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[Tutorial] How to Fix/Remove Bad Image Error Windows 10

Updated on Apr 03, 2019 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

The Bad Image error Windows 10 occurs to many EXE programs, such as Explorer, Chrome, Microsoft Office, games and other software installed on your PC, with detailed information 'C:\Windows\system32\xxx.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error'. See how to fix and remove Bad Image error by carefully follow the provided tutorial guide.

What Is Bad Image Error in Windows 10

The 'Bad Image error fix' is badly requested from time to time by users currently running Windows 10. Starting from Windows 8, in fact, whenever an update is checked, it'll be automatically downloaded and installed onto the computer, even if it was a defective update.

So for your information, when you can't open a specific EXE program due to a repeated popping up a dialog box with the exact error message behind, and pressing OK didn't stop it coming back, the files and libraries of programs you're trying to run are unfortunately corrupted.

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Detailed error information

(program name).exe - Bad Image
C:\Windows\system32\xxx.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support.

Most of the time an additional Error status 0xc000012f is provided.

Does only a defective Windows update cause the Bad Image error of the most .exe applications? Not really. Any factor that is related to a file or system corruption issue should take responsibility. For example, excessive system cleaning, critical program files deletion, virus or malware infection, etc.

How to Fix Bad Image Error in Windows 10

We know how it is annoying and disgusting to receive a never-ending popup, which forbids you to launch any program on PC normally. No more tolerance for the Bad Image! Let's see how to remove the error so that Bad Image prompt will never show up again.

Required Software

EaseUS Todo Backup Free - for Windows backup of disk/partition, operating system, files, etc. Put it in use for every Windows 10 troubleshooting, update and changes along with risks of losing data, crashing system and unpredictable disasters.

Required Skills

Typically zero computer skills are necessary. You're going to start Bad Image error fix by accessing the following paths.

1. Windows 10 control panel.
2 Windows 10 command prompt
3. Windows 10 Automatic Repair

Here, Bad Image error fix starts...

First, download and install EaseUS free backup software on your PC where programs have difficulty in opening due to Bad Image error. Launch the software and follow the guide to create a full disk partition backup. It's a significant step regarding that a system restore is required for permanent removal of Bad Image error.

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive or USB to your computer. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click Disk/Partition Backup.

Disk and Partition Backup

Step 2. Choose the disk or partitions that you want to backup. Then Click Destination to select backup storage location as an external hard drive, USB or Network.

Set Schedule for Disk Partition Backup

You can enter the Plan name and Description for specifying your disk and partition backup to your external devices.

Step 3. Click Proceed to perform the disk and partition backup.

5 Best Ways for Bad Image Error Fix

Next, feel worry-free and risk-free to begin with the following troubleshooting methods since your important computer data is fully protected.

Fix 1. Reinstalling the program

Step 1. Press Windows + R simultaneously to invoke Run, type appwiz.cpl and press enter.

Step 2. Double-click on the program producing the Bad Image error and click Uninstall.

Step 3. Go to the website and download the program again.

Fix 2. Uninstall the defective update

Step 1. Type control panel in the search box in Windows and press enter.

Step 2. Navigate to Programs and features.

Step 3. On the left panel, click View installed updates.

Step 4. On the right panel, locate on the Windows update version that causes the error and click Uninstall. Restart your computer.

Fix 3. Run SFC scan and fix

Step 1. Press Windows + X simultaneously and click Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2. Type the following cmd and hit enter.

Sfc /scannow
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

Step 3. This will run a system file check and repair all corrupt system files. Restart the computer.

Fix 4. Run Automatic Repair

Step 1. Boot Windows from a bootable installation media and go on with Repair your computer option.

Step 2. Click Troubleshoot -> Advanced options and then Automatic Repair.

Step 3. Wait until Windows Automatic Repair finished. Restart your computer.

Fix 5. Perform System Restore

Only you've enabled the system restore and created a system restore point beforehand, this option is the last resort you should take to fix Bad Image error.

Step 1. Search for system restore in Windows 10, click on Create a restore point.

Step 2. Click System Restore and then Choose a different restore point and hit Next. Follow the wizard to perform the system restore to get back to the system point where no Bad Image error once occurred.