Brave crashes immediately upon startup

@QuestioningAttitude Can you try the steps below?

Step 1 (try this first)

The #1 issue in the majority of cases ends up being because of extensions. A good way to kind of help rule this out is to open in a private window. As long as you have never authorized extensions to run in private window, they are disabled by default. So I’d say try opening a private window and see if it remains open.

You can do this by right clicking on Brave on your taskbar, assuming you have it pinned there.


You just would right click and choose New private window.


If that opens and stays open, you’ll likely want to navigate to brave://extensions and see if you can disable/remove them.

Step 2 (if the above isn’t possible or doesn’t work)

Go to your desktop shortcut for Brave and right mouse click and choose Properties.

You’ll see something like below:

On the Target line you’ll see something like "C:\Program Files\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\Application\brave.exe" --profile-directory="Default"

Change the word Default to Test Profile So it would end up being something like:

"C:\Program Files\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\Application\brave.exe" --profile-directory="Test Profile"

Click Apply and then you can hit Ok. When you open that desktop shortcut, it should open your browser in a new profile, where the page will look like below:

From here you should be able to navigate to brave://crashes and see if there are reports. If so, hopefully can upload like I instructed before (remember, if it says Send Now you will need to click it and then close the browser for 10-30 seconds to it can upload) and be able to share Uploaded Crash Report ID.

If this new profile works well without crashing, might yet have to make some changes to get rid of your extensions and all. Might test to see if switching back to your primary profile will crash right away or if it might stay up a bit longer to change settings in it.