Skyrim minimize black-screen and crash fix

By Published November 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm

UPDATE: We have posted a complete Skyrim glitch-fix guide, found here. If you're experiencing crashes or glitches, check it out for more detailed help.

Skyrim's big release has not been free from its share of video hangs and crashes; we noticed earlier while playing that minimizing and maximizing Skyrim often resulted in a black-screen graphics hang. There's an easy workaround to fix Skyrim's screen going blank on maximizing that we've detailed below -- it's certainly no permanent fix, but for now, it's an easy workaround that anyone can do for Skyrim on the PC.

Follow these steps to successfully restore Skyrim and avoid an alt-F4 of doom:


1. Minimize Skyrim

2. When you're done looking up cheat codes, Maximize Skyrim.

3. When the notorious black-screen window comes up (with no 'x' or 'minimize' options showing), press ctrl+shift+esc to pop-up the task manager.

4. Close task manager immediately. This will re-activate Skyrim as the active window. You should notice that it is now full screen and the process bar at the top vanishes.

Hopefully this fixed your issue! Keep an eye out on our site for additional Skyrim tweaks as the weekend rolls on.

If you're still looking for a PC to try Skyrim on, why not try out our $550 PC build list we put together?

Last modified on November 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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