Configuration system failed to initialize on Windows 10 (Solved)


Sometimes you may experience error “Configuration system failed to initialize” while trying to launch an application on your PC. This problem is usually caused by some third-party application when the system is unable to correctly launch any target application. Corrupted system files, Problems with any third-party applications, and wrong configuration files are some common reason cause this issue, and uninstalling some application to change the configuration files help fix the error Configuration system failed to initialize on Windows 10.

If you are getting this error with .net framework it’s recommended to uninstall it and download and install the latest version from Microsoft’s official site.

Run System File Checker

This error is usually caused because of bad configurations present on your computer. Let’s try run the SFC scan and check if there are any integrity violations. If there are, we can run the DISM command to fix them.

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  • Open command prompt as administrator,
  • Type command sfc /scannow and press the enter key,
  • This process may take some time as your entire windows files are being scanned by the computer and checked for corrupt phases.
  • Let the scanning process complete 100%, once done restart your PC.

system file checker utility Windows 10

Note: If you encounter any error while running the system file checker where Windows states that it found some errors but was unable to fix them Then run the dism command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This will download the corrupt files from the Windows update servers and replace the with corrupt ones.

Perform a Clean Boot

Windows clean boot allows your computer to start with a minimum of drivers and programs. And with only basic services enabled and all other services disabled, you can check if the application launched as normal.

  • Press Windows key + R, type msconfig and press enter key,
  • Move to the services tab, then check the box next to hide all Microsoft services. all Microsoft related services will be disabled
  • Then Click the Disable all button this will disable all the third-party services.
  • Click Apply to all the changes, and ok.

Hide all Microsoft services

  • Now open Task Manager, and move to the startup tab,
  • Select each service one by one and click the Disable button.

Finally, restart your computer and check if the configuration system failed to initialize error message disappears.

Check your config file

Let’s check if this error is generated by the configuration files of the Microsoft framework.

  • Press Windows key + E to open File Explorer,
  • Navigate to the following path. C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\CONFIG
  • Right-click on the config file of the application of which the error occurs and select Edit (You can use Notepad++ for a clearer view of the config file instead of using the default notepad).

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  • When the config file is open, check inside the configuration element, and ensure the first child is the configSections element.


If the error appears on your Windows 10, the first child may probably isn’t the configSections element inside the configuration element. Then you can remove the configuration element between <configuration> and <configSections>.

Save the changes on the config file and close the edit window. Check if the error still appears.

If nothing is working out for you, try to create a new local account on your computer and try to access the application again.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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