When you’re in the mood for a movie or TV, you usually launch Kodi. But if Kodi crashes every time you launch it or in the middle of an episode, it’s really annoying. If you’re experiencing the same issue, don’t worry, it’s fixable! And in most cases, the fix is pretty fast and simple…

Try these fixes

Here are 5 fixes that have helped many Kodi users get their Kodi working again. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update Kodi
  2. Remove addons
  3. Disable hardware acceleration
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Reinstall Kodi

Fix 1: Update Kodi to the latest version

If Kodi keeps crashing, it may be caused by software bugs. You should update Kodi to the latest version and see if this is causing your problem.

  1. Click this link to download the latest version of Kodi on PC.
  2. Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Kodi.
  3. Launch Kodi and check if it now works properly. If not, try Fix 2, below.

Fix 2: Remove recently installed addons

If Kodi crashes soon after you install an add-on, the add-on is probably the culprit. To see if this is causing your problem, you should remove the add-on’s directory from Kodi’s userdata folder:

  1. Close Kodi.
  2. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time to access File Explorer.
  3. In the address bar, type %APPDATA%\Kodi\userdata then press Enter.
  4. Double-click on the addon_data folder, and select the add-on directory that you think might be causing Kodi to crash, and press Del to delete it.

    If you’re not sure which one is the culprit, you can go back to the userdata folder to open the Database folder in it.

    then delete the Addons27 file.

  5. Relaunch Kodi and check if your problem is resolved. If not, try the next Fix.

Fix 3: Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration is also known to cause Kodi to crash. To check for it, you should try disabling hardware acceleration in Kodi:

  1. Click the gear icon to go to the settings menu.

  2. Click Player settings.

  3. In the bottom left corner, click the gear icon three times to change the mode from Standard to Expert.

  4. Highlight the Video tab, then on the right side, in the Processing section, turn off Allow hardware acceleration -DXVA2.

  5. Restart Kodi and check if Kodi now works. If not, try Fix 4, below.

Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

If the steps above didn’t work for you, the most likely cause is a graphics driver problem.

Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to fix.

There are two ways to update your graphics driver: manually and automatically.

Update your graphics driver manually — You can update your driver manually by going to the hardware manufacturer’s website, and searching for the latest driver for your graphics card. But if you take this approach, be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with the exact model number of your hardware, and your version of Windows.

Update your graphics driver automatically — If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. Click Update next to any flagged devices to automatically download the correct version of their drivers, then you can install them manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install them all automatically. (This require the Pro version — you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. )

  4. Restart your computer and check if Kodi now works properly. If it doesn’t, contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com for further assistance. They’d be happy to help you. Or you can move on to Fix 5, below.

Fix 5: Reinstall Kodi

You can also try doing a clean install of Kodi:

  1. You need to clean uninstall Kodi first:
    1. Press the Windows logo key

      and R key simultaneously to open the Run dialog, then type control in the box, and click OK.

    2. In Control Panel, under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
    3. Right-click Kodi, then click Unistall.
  2. Remove Kodi completely from your PC.
    1. Press the Windows logo key and E key at the same time to open File Explorer.
    2. In the address bar, type %APPDATA% and press Enter.
    3. Select the Kodi folder, and press Shift+Del to delete the folder permanently.
  3. Restart your PC. 
  4. Download Kodi v17.6 “Krypton” from here.
  5. Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Kodi.
  6. Run Kodi and test.

That’s it.

If you have any question or suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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