[2.0.24] Crash/stuck on loading project

The latest version often crashes when loading my default project at startup.

I see the splash screen, songs/sounds/tracks being preloaded for a while, then the window disappears. The VST Live process is still running in the task manager:

I cannot kill the process (access denied), but after a couple of minutes it disappears.

When watching the names of the songs / layers being preloaded, it crashes/disappears at different places. And sometimes, the loading works.

In C:\Users<myuser>\AppData\Local\CrashDumps there are a couple of *.dmp files for VST Live, so this looks like a “real” crash.

This is the crash info from the Windows event viewer:

Faulting application name: VST Live.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x6687e270
Faulting module name: VST Live.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x6687e270
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00000000002e9442
Faulting process id: 0xa58
Faulting application start time: 0x01dad20260cf7d5e
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VST Live 2\VST Live.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VST Live 2\VST Live.exe
Report Id: db05fe19-242e-484f-8f87-4ef867871937
Faulting package full name: 
Faulting package-relative application ID:

Additional info:

This also happened once or twice with 2.0.23, with 2.0.24 it happens 4 out of 5 times. If a startup is successful, everything seems to work as expected.

After a successful startup, I also tried a “Save As” of the current project to a new name. Same behavior for the new project, so this does not look like a corrupt project file.

… can you please add those files into a zip folder and give it to me? PM oder mail, please.

Thank you,

Problem seems to be solved in 2.0.26, no startup crashes…