Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Crashes to Desktop

Skyrim fresh out of the box installed on a new desktop pc started crashing to the desktop without any error warning.  Time between crashes was running from 10 minutes to maybe an hour and a half, averaging about 2 crashes per hour over all.  My desktop has great specs and is running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.  I tried lower graphics settings (Default), simpler sound settings (44.1 MHz 16-bit) and running in Steam “off-line mode” with no improvement.

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The solution that worked for a while was running the game directly from the TESV.exe file found in the Steam folder (C:Program Files (x86)/Steam/Steamapps/common/skyrim/).  No more crashes (until I got to about level 30 — then crashes as before).  I then tried the so-called 4Gb mod (available here) which includes a new executable file to launch the game (bypassing Bethesda’s launcher).  This corrected the crashes for now.  I created a shortcut to the skyrim4Gb.exe file and pinned it to my taskbar for convenience.  I’m back to running at Ultra graphics settings with no crashes.

Update:  Betheseda’s latest game patch (1.2.12.0) broke the crash fix but a newer version of the 4Gb mod (1.4) fixed it again.

Final Update:  After the Dec. 20th version 1.3.10 game update the 4Gb loader is no longer necessary and my problem with crashing is fixed.

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