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How to Fix Windows 11 Error 0xc0000005? Answer Is Here!

Updated by Roxanne on Jan 21, 2022
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While running the new Windows 11 operating system, you may often come across the popular error 0xc000000r whenever you try to launch a program. The appearance of the error invariably makes you click OK, which means you can run the desired program.

Error 0xc0000005 can be frustrating and is common with the windows model. It also appeared in the current Windows operating system version. In each case, the error works the same way and is generally caused by the same things.

The error mostly appears with internet browsers, but its occurrence isn't fixed to these alone. Any Windows application can stop responding as a result of this error. In this article, we'll enlighten you on what the errors mean and possible ways to fix them to get your software in shape.

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What is Error 0xc000005, and Why is This Error Happening?
Fix Windows Installation Error
Fix "The Application Was Unable to Start"
Fix Access Violation Exception Error

What is Error 0xc000005, and Why is This Error Happening?

Error oxc0000005 is an error that occurs mainly as a result of access violation. Occasionally, when a user wants to start a program, errors appear if Windows cannot configure and process the data it needs to launch that specific program.

Windows 11 users will come across this error on a program installer or on an installed program which will ultimately disband a functional operating system.  

This error is linked to some factors, such as corrupted registries due to viruses and malware, allowing the programs to function abnormally. It can also be that the system's hardware drivers are wrong, and a third-party antivirus program affecting and interfering with the operation of executable files can be a significant reason for the error.

0xc0000005 error

The error can display any of the following three messages:

  • Windows installation error
  • The application was unable to start correctly
  • Access violation exception error

And there's no other option than to close the error box by clicking OK, leaving you with no means of accessing the program. We'll be outlining some straightforward methods to fix these issues.

Fix Windows Installation Error

When trying to install windows and you get the window installation error, one visible cause is that the installation medium enabled is damaged. You can try reinstalling the program as a possible alternative, and if it doesn't suffice, follow these strategies.

Run EaseUS Partition Master to Delete and Recreate Windows Hard Drive Partitions

Damaged partitions created on the hard drive for installing the operating system are a significant source of error 0xc0000005 when windows are being installed. Error 0xc0000005 can be fixed by deleting and creating the partitions again. 

The significance of deleting a partition is to create unallocated space extended to another hard drive on the section. The EaseUS Partition Master helps remove partitions in windows 11 and most windows servers.

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To delete a partition or all partitions from the windows hard drive, you'll run the EaseUS Partition Master on your system and select the partition to delete on the hard drive. Right-click the partition you wish to get rid of and select Delete. Ensure significant data has been backed up on the chosen partition because information on the partition will be entirely erased.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

Step 2. Select to delete partition or delete all partitions on hard drive.

  • Delete single partition: right-click on a partition that you want to delete and choose "Delete...".
  • Delete all partitions: right-click a hard drive that you want to delete all partitions, and select "Delete All...".

Make sure that you've backed up the important data on the selected partition because this manner will compeletely remove data.

Step 3. Click "OK" to confirm the deletion.

Step 4. Click "Execute xx Operation" on the top menu and then click "Apply" to save the change.

0:00 - 0:39 Delete single volumes; 0:39 - 1:09 Delete all partitions.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostics

When installing windows, defective hardware can be the bane of the error. You'll need to run a Windows memory diagnostic to check for faults in the RAM. The benefit of running windows memory diagnostics aids in determining if the installation error is occurring due to the hardware or motherboard failure. The memory diagnostics checks and displays the components of the hardware memory failure. 

You can run the diagnostics by simply clicking the "control panel" then select "system and security." Under "administrative tools," just double-click the "windows memory diagnostic" shortcut. Select "restart now" then scan for the errors.

The system reboots and automatically begins the memory diagnostics immediately. Once the test is completed, proceed to check the test result using the event viewer. When there is a lack of error, then you can rule out memory as a problem. 

However, if there is any error, you'll need to run an extensive memory test. If the issue persists, then it may be that one of the RAM modules is problematic and needs replacement. 

Fix "The Application Was Unable to Start"

Whenever you try launching an application installed on your PC and the Error: the application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005) appears, it may be resulting from some incomplete, invalid, or unsigned DLL files that assist software is running on Windows OS. The error can be resolved by either reinstalling the application or by repairing the registry.

Application Reinstallation

The seamless way to fix the error 0xc00000005 when running a program that displays such an error is to reinstall the application. The software could be wrongly installed, or there could be compatibility problems with windows, so reinstalling the application could be all needed to solve the issue.

Repair Registry

 Corrupted registry files can lead to severe issues in windows, and repairing the registry isn't a delicate task as it may result in grave consequences to your system files when done wrongly. If you already possess a backed-up model of your registry files, you can utilize it to solve the issue, and if otherwise, create a backup file before making changes.

Follow the steps below to repair the registry:

  • Click 'Windows + R, then type Regedit and press enter.
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\microsoft\windowsNT\Currentversion\windows\LoadAppInit_DLLs
  • Double click on LoasAppInit_DLLs and adjust the values from 0 to 1.
  • Click 'OK' to confirm the adjustments, then close the window.
  • Reboot the system.

Confirm if the error still displays when you try enabling an application. Please be cautious while applying this method as an invalid input can damage your files.

Fix Access Violation Exception Error

Access Violation Exception error frequently occurs when your system cannot run settings and files properly while running any program in windows. The error is a result of the malfunction of the register, RAM, or other locations.

To resolve the issue, you can turn off DEP or run SFC.

Turn off DEP

DEP protects system memory and prevents viruses or malware from corrupting files. However, programs not compatible with DEP will result in error 0xc0000005 displaying. The below guide should be followed to fix it:

You can prevent errors 0xc000005 by installing some effective antivirus software, disk monitoring systems, scheduled CHKDSK scans, and interval running of FAM diagnostics. With the above steps, you should get rid of the violating error that keeps popping up on your PC.

  • Click Windows + R, type "system.cpl" and click enter.

view advanced system settings windows 11

  • Click on the Data Execution Protection tab.

system properties windows 11

  • Choose "Turn on DEP" for the programs other than those I select. 
  • Select add and input files that might be resulting in the error
  • Click OK and reboot your PC.
  • Run System File Checker (SFC)
  • SFC or System File Checker is engaged to replace and locate corrupted files on your PC. SFC features aids in troubleshooting 0xc000005 errors. It is run using this simple guide:
  • Input Command Prompt in your taskbar 
  • Select "Run as Administrator"

open cmd windows 11

  • Type "SFC /scannow" (take note of the space before "/" and the closed space after), then click enter. 

sfc command

  • Scanning automatically begins
  • Once the scanning is concluded, corrupt system files will be detected and replaced

Final Thoughts

You can prevent errors 0xc000005 by installing some effective antivirus software, disk monitoring systems, scheduled CHKDSK scans, and interval running of FAM diagnostics. With the above steps, you should get rid of the violating error that keeps popping up on your PC.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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