Elder Scrolls Online - Fix Slow Loading Issues

Easily fix your slow loading and other issues with this simple fix for Elder Scrolls Online

Slow loading times and zones can be a huge headache in an MMO. No one likes lag. I have been dealing with this for over a week in Elder Scrolls Online. I could not figure out why I was having such bad loading lag with the specs on my machine which I've only owned for about 2 months.

Jump below to steps to fix loading issues.

About three days into the Early Access period, I also ran into the issue that my escape key did not work in-game. Without access to this menu, there are so many in-game options that you can not change. As frustration mounted, I contact support which told me to reload the game or hit the Full Stop key (which they indicated as the . key) and try. Neither of these options had worked before but I tried them again, to no avail.

With no other option so far to try, I took matters into my own hands. My option was to try a reinstall. I was running off my beta download since they told us we could continue to use the initial client. I went into my PC control panel and uninstalled The Elder Scrolls Online beta. Not looking forward to downloading the 20 gigs of game files again, I downloaded the installer from ESO's account page. I started it up and choose all my options.

When the launcher came back up, I was mentally prepared for the long download. What I did not expect was to be presented with a Play button. I just knew if I hit the Play button, it was not going to work. Low and behold, I opened the game and everything is as it should be. Loading is fast and my escape key is working.

The beta client is the issue. Somehow the beta client is interfering with the regular client and causing a host of issues. I can only speak for my slow loading issues (in which case I would sometimes end up falling through infinite space as a zone didn't load or stuck in stairs) and my escape key, but if you are experiencing issues, this could be the solution for you.


Steps to Fix Loading Issues:

  1. Uninstall beta client.
  2. Download client from ESO's website in your account tools.
  3. Run the installer.
  4. Load launcher and hit play.

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Published Apr. 7th 2014
  • andy_2737
    does not fix this, i believe this is simply server lag/queues and servers not repsonding causing the alt-f4 needed to relogin as maps never load.

    hopefully they will fix this before the console releases as would be insane having to power cylcle a console to load a map.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    As of the most recent, this method doesn't work because the loading screens are even happening to every it seems. I have found tho, that if you are using addons, specifically ESOHead, that this lowers fps as well as makes loading screens a good deal longer than they are when ESOhead is disabled. If you are running ESOHead, try disabling it in the add-ons menu to see if that resolves some of your problems. It still have issues when loading in Cyrodiil. But the rest of the world loads fine now.

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