Live crashes during startup after selecting a custom VST folder (Windows)

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: Windows

Live might crash during the scanning process if an incorrect VST directory has been chosen, for example the root directory of the C:\ drive.

VST plug-ins are .dll files. Live can not distinguish VST .dlls from other .dlls, for example drivers. If the custom VST folder contains non-VST .dlls, Live might crash as it tries to interpret them as VSTs.  

If you experience this problem, please reset Live and make sure to remove all non-VST .dll files from your custom VST folder.

Additional Information

To avoid the reset of all preferences settings, it is also possible to hold the [ALT] key during the restart of Live to temporarily deactivate the VST folder.