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How to fix the “Application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005)” error

Here you will find out:

  • what the “Application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005)” error is
  • how to fix this error
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

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What is the “Application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005)” error?

Any user can get this error message when starting an application. Most often, this happens with Internet browsers, but is not limited to them. Any application inside Windows may stop responding due to this error. As a result, you are offered one option: “Click OK to close the application”. In order to open this problematic application, you need to find out the reason for what is happening and try to fix the situation.

How to fix this error


Method 1: Disable the antivirus program

Third-party antivirus programs, of course, protect your computer, but they can affect the executable files of a number of programs. Disable third-party antivirus software to check if it was to blame for the error 0xc0000005 appearing or not. Don't worry about Windows security: Windows Defender helps you keep your system safe. If this did not affect the launch of the application in any way, proceed to the next method.

Method 2: Turn on Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall can help prevent malware and viruses from reaching your computer over the Internet or other network. Click the Windows Start button and open the Control Panel. Here, select the Windows Firewall section and enable it. In your home and public network settings, select “Turn on Windows Firewall” and click OK.

Method 3: Check RAM components

Bad RAM, or damage to one of the RAM cards, can cause the “application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005)” problem. If you are familiar with the RAM connection procedure, check these components. Make sure the computer is turned off and unplugged from the power source before starting the test. Also, try starting Windows without one of the damaged RAM boards and see if the error persists.

Method 4: Run SFC

The message “the application was unable to start correctly” could appear due to the installation of incompatible drivers, resulting in the failure of system files. To find out and immediately correct the situation automatically, scan your computer with SFC. To do this, open the Run window (Windows + R) and enter “cmd”; press Shift + Ctrl + Enter to grant administrator rights. Enter the following command in the command line and press Enter to execute it: sfc / scannow

After scanning the system files, the utility will automatically replace them with working ones and fix your problem.

Restore corrupted or deleted partitions

Anything can happen while fixing this error; for example, you can lose some files, damage disk partitions, etc. At first glance, this seems like a terrifying and unfixable event, but in reality it is not. If you do not delay and start recovering data as soon as possible, you can still get it back. You can recover more than 90% of all lost data with the professional tool DiskInternals Partition Recovery. The application is suitable for recovering all types of files of any size, for reading inaccessible data, and for creating a disk image. The program deeply scans all partitions, even inaccessible disks. The application works with all new versions of Windows and supports all available file systems.

The built-in Recovery Wizard allows even a beginner to figure the process out without outside help; this assistant is available not only in the fully functional licensed version, but also in the free trial version of the program. View the data found during the scan 100% for free, then export the recovered data to a hard disk, flash drive, memory card, etc. This last action requires a license key, which can be purchased online on our website without leaving home. You can do it with this unique app!

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