Google Chrome Crash On Start Up Fix

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I have been using Google Chrome FOREVER.  I love it.  It’s my favorite browser.

It started crashing on start up.

I cried.

Not really.

I was seeing this message constantly:

Google Chrome Crash On Start Up Fix

I’m all Whoa!  Chrome, you’re really starting to tick me off.

Seriously, searching and searching for days for a solution. (Which, most revolved around opening Chrome and changing your settings, removing your add ons, etc – hello, Chrome is crashing at start up.)  I was using Mozilla Firefox in the meantime, but you see, I love using Social Moms, right?  It wasn’t working with Social Moms.  It wasn’t working with any site that I needed to log in to Facebook with.

Speaking of Social Moms –


Go ahead and like them, I promise, you won’t regret it.  So much fun!  Great info!  Awesome people!  Plus, you easily earn rewards for saying $$$, Amazon gift cards, etc.  They are fab!

Back to my saga, Firefox was totally cramping my style.

I’m a mom blogger.

I do giveaways.

I live for Facebook.

How am I supposed to go about business as normal if Firefox wasn’t letting me do  business as normal.

I was desperate enough to try Internet Explorer again.

I haven’t used IE in YEARS.

Years I tell you.

I had just opened it up, not even typed anything into the search bar yet…. I’ll admit it, I was scared, like you haven’t heard IE security horror stories … when I came across this site – Google Chrome Keeps Crashing How To Fix It.

I would like to marry the author of that article.

If I wasn’t already married?

Maybe he’d take my left arm in gratitude?

This was the fix –

  1. Completely exit from Google Chrome
  2. Go to the Start menu > Run.
  3. Type in either of the following directories in the text field and press OK.
    • Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data
    • Windows 7 or Windows Vista: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
  4. Rename the folder called “Default” in the directory window to “Backup default.”

I’m running Vista, so that was the one that worked for me.

Easiest fix I have ever done on my computer I think.

Opened up Chrome and Whoa!  No more crashes.

Thought this might be helpful because one of my FB friends was having the same problem.  It there are 2 of us, surely there are more.

We should start a club.

People who love the author of that article.

And think he is like the most fabulous thing since white bread.

Have a great day!

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  • ellen

    I am running Chrome… after many years of Firefox because Firefox kept logging me out of Facebook and usually Chrome doesn’t. I am having the same problem you did- the silly thing will crash on particular sites. It gives a message it is a plugin or similar, and it is driving me nuts.

    Gonna try your fix! TY!

  • Joe

    I have this problem once from then i started using fire fox instead.
    Now that i have solution for such a problem i can use Google chrome again.its support for offline server is great.
    Thank u.

  • This did not fix my issue. I only use chrome when testing my sties I build. I use Firefox. I often have a dozen or more tabs going at once and have no issues.

  • ainol

    thanks a lot!!
    fix my issue.

  • Cj2MeNzw

    Fixed but left the bookmarks bar completely blank lol

  • Jack Donbavand

    Didn’t work for me.

    • heathermanning

      I’m sorry! This post is a couple of years old so there might be something else going on with Chrome now. It hasn’t given me any more issues since this fixed it for me. I hope you find a fix!

  • Chrome Browser crashes with Windows Vista (only during initial launch):

    we have to disable SUPERFETCH service from Vista services:


    – scroll down to locate SUPERFETCH service

    – double-click mouse on SUPERFETCH


    – click APPLY

    – REBOOT the system

    It is good to delete all the files from C:WindowsPrefetch folder regularly. We can delete the Prefetch folder itself completely, after deleting the PrefetchReadyboot folder.