Picasa Crashes? Here’s the Most Effective Way To Fix It


Picasa, an album viewer/ editor from Google, has been discontinued on 15th March 2016. After Google laid it’s powerful desktop app on the grave, many of its worldwide fans who used Picasa for years, choose not to uninstall it. Recently, many people started facing problems with Picasa, including frequent crashes while managing their family photos and selfies. If you’re a fan of Picasa and encountered this issue, you’ve come to the right place.

Download the Diagnostic

There are certain situations when missing entries in your registry and registry corruption causes this problem. Try running a registry scan to identify if there are any such issues.

  1. Click the button below to download and install the Diagnostic
  2. Perform a Registry scan and fix any problems detected.
  3. Restart your computer.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Reinstall Picasa To Fix Picasa Crashes

Google has discontinued the Picasa. Therefore, you would not be able to download a setup from the official website. You might want to grab a setup from a reputed, secure third party website, and then reinstall the program.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Programs and Features.
  3. In the list of installed programs, right-click Picasa.
  4. Select Uninstall.
  5. When you’re prompted to delete the database, click Yes.
  6. Follow the uninstall wizard.
  7. Restart your computer after successful completion.
  8. Double click This PC icon on Desktop.
  9. Delete the following directory:
    • C:\Program Files\Google\Picasa<Version>
  10. Use the setup program from a third party source, such as cNet.

Rebuild the Database

The existing database, an index of all your photos along with thumbnails and other information, may be corrupt. You might want to rename it so that Picasa will rebuild it again.

  1. Double click This PC icon on Desktop.
  2. Click View, check-up Hidden items.
  3. Open the following directory:
    • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa<Version>
  4. Right-click the db3 subfolder, select Rename.
  5. Specify a new name: db3_old to fix Picasa crashes.

Run in the Mode of an Earlier Windows Version

You’re likely to experience problems in Windows 10 as Google has shut down Picasa and stopped developing mechanisms for supporting the latest Windows release. You might want to re-run the executable file in compatibility mode.

  1. Right-click Picasa desktop icon.
  2. Select Troubleshoot compatibility.
  3. It opens a new wizard and starts detecting potential problems.
  4. Click Try recommended settings, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Remove Problematic Folders

Picasa scans and adds folders on your hard disk to better organize your images. A problem with any of the previously added folders may cause Picasa to stop responding.

    1. Open Google Picasa.
    1. Click the Tools menu.
    1. Select Folder Manager.
    1. It opens a new dialog.
    1. Remove the problematic folder(s) in question.
  1. Save the changes.


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