It’s a weird title, I’ll grant you, but that very text string has been one of the methods people have google-stumbled onto my site this week. “skyrim crash to desktop chillwind”. It looks even less weird to me because (perhaps not ironically) I myself have experienced this crash. It’s very frustrating, especially if Aela the Huntress is the first Companion you choose to take a job from. It prevents you from becoming a Circle member (as you can’t complete the quest).
The bug is annoyingly easy to reproduce: if you’re in Chillwind Pass, you have extremely high odds of a fast and seemless crash to desktop. The further in you are, the higher the odds. I did a bit of digging and I found that:
- This seems pretty common, so likely they’re aware of it and a fix is in short order;
- There is a functional – if annoying – workaround.
Try this. Before launching the game, hop into options, drop it down to Low settings, and kick into Windowed Mode. It was charming (or aggravating) to play through that pass in a tiny window, but there are like three mobs in there. It’s tiny and not that painful. At least it works. 🙂 Hope this helps those of you who are searching for this!