How to Fix Elder Scrolls Online Crash on Startup (PC/Steam)

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With the highly anticipated High Isle expansion coming to Elder Scrolls Online on June 6th, more and more people are getting back into the game. The massive surge of players is now showing that the developers still have to fix some issues before releasing the expansion, especially the ESO crash on startup error that makes the game unplayable.

There are many reasons why ESO crashes on startup and the best way to fix the problem is to run the launcher as an administrator. Head over to the folder where the game is installed (you can find it by right-clicking on ESO in your Steam Library and clicking on Manage-Browse Local Files) and right-click the Bethesda.net_Launcher.exe. The next step is to select “Run as Administrator” and this should overrun most issues that are causing Steam ESO to crash on startup.

There’s nothing more annoying than not being to enjoy playing your favorite game because of an annoying error. Luckily, you can make ESO startup on Steam in just a couple of steps. Follow the guides below.

How to Fix ESO From Crashing?

As previously mentioned, there are a bunch of reasons why ESO will not start on PC. On the bright side of things, fixing the problems is super easy and I will show you how to fix ESO from crashing.

#1 Run the Game as Admin

Whenever you ran into issues such as ESO not starting on PC, running the game as administrator should always be the first thing you do. The reason behind this is that the admin mode will overrun all issues or code problems that are forbidding the game from starting. Here is how you can do it:

  • Head over to the Elder Scrolls Online installation folder;
  • Right click on the net_Launcher.exe;
  • Select Run as Administrator.

Sidenote: If you are having issues finding the ESO installation folder, you can access it directly from the Steam Library. Right click on ESO in your Library, select Manage and then “Browse Local Files”.

#2 Uninstall and Reinstall the Game

If the game has been running on your PC without any issues and now it’s randomly crashing on startup, the problem might be caused by an update. Unfortunately, fixing this type of issues is going to take some time because you have to uninstall and reinstall the game. The game is at least 85GB and therefore, you should be ready to wait a couple of hours until it downloads again.

I also wrote a guide that shows how to fix Fallout 4 not starting or crashing on PC. You can use some of those solutions for ESO as well.

#3 Set a Firewall Exception

Since ESO is an online game, your PC’s firewall might not allow it to start. This is why you should consider setting a firewall exception for ESO. Follow the steps below:

  • Open Windows search by pressing the Windows logo key + S;
  • Select Windows Defender Firewall;
  • Click on the “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall” option;
  • Click on Change Settings;
  • Check both Private and Public options for the items that represent ESO;
  • Click and OK and restart the PC.

ESO Crashes Display on Startup NVIDIA

More than often, the reason why a game like ESO will crash on startup is because the graphics drivers haven’t been updated. You don’t have to be a tech wizard to know how to update your drivers. It only takes one click.

Here is the link for NVIDIA Drivers

Here is the link for AMD Drivers

Final Words

ESO is an amazing game, especially if you want to get immerse in the lore and culture that helped create iconic games like Skyrim. While there might be some issues like ESO crashing from time to time, we can be sure that Bethesda will fix them in an upcoming update. I hope that the fixes I presented today has helped you fix your crash issues and you can finally play ESO with your friends again.

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