Mar 17, 2012
Hey guys i just bought skyrim for PC today so i wiped my pc clean(took quite awhile) and waited hours upon hours for skyrim to finish downloading. Played for 30 minutes got off for a bit and now whenever i try to run skyrim it says "skyrim has stopped working" and closes.

I have been trying to fix this all day... literally. Suggesting another pc wipe... Not sure what to do :( very sad first day of skyrim .

Btw if you want my specs let me know. I just wanna play :(


Jun 30, 2009
Lets have your system specs. Also, whatever GPU you're using, make sure you're running the latest drivers. The latest nVidia drivers did wonders for the game for many people.

Try this as well: start the task manager, click on the 'processes' tab, check if either skyrim or Steam is still running. If yes, click 'end process' and restart skyrim/ steam. For now, it's a shot in the dark.


Mar 17, 2012
Thanks for the feedback. I just wiped my pc clean but i bet this will happen again so here is my specs from dxdiag. Oh and i know im gonna wait all day while i update my drivers and everything.

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 285
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_05E3&SUBSYS_065B10DE&REV_A1
Display Memory: 3056 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1010 MB
Shared Memory: 2046 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (120Hz)

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX6801
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 12278MB RAM
Page File: 2081MB used, 22399MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10

If you need more let me know! Thanks a ton!