Opera Isn't Working on Windows 11: 6 Tested Ways to Fix It

Corrupt browser data can make Opera crash on PC

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Key notes

  • Opera is one of the best browsers out there, but it still runs into the occasional problem every now and again.
  • Keep reading if you're having issues with Opera not working properly or if some web pages are not responding.
  • This issue can be an easy fix but make sure you back up your browser data before trying the solutions listed below.
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Opera is one of the best browsers out there, and users have nothing but good things to say about it. However, it is not exempt from the occasional issues or problems.

Some users have reported difficulties with Opera after upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Such issues include freezing and no response from certain web pages.

If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 11, follow this guide to know how to fix Opera if it’s not responding in the earlier operating systems.

Whether you’re having issues with pages not loading or Opera not working altogether, keep reading to find your way through it.

Quick Tip:

The quickest approach to resolve this issue is to reinstall the Opera One browser and have an up-to-date fresh installation.

The issue may not be with Opera One itself, but a lack of the most recent version or a cringed-up old installation may corrupt some files, making it difficult to deal with.

Opera One

Run the latest version of Opera to avoid bugs and errors and browse freely!

This guide will surely get you back on track with Opera in o time, so go on reading it thoroughly.

Does Opera work with Windows 11?

Opera is one of the high-level browsers for all devices. It is frequently updated and is one of the first browsers to work with Windows 11 seamlessly.

It is a lightweight browser, making interoperability between new and old operating systems easy. So, you can always use Opera on Windows 11 and older PCs.

Why is my Opera not working?

The reasons Opera is not working on Windows can be down to the wrong settings on the browser or other glitches. Below are some of the popular causes:

  • Outdated browser
  • Corrupt browser data
  • Ad-blocker activity
  • Malfunctioning add-ons

How do I fix Opera if it’s not working in Windows 11?

1. Update browser

  1. Open the Opera menu by clicking on the O in the top left corner. Open the Opera menu
  2. Click on the Update & Recovery… option. update and recovery opera not working windows 11
  3. If there are any updates available, then update Opera.
  4. Click the Relaunch now button to restart your browser. Click relaunch now

Be sure to stay up to date on all Opera updates to avoid running into any issues.

2. Disable add-ons

  1. Open the Opera menu by clicking on the O in the top left corner.
  2. Click on Extensions, then select Extensions again. Open extensions
  3. Go through and disable all of your add-ons. If the issue is fixed, it was due to a faulty add-on. disable all add-ons
  4. To find the problematic add-on, enable the add-ons one at a time to see which one is causing the issue.
  5. Remove the faulty add-on by clicking the ‘X’ in the corner of the extension. Click the X to remove faulty extension

Add-ons are a great way to customize your browser, but some might negatively impact your browser’s operation.

3. Disable ad-blocker

  1. Open the Opera menu by clicking on the O in the top left corner.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Under Privacy protection, disable the Block ads feature. Disable ad-blocker

There are some websites that won’t load if an ad-blocker is enabled. If you were having issues with a particular webpage being unable to load, disable the ad-blocker and then reload the page. You can customize which sites you want the ad-blocker turned off.

4. Clear browser data

  1. Open the Opera menu by clicking on the O in the top left corner.
  2. Click on Settings. settings option
  3. Select Privacy & security on the left pane. security opera not working windows 11
  4. Choose the Clear browsing data option. clear browsing data
  5. Click the dropdown next to Time range and select All time.all time dropdown
  6. Tick the boxes for Browsing history, Cookies and other site dataand Cached images and files.
  7. Click the Clear data button.clear data opera

Sometimes your browsing data and cache keeps crashing Opera or causing it not to work. This is more likely because of the accumulation of corrupt cache that hasn’t been cleared in a while.

Alternatively, you can use a dedicated utility like CCleaner. It will give you more information about the type of data you remove and make the process a bit faster.

5. Reset Opera to default

  1. Open the Opera menu by clicking on the O in the top left corner.
  2. Click on Update & Recovery.
  3. Under the Recovery section, select Recover. Open update and recovery
  4. Choose between keeping your data and resetting or deleting everything and resetting. Choose between the options then select recover.
  5. Select Recover.

If some Opera features are not working on Windows 11 like the sync, or the browser keeps crashing, it might be down to some custom settings you have enabled. Resetting your Opera should help restore normal service here.

6. Reinstall Opera

  1. First, you need to uninstall Opera. In the Start menu, search for the Control Panel and hit Enter. Open up Control Panel
  2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program. click uninstall a program
  3. Locate Opera in the list of programs and select it, then click Uninstall. Uninstall Opera
  4. After following the prompts to remove Opera, open Microsoft Store and search Opera.
  5. Install Opera onto your PC. Install Opera
  6. Recover your data from your backup folder.

Hopefully, it doesn’t come to this solution, but if none of the previous steps solved the problem, then it’s necessary. This fix is especially important if Opera is opening on the screen.

But as stated before, ensure all your browsing data is backed up before trying this solution.

If you haven’t already backed up all of your browser data from the steps at the beginning, make sure you do so before this solution. This will ensure you don’t lose your bookmarks, history, etc.

How do I make Opera my default browser?

  1. Launch Opera and click the Settings icon on the sidebar.
    settings sidebar opera not working windows 11
  2. Scroll down to the Default browser section.
  3. Click the Make default button.
    default opera not working windows 11

With the easy steps above, you can make your default browser with the in-app option. However, if you can’t make Opera your default browser on Windows 11 for some reason, check our guide on how to force it through.

How do I backup my browser data?

  1. Open Opera and type opera:about/ into the search bar and hit Enter. Opera about page
  2. Locate the Profile file path and copy it. Copy profile file path
  3. Launch File Explorer, paste the path into the search bar, and then hit Enter. Open file launcher and paste file path
  4. Now select all of its contents and copy them. select and copy all the files
  5. Open OneDrive and create a folder to save the copied files. Create a folder in OneDrive

We strongly advise backing up your important browsing data before trying the solutions listed below. Some features, like passwords, may not be saved, but these can be accessed if you have Opera Sync.

So, those are a few solutions to fix Opera when it stops working or responding. Remember to check for updates and keep your data backed up regularly. If your browser is crashing, follow this guide to fix Opera if it keeps crashing in Windows.

We hope one of the solutions above solved the issue of Opera not working in Windows 11. If you still have issues or know of another solution that wasn’t listed, leave a comment below.

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