How to Fix Oblivion Crash on Startup? Here Are Some Solutions

Sherry li
4 min readNov 5, 2020

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios. This popular game is available on various platforms, including Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Some users who play Oblivion on Windows PC report the crashing issue on startup. When they try to launch the game, an error message pops up:

Oblivion has stopped working.A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

If you receive the same error message or encounter Oblivion crash on startup, too, you can try the following solutions to troubleshoot the problem.

Solution 1: Disable Multiple Screens

Some users have reported that enable visual themes and desktop composition could also help to solve the problem for multiple displays users. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Open Steam and click LIBRARY.

Step 2: Right-click Oblivion from the list of your games and select Properties.

Step 3: Click LOCAL FILES tab and select BROWSE LOCAL FILES to open File Explorer and navigate to the installation folder of Oblivion.

Step 4: Right-click the executable file of Oblivion and choose Properties.

Step 5: In the pop-up window, switch to Compatibility tab. Then uncheck Disable visual themes and Disable desktop composition.

Then you can relaunch your game and check if it works properly.

Solution 2: Close Unnecessary Background Applications

If there are too many programs running in the background while launching Oblivion, you could also encounter Oblivion crash on startup, as these programs take too many resources at the same time. To solve the problem, you should close unnecessary background applications.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 to close all the unnecessary applications.

Step 4: Exit Task Manager and restart your game.

Solution 3: Enable Steam Overlay

Another way that might be helpful to solve Oblivion crash on startup is to enable Steam Overlay. You just need to:

Step 1: Launch Steam.

Step 4: Click CLOSE and restart the game.

Then you can try playing the game and check if Oblivion crashing has been solved.

Solution 4: Reinstall Oblivion

Some applications might have conflicts with Oblivion, such as CyberLink PowerDVD 5. If you encounter Oblivion crash on startup after installing a certain program, you can try fixing the problem by uninstalling the involved program. If all the solutions above don’t work, you might need to reinstall the game.

After uninstalling the game, you can download and install it again, and then check if it works without any problems.


Position: Columnist

Sherry has been a staff editor of MiniTool for a year. She has received rigorous training about computer and digital data in company. Her articles focus on solutions to various problems that many Windows users might encounter and she is excellent at disk partitioning.

She has a wide range of hobbies, including listening to music, playing video games, roller skating, reading, and so on. By the way, she is patient and serious.

Originally published at on November 5, 2020.