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Opera and Installler Crashes Except in Safe Mode

  • I am setting up a new Windows 7 machine and the only software I'm having difficulty with is Opera. I tried installing versions from 28-42 but the installer crashed shortly after opening (10-30 seconds). I did get Opera 24 to install but then the browser crashed shortly after opening. I've tried both standalone and traditional installations and neither work. I can install and run any version of Opera if I boot into Windows safe mode but the safe mode install will always crash in normal Windows operation. I have searched for and removed all traces of Opera from Windows including the registry but that has not helped. Out of ideas. Any help appreciated.

  • Did you try with both online and offline installers?

  • Mostly offline but did try the most recent online and get the same result, appcrash 20 seconds after opening installer.

  • Safe mode starts the computer with only Windows-native drivers loaded. For Opera to be stable only in safe mode could be a sign of a 3rd-party hardware or software driver conflicting with Opera once regular operation is initiated and those non-native drivers or software have been loaded, perhaps a graphics/video driver. That would perhaps be more likely if graphics acceleration is enabled.

  • For example, my XP crashed often when I ran RealPlayer and Google Chrome together for some time, or even at the same day.