Although Microsoft has greatly improved the default Edge browser, many still prefer Google Chrome on Windows. It has rich extension support and neatly integrates with other Google services. The problem occurs when Google Chrome stops responding on launch. Here are the best ways to fix Google Chrome crashing on Windows 11.
Table of Contents
1. Run Google Chrome as Administrator
You can run Google Chrome as an administrator to fix the crashing issue.
1. Press the Windows key and search for Google Chrome.
2. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
If Chrome browser stops crashing after this, follow the steps below to run it as an administrator all the time.
1. Right-click on Chrome and open Properties.
2. Move to the Compatibility tab and enable the checkmark beside Run this program as an administrator. Click OK.
2. Check the Network Connection
Google Chrome may crash due to network connection issues on your Windows PC. You need to use a fast Wi-Fi network and confirm an active internet connection from Settings.
1. Press Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings.
2. Select Network & internet from the sidebar and confirm the Connected status.
3. Disable Third-Party Anti-Virus Apps
Third-party anti-virus apps can be the major culprit behind Google Chrome crashing on Windows 11.
1. Open Windows Settings (Windows + I keys) and select Installed apps under Apps.
2. Find an anti-virus app and click the more menu beside it. Select Uninstall.
4. Delete Chrome User Profile
You can delete the Chrome user profile from the File Explorer menu and try again.
1. Open Run by pressing Windows + R keys. Copy-paste the path below and hit OK.
2. Copy the Default folder and paste it to another location.
3. Right-click on Default and select delete.
5. Run Windows Security Scan
Malicious and corrupt files on your Windows computer can interfere with Google Chrome. It’s time to run a full scan on your PC.
1. Open Search and type Windows Security. Hit Enter.
2. Select Virus & threat protection and open Scan options.
3. Run the full scan on your PC.
6. Run Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
You can run a program compatibility troubleshooter to fix Google Chrome crashing on Windows 11.
1. Open Windows Settings and select Troubleshoot in the System menu.
2. Select Other Troubleshooters.
3. Run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.
7. Clean Up Computer
Google recommends running the default Clean up computer function to identify harmful software from your PC.
1. Launch Chrome on your PC. Click the more menu at the top and open Settings.
2. Select Reset and clean up from the sidebar and click Clean up computer.
Now, uninstall harmful software from your PC (check the third trick above).
8. Open Google Chrome in Incognito Mode
Running Chrome in incognito mode disables all the extensions and cache to deliver a private browsing experience.
1. Right-click on the Start menu and select Run. Enter the following command.
2. Press Enter.
If Chrome is running fine, disable unnecessary extensions from your browser.
9. Disable or Remove Chrome Extensions
Outdated extensions can mess up Google Chrome on Windows. It’s time to review and uninstall irrelevant extensions.
1. Launch Chrome and click the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
2. Expand More tools and select Extensions.
3. Disable or remove unnecessary extensions.
10. Reset Chrome
A wrong setting tweak can lead to Google Chrome crashing on Windows 11. Here’s how you can reset Chrome.
1. Open Chrome and click the more menu at the top, and open Settings.
2. Select Reset and clean up.
3. Click Restore settings to their original defaults and confirm the same.
11. Close Other Apps and Tabs
If other apps and browser tabs consume high CPU and RAM usage in the background, Chrome may not run properly. You need to close unnecessary tabs in Chrome. As for apps, use the steps below.
1. Right-click on Windows key and open Task Manager.
2. Select an app that’s consuming high CPU and RAM usage. Hit the End task at the top.
12. Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome
Active hardware acceleration can lead to crashing issues in Chrome.
1. Open Chrome Settings (check the steps above).
2. Select System and disable the Use hardware acceleration when available toggle.
13. Reinstall Google Chrome
If none of the tricks work, uninstall Chrome and start from scratch.
1. Open Installed Apps in Windows Settings (check the steps above).
2. Click the kebab menu beside Chrome and select Uninstall.
Follow the on-screen instructions to delete Chrome and install the latest version from the official website.
Enjoy Google Chrome on Windows
If Chrome is still crashing on Windows, install the Chrome beta version on your PC. You should also set Chrome as the default browser to open all the external links in it.