Since the previous thread got closed due to how old it was BUT the problem still persists (admitted by @ZOS_GinaBruno
herself) I'm opening a new thread.
Have had this issue for YEARS, no matter how many times I have installed the game in different setups, different PC's, different versions of Windows...
I play through Steam and every time I run the game the launcher opens but once I log off from the game and close the launcher it doesn't really close, the process is still running and the icon stays on the taskbar but the launcher is not responsive and I have to open Task Manager and kill the Zenimax Launcher process.
This is a KNOWN issue and can't be that hard to fix properly. I literally have about 10 different launchers running at any given time and NONE does this, they all close when you close them (who would have thought...).