6.18 FAQ-20 What should I do if my Origin crashes or freezes?

Last Update: 5/17/2020

If your Origin crashes, freezes, dialogs will not open, or is in some way not responding, here are some general troubleshooting solutions you should try. These solutions are supposed to be used in the order in which they are presented. If you try one of these solutions and it does not help, go to the next.

If you have experienced a crash or freeze -- something that prevented you from saving your project -- you may be able to recover the bulk of your work if Origin's Autosave feature is turned on. See this FAQ for details.

Step 1: Send Crash Report via Error Report Dialog

If you have Origin version 9.1 or higher, you could send crash report directly after you experience crash. OriginLab will investigate on the details and follow up with you if you left an email address. To send crash report to tech support, click the Send Report button when you encounter this dialog:

Send Crash Report.png
Notes: Note that if you cannot directly send the crash report, you can click the What does this report contain link and export the crash report details as a zipped file and send the zipped file and any additional information to us later via email

If you did not see the Crash Report dialog, go to Step 2.

Step 2: Send Debug Information

If your Origin freezes, hangs or crashes without the Error Report dialog. You can send us the debug information with steps as below


Origin 9.1 or higher supports minidump mechanism. This is a recommended method which can help us to investigate what went wrong in your Origin.

Create a Minidump file and send to us with steps below.

  1. Download ProcessExplorer (an advanced Task Manager tool from Microsoft) from
  2. Start Origin, perform the steps that illustrate the problem.
  3. Unzip the tool downloaded in step 1, run procexp.exe
  4. In the open dialog, right click on the Origin EXE file and select context menu Create Dump > Create Minidump.
  5. It will save a *.dmp file, zip it and send to us

Debug Log

If You are working with Origin 9.0 or lower version, or we have confirmed that minidump file does not help. You can send us the debug log file with steps below.

  1. Start Origin.
  2. Select Window:Script Window to open the Script window.
  3. Type the following in the Script window and then press ENTER:


  4. The Origin_Log.txt file and it's location will be returned in the Script window. Make note of this.
  5. Close Origin and then restart Origin to start the debug log file generation.
  6. Perform the steps that illustrate the problem.
  7. Send us the debug log file
  8. Once the logging has been turned on by @log, it can turn itself off automatically after you use Origin more then 5 times.

Additional Notes:

In Origin2020 and eariler versions,
To turn on logging, run the script

debug_log 2

and the location of log file will be returned in the Script window.
To turn off the generation of the debug log file, run the script

debug_log 0

  • The debug_log 2 command turns on logging and keeps 2MB worth of data between sessions.
  • To turn on logging and re-write the log file at every Origin startup, use debug_log 1 instead.
  • To view the current status of logging, and to find the debug log file name and save location, use debug_log.

If you have not experienced a hard crash, but still cannot run Origin normally, go to Step 3.

Step 3: Turn Graph Preview Off in Project Explorer in 32 bit Origin 2015 and Later Versions

Origin 2015 introduced Graph Preview in Project Explorer (PE), so user can see preview of graph or layout window in extra large icon view or as tooltip.

But this may use up the memory if there are many graph windows in a project. so we recommend turn off the preview if you are using 32 bit Origin 2015 and later versions.

In Preferences: System Variables dialog, set PESS as -1 for all future Origin sessions. Try if crash still happens.


Step 4: Change the Default Printer

There are some reports of HP printer driver conflicts, often manifesting as the following:

If you experience this, change your printer driver to another local default printer and restart Origin.

If this does not work, go to Step 5.

Step 5: Install the Latest Patch

Make sure you have installed the most up-to-date patch (service release) available for your Origin version. You may use Help: Check for Updates to check for a patch, or go to our website to download the patch as an EXE or ZIP file.

If this does not apply or if applying the patch does not resolve the problem, go to Step 6.

Step 6: Delete Temporary Files

  1. Choose Window: Script Window from Origin menu
  2. Enter script blow in the Script Window and press Enter to delete OCTemp folder so OriginC will use all new source files
    del -occlean

If deleting temporary files does not help, go to Step 7.

Step 7: Change User Files Folder

  1. Run script below in the Script Window to clear the User Folder path value in registry and then you can reset User Files folder the next time Origin starts.
    del –path
  2. Close Origin.
  3. Restart Origin. Specify an empty new folder in your local drive as User Files Folder.

If changing UFF does not fix the problem, go to Step 8.

Step 8: Check Whether the Crash is File-Specific

Sometimes the crash is file-specific, for example if the project file is corrupted, it may lead to a crash or freeze.

In order to check whether the crash is caused by specific file(s), you can try to reproduce the crash behavior with a new Origin project file of a relatively small size.

If the crash is file-specific, you can Send the Corrupted File(s) to Support and ask for assistance.

If the crash is not file-specific, continue to Step 9.

Step 9: Run Complete System Check

Origin may behave incorrectly if the computer is infected with a virus. First make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date and fully functioning, and then run a complete system check to see if this resolves the issue.

If the problem still exists after a complete system check, continue to Step 10.

Step 10: Repair the Origin Installation

Go to your list of installed program files (browse the Start menu or Apps list, depending on Windows OS), and double-click the shortcut OriginPro X.X Add or Remove Files. This launches the Origin Setup files (the shortcut name is version dependent). Select Repair/Upgrade as your goal and follow the setup wizard to repair your installation.

If repairing installation does not help, go to Step 11.

Step 11: Contact Tech Support

If none of the solutions above solve the problem, please contact tech support for help.

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