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How to Fix Error 0xc0000005 on Windows 11 and 10

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After the huge success of Windows 8, the new Windows 11 was the most awaited window. Some programs and issues faced by users were eliminated in Windows 10 and a lot of new permissions and application accessibility were given.

This boon comes with a lot of consequences too. Every day the user comes up with some kind of trouble or error persistently stopping their work. One of the most commonly occurring errors while trying to open an application or trying to run an application is “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005). Click OK to close the application.” This error is majorly faced while installing a new program or when you are trying to access an Internet Browser but its affecting reach is far wide those two being the most common ones.

The application for which this error prompts stops working hampering your progress. Hence it is essential to find a solution and get done with the issue as soon as possible.

Causes for the Error to Appear!

The following error has 3 types of variation –

  1. “An application error has occurred and an application error log is being generated. Exception: access violation (0xC0000005), Address”
  1. “The application failed to initialize properly (0xC0000005). Click OK to terminate the application”.
  1. The “Stop 0x0000008E (0xC0000005 …) combination on the blue screen.”

Though these are the error code messages that pop up, there are various reasons because of why this error occurs. Them being –

  1. One of the major causes is a third-party antivirus program causing conflicts with executable files and influencing their operations.
  1. Due to malware and viruses, registries can get corrupted causing the programs to behave abnormally.
  1. One other reason could be an issue in the installation of the Windows which means that you will need to get it fixed from a proper outlet.
  1. A faulty Hardware Drive could also be the culprit of your issue.

These are some of the issues why your application or the software wouldn’t be running as there can be others.

Whatever the reason that caused this error to come, we will find a solution and put this to rest once and for all.

Ways to Fix 0xc0000005 Error on Windows 11 and 10

There are multiple ways in which you could resolve this issue. We will walk you through them.

Fix- 1: Fixing Registries

The registry is a very important part of your computer as it is the central database that the computer puts into use when it needs to read many different files and settings to run them. Registries can often be corrupted due to some damage caused by a file or for other reasons. Hence is it recommended to back up your registries and safeguard them. If you haven’t backed up your Registry, follow these steps to fix registries in order to resolve the error 0xc0000005.

Step – 1: Download registry cleaner online.

Step – 2: Install using the recommended settings then open the software after the installation process is finished.

Step – 3: Once opened, click on “Registries” and follow it by clicking “Scan for Issues”. The program will search for bugs and issues. Then a “Fix the Selected Issues” button will show up, click on it, and there…you are done.

Fix- 2: Checking for Windows Updates

Through times we have seen that more often than not, the Microsoft team acknowledges the faults and issues and brings in a Windows update to fix bugs. Sometimes it’s a big update while other times it’s just a patch that needs to be downloaded but that does the trick.

Step – 1: To open Windows settings, press “Windows’ + “I”.

Step – 2: Click on the “Updates and Security” inside the settings and follow it by clicking on “Windows Update”.

Check for Updates

Step – 3: Then click on the “Check for Updates” option. That will automatically cause the computer to check for any available updates.

Step – 4: Click on the “Download” button to start the downloading and installation of the update available.

Download Windows 10 Updates

Step – 5: If windows update was the issue, now it has been resolved and the error should disappear.

Fix- 3: Run SFC (System File Checker)

This scans and fixes all issues that are possible.

Step – 1: Open Command Prompt from the windows option on the bottom left of the screen with the administrative rights.

Step – 2: In the cmd window type the following command and press enter –

“sfc /scannow”

sfc scannow

Step – 3: Halt for the System File Checker to finish and that should resolve your issue.

Fix – 4: Fix BCD

This is quite a risky method and while we don’t strongly suggest this, there are users whose problem was solved after following the steps.

Step 1: Type cmd in the start menu > right-click on Command Prompt and then choose Run as Administrator.


Step – 2: Type “bcdedit” and press enter. You might have to remove some files if theWindows Boot Loader Path is xOsload.exe. This can be easily seen from the Path field.


Step – 3: Once that is done, execute the commands written below and make sure you press the enter key after each command and continue it even if it shows an error there.

Del D:\Windows\System32\xOsload.exe

Del D:\Windows\System32\xNtKrnl.exe

Del D:\Windows\System32\Drivers\oem-drv64.sys

attrib c:\boot\bcd -h -r -s

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

bootrec /rebuildbcd

Run this command

Fix- 5: Bad RAM memory

A faulty RAM memory could cause a lot of troublesome issues, this being one of it. You could just remove the recently added memory to your RAM and then try and find out if the error still persists. Though we suggest you take the following steps before doing so –

Step – 1: Power off your computer and detach it from all the cables.

Step – 2: Remove your Battery if you are using a laptop.

Step – 3: Ground yourself before you lay a finger on the memory.

Fix- 6: Restore the Computer

If the issue has recently appeared and somehow keeps appearing when you are doing someone single thing, it could be due to a wrongful installation or a faulty driver. It could also be because of some unidentified misleading application that you recently installed. These steps are to ensure you get your previous safe and compatible version of the computer back.

Step – 1: To open the Run prompt press “Windows” + “R”.

Step – 2: In the given space, type “rstrui” and hit enter. This will open the restore management window.

rstrui run command

Step – 3: In the opened tab, first press “Next” followed by the “Show More Restore Points” option.

Show More Restore Points

Step – 4: If you know the date from which the issue started, select the point of restore from a date before it, and if you don’t know the date make an approximation.

Step – 5: Click “Next” and keep following the on-screen instructions till it does not revert you back to your selected date. Once the restore is done, restart your computer and check to see if the issue is eradicated.

These are some of the ways which should help you remove the Error 0xc0000005 on Windows 10. There are many more ways in which you could take help of external softwares or download patches and even at times make a hard format but these are the simpler ones. The issue should it be a minor one be exterminated.

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The Error 0xc0000005 on Windows 10 is nothing to be worried about. This is a small-time thing that can be easily dealt with. Make sure whichever method you choose to apply, follow the step to the last letter, and if even after that this pesky little error doesn’t seem to go, leave the issue in our comments section below and we will revert back to you as soon as we can with the perfect solution.

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Ricky Shah
Ricky Shah

Ricky started GeniusGeeks in 2009 and there's no turning back since then! His flair of writing Windows OS related technical articles has been his hallmark! When not writing, he's often found exploring productivity and project management tools!

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