0xc0000142 – The Application Was Unable to Start Correctly Error

When you try to run an application, an error pops-up stating ‘The application was unable to start correctly with the error code 0xc0000142′. It happens because of some missing files in the system directory if the program is outdated or corrupted.

The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142) Error

Some users have also reported that after they updated their PC to Windows 10, they started facing 0xc0000142 error.

How to Fix Application Error 0xc0000142

Fixing the missing files will instantly solve the error code, and you will be able to launch the application without any issues. So let’s proceed with the article as we show you some of our best tried and tested methods.

Solution 1 ⇒ Uninstall Unknown Programs

Any programs which raise suspicion that might be causing the issue are of no use and should be uninstalled right away. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 ⇒ Go to Start.

Step 2 ⇒ Search for Control Panel and then open it.

Step 3 ⇒ Now, go to Programs and Features.

Step 4 ⇒ Right-Click on the program which you need to uninstall.

Step 5 ⇒ Click on Uninstall and then check if the issue persists.

Solution 2 ⇒ Repair the Corrupt Programs

As we mentioned above that this error occurs when the program gets corrupted or malfunctions. So in this method, we will show you the steps on how to uninstall the Corrupted program as it can’t be fixed. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 ⇒ Go to Start.

Step 2 ⇒ Search for Control Panel and then open it.

Step 3 ⇒ Now, go to Programs and Features.

Step 4 ⇒ Right-Click on the program which you need to uninstall ( the one was showing the error code ).

Step 5 ⇒ Click on Uninstall and you are done!

Solution 3 ⇒ Compatibility Mode

In some cases, the error code can be solved if you run the program in the compatibility mode. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 ⇒ Right-Click on the application which is showing the error code 0xc0000142

Step 2 ⇒ Click on Properties.

Step 3 ⇒ Now click on the compatibility tab.

Step 4 ⇒ Check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode.

Step 5 ⇒ Now select a previous version of Windows like Windows 8 or Windows 7.

Step 6 ⇒ Also, check the box next to Run this program as an administrator.

Step 7 ⇒ Now click on Apply.

Step 8 ⇒ Check if the application works and the error disappeared.

Solution 4 ⇒ Update Graphics Card Drivers

Sometimes, what happens is that the Graphics card drivers get corrupted and malfunctions due to which you face the error code 0xc0000142. Or a virus/malware might have affected the driver or the PC in ways about which you won’t know.

Downloading the driver update from the manufacturer’s website is the best way to update the drivers as they have the genuine software and you won’t face any issues. If you want to try it from the device manager, here are the steps:

Step 1 ⇒ Go to Start.

Step 2 ⇒ Search for Device Manager and open it.

Step 3 ⇒ Now expand the graphics driver list by expanding it with the help of the small arrow.

Step 4 ⇒ Right-Click on the driver.

Step 5 ⇒ Now click on Update Driver and Windows will automatically update it.

Step 6 ⇒ Restart the PC and check if the issue got solved.

Solution 5 ⇒ Download Latest C++, DirectX & .Net Framework

The C++, DirectX, and the .Net Framework modules on the computer sometimes get defected because of some adware or malware. The best way is to download the latest modules from their respective websites.

You can search for the latest modules of C++, DirectX and.NetFramework on Google, and you will face no issue in downloading and installing them.

Solution 6 ⇒ Modify The Registry

If some part of any software/program/application remains on your machine even after uninstalling it, it can modify the registry incorrectly causing the error code 0xc0000142. Follow the steps below to solve this:

Step 1 ⇒ Press the Windows Key + R simultaneously.

Step 2 ⇒ In the Run dialog box, type regedit and hit Enter.

Step 3 ⇒ Now, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSIONRUN

Step 4 ⇒ Take a look at the right column and delete all the segments of the program

Step 5 ⇒ Restart your PC for the changes to take effect and then check if the issue got solved.

Solution 7 ⇒ Download DLL Files

DLL files are essential for the proper functioning of your PC. An unsigned DLL file can also cause this error to appear. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 ⇒ Download the new .dll files.

Step 2 ⇒ Navigate to the location where you downloaded the files.

Step 3 ⇒ Copy those files.

Step 4 ⇒ Go to the path where the application showing the error is installed initially.

Step 5 ⇒ Paste the files in the application folder.

Step 6 ⇒ Check if the 0xc0000142 issue got solved.

Solution 8 ⇒ Change the Value of LoadAppInit_DLLs

Change these values as it might solve the error. Follow these steps:

Step 1 ⇒ Press the Windows Key + R simultaneously.

Step 2 ⇒ In the Run dialog box, type regedit and hit Enter.

Step 3 ⇒ Now, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\

Step 4: In the right pane, double-click on LoadAppInit_DLLs value.

Step 5: Change the value data from 1 to 0.

Step 6: Click, OK.

Step 7: Check if the 0xc0000142 error code got solved.

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Conclusion

So these were the best methods to solve the error code 0xc0000142, and we hope that one of them worked for you. Follow each and every step carefully, and you’ll be able to run the Application without any errors this time. Do let us know if you need help with any other error codes.