdata%. Now press Enter or click OK.
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  3. Navigate to Opera Software directory.
  4. In there you should see Opera Stable directory. Rename this directory.
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After doing that, you just need to start Opera again, and this folder will be recreated. If you want to restore your saved data, such as history and bookmarks, you need to copy all directories and files from the old Opera Stable directory.

Keep in mind that some of your data might be corrupted, and that can cause issues with your new Opera profile. To fix that, be sure to copy directory by directory and files in groups in order to find which file causes the problem.

If you have Opera Sync enabled, then you can just sign in and all your files should be synced allowing you to continue where you left off.


Solution 4 – Update the Browser

Updates can fix a number of things that might be crashing Opera. Note that the About Opera page will also tell you if you need to update the browser. If an update is available, the browser will then automatically install it. Then you’ll be able to press a Relaunch Now button on the page to restart Opera.


Solution 5 – Re-install Opera

  1. Finally, consider reinstalling the browser if it still crashes. You can install a fresh copy of Opera by clicking the Download now button on this website page.
  2. Press the Save File button to save the installer to Windows.
  3. The open the installer and click the Options button to open the settings below.
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  4. Click the Change button, select an alternative folder to Program Files that you have write access to and click Make New Folder to set up a new subfolder for the path.
  5. Select Stand-alone installation from the Install drop-down menu.
  6. Press the Accept and Install button.

Another way to reinstall Opera is to use uninstaller software. In case you’re not familiar, uninstaller software is a special application that will remove the selected application along with all files and registry entries associated with it. This can be useful if you want to completely remove an application from your PC.

If you’re looking for uninstaller software, consider using IOBit Uninstaller. After removing Opera with this tool, install it again and check if the problem is resolved.


Solution 6 – Use -private launch parameter

According to users, you might be able to fix this issue simply by adding a single parameter to your Opera shortcut. Sometimes your extensions can cause this and other errors to occur, and in some cases, they can even prevent Opera from starting.

If Opera keeps crashing on Windows 10, you might be able to fix the problem simply by entering Private browsing mode. To enter this mode, you need to start Opera regularly and then switch to it, but there’s also a way to force Opera into the Private mode. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Locate Opera’s shortcut. Right-click it and choose Properties from the menu.
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  2. In the Target field add -private after the quotes. Now click Apply and OK to save changes.
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  3. Now start Opera again.

Opera will now start in Private browsing mode. If everything works as it should, it means that one of your extensions is most likely causing issues with Opera. Simply find the problematic extension and remove it, and the Opera will start working again.


Solution 7 – Remove problematic updates

Several users reported that Opera started crashing on their PC after installing a certain Windows update. Although it’s important to keep your system up to date with latest updates, sometimes certain issues can occur.

If this issue started occurring recently, it’s rather likely that Windows update caused it. To fix the issue, you need to find and remove any recent updates. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
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  3. Click on View installed update history in the right pane.
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  4. You’ll see a list of all updates on your PC. Memorize or write down few recent updates. Now click on Uninstall updates.
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  5. List of updates will appear. Double-click the update you want to remove and follow the instructions on the screen.
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Once you remove the recent updates, check if the problem still persists. If not, you might want to block those updates from installing. By default, Windows 10 will automatically install the missing updates causing the issue to reappear. However, you can easily block automatic updates in Windows 10 and prevent the issue from reoccurring.

So those are a few ways you can fix Opera crashes. Remember that extensive website pages with lots of redundant web data might sometimes be the main factor behind browser crashes, which isn’t something you can always fix.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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