Opera 12.13 Random Crash Workaround

Codrut Nistor February 4, 2013 3

We all know Opera was never known for its reliability, various modules making it crash more or less often. After all, that’s probably the first reason that made them take out Opera Unite, despite the fact a bunch of users, including myself, loved it. Anyway, we’re not using Opera for its reliability, but for various other reasons and yesterday, after going through a bunch of forum/message board posts, I found it really disturbing to see people who used it for almost a decade saying they’re going to stop using this awesome, but sometimes really buggy Web browser. Well, after spending some time to read about other people’s bad experiences with Opera 12.13, I finally found a workaround for the main problem, so I decided to share that with you as soon as possible – here’s how to stop Opera 12.13 from crashing randomly over and over again!

How to fix Opera 12.13 crash

How to fix Opera 12.13 crash

The problem with Opera 12.13 and its random crashes

On a Windows machine running Vista/7/8 (the issue may appear on Linux computers and Macs as well, but I don’t have any around at this time, so please drop a comment if you’re using Opera on one and get random crashes, that would make me go out and find a solution for you as well, if there’s one available at this time), Opera 12.13 would start crashing randomly, without any reason, just… crash. This may be not such a big problem, at least as long as you’d be able to start it again with all your tabs and extensions, even without them, BUT Opera won’t start again – it will keep crashing over and over and over again!!!

Solutions to this Opera 12.13 random crash problem

1. Reinstall Opera. This is worst possible solution ever, since it may solve the problem for a while, as some users report, but you’ll lose your open tabs and settings. Clearly a bad solution and one to avoid.

2. Just run Opera in compatibility mode with Windows XP SP3 (this worked for me like a charm) – browse to the location where it’s installed, right click the executable file, go to Properties, go to the Compatibility tab, then do your thing as you can see in the image at the end of the first paragraph – that’s all. For now, this is the only good workaround for this annoying Opera 12.13 random crash issue. Got another one? Share it with us!


  1. AJR February 4, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Hi Codrut,
    Thanks for the suggestion; it really worked for me. I was thinking that I would have to revert to Chrome, or even worse IE/Firefox/etc. I just hope the Opera engineering team get their act together and fix this disaster for the Opera community, soon.
    BTW: The reinstall option was not a solution, it is the Compatibility Mode that does it.

    • Codrut Nistor September 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I am glad it worked. Sorry for the incredibly late approval and reply to your comment.

  2. HobitZlobny February 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Well, now version 12.13 is not available on the official web site :)

    I’ve got a problem with repeatelly run & crash. After that I download and install version 12.12 from http://www.opera.com and my Opera starts Ok, with all opened tabs.

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