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Fix error status 0xc000012f Bad Image Error on Windows 10

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Sometimes while open Any Application you may experience Bad Image error message,  Error Status 0xc00012f  ( application name ) is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error.  And  when you try to dismiss this error by pressing OK, it appears again. Mostly this Error starts appearing very often after either downloading and installing a defective update for Windows or updating a Windows computer to an iteration of Windows 8/10 that has the defective update pre-installed. The entire error message is like

“Application name.exe – Bad Image”

“C:\Windows\AppPatch\example.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. Error status 0xc000012f”

Fix Bad Image error status 0xc000012f

As Discussed Bad Image error comes up when Windows cannot run the programs you tried running mainly due to the files and libraries needed to run the program are may corrupted due to an update. There are various Reason Behind this Error stratus 0xc000012f such as misconfigured system settings, corrupted registry entries, excessive startup programs, fragmented files etc.

After Understand this Bad Image, Error Status 0xc000012f, And Reason Behind the problem. Lets Some Applicable Solutions To Fix Bad Image, error status 0xc000012f on windows computer.




Basic Solutions To Apply

Start with Basic Solution Make sure any virus, Malware infection not causing the Issue by perform A full system scan. Also Run Free System Optimizer tool like Ccleaner to clean junk, Cache, System error files, windows log files, memory dumps etc which free up disk space. Also Run Registry Cleaner to fix missing and broken registry Entries.

After That If this Bad Image, error status 0xc000012f causing only for a specific Application ( Ex : while open Google chrome ) Other applications working properly then We recommend to Reinstall the application. Or for windows Inbuilt applications perform Reset / Repair option From settings -> Apps -> Apps & Features -> Select the problematic application -> advanced options -> perform repair / Reset option.

Reset Or Repair Edge browser on windows 10
Reset Or Repair Edge browser on windows 10

Uninstall the Culprit Program

Also If you notice the Bad image Error Started a certain 3rd party program or Security software then Try To uninstall them and Check there is no more error status 0xc000012f.

To Uninstall Recent Installed Application Press Win + R, Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter key. Then double-click on the program that is responsible for Error Status 0xc00012f and selects the option Uninstall.

uninstall A Program
uninstall A Program

You Can Visit to the respective website for downloading freshly if the program is essential for you and install on your computer.

Run system File Checker

As Discussed Corrupted and missing System files mostly Cause this bad image error status 0xc000012f. So you must Run The System file Checker Tool Which Scan And restore missing damaged system files which help to fix this bad image error.




To Run SFC Utility ( System File Checker ) First open command prompt as administrator. Then Type command SFC /SCANNOW and press Enter.

Run System file Checker Tool
Run System file Checker Tool

It will run a system check for all corrupted files and programs in the computer. If found Any mising or corrupted system files the utility Restore them from a special folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Wait untill 100% complete the Scanning process After that Restart widnows and check the bad image error is gone.

Note : If SFC Utility Results system file checker found some corrupt files but unable to fix them, Then Run DISM Tool Which repair the System image and allow SFC to Do its job.

Uninstall the defective update

Also Some Windows Experts Report Error Status 0xc00012f on windows 10 can often be caused KB2879017 update. If you have installed it, And this bad image error status 0xc000012f started after that, Then we recommend to uninstall the update by fallowing bellow steps.

Open control panel Navigate to Programs and features, On the left panel, click View installed updates. Here On the right panel, locate on the Windows update version that causes the error and click Uninstall.  Restart your computer ti effect the Changes, After that check the error get resolved.

Uninstall the defective update
Uninstall the defective update

Here we make you remember that few users say that uninstalling Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 has solved this problem on their computers. Hence, uninstall this feature using this wizard and ensure whether Error Status 0xc00012f in Windows 10 Bad image no longer exists.

Run an Automatic Repair

If all Above methods failed to fix then Run an Windows Automatic Repair and Let windows to fix the issue for you. For this process you need a windows installation Media. If you don’t have any the create using this link. When you ready with installation media insert it to computer, change the BISO setup and Boot from installation media.

select language preferences, and click Next. Click Repair your computer in the bottom-left.

repair your computer link
repair your computer link

Next From the list, click on the option Troubleshoot. Go to Advanced options and select Automatic Repair.

Windows 10 Advanced Boot Options
Windows 10 Advanced Boot Options

This will Restart and Start the repair process, wait until complete the Repair process after That restart windows and check helped to fix error status 0xc000012f or not.

 Fix Bad Image error on chrome




Error message: Chrome.exe – Bad Image. A particular file is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. 
Error status 0xc000012f.

If you Are getting Bad image error status 0xc000012f while open the Google Chrome Browser. open C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data.  Then Find the folder Default and rename it to Default.bkp.

fix bad image error for google chrome
fix bad image error for google chrome

Now Again open Chrome to check if the problem is resolved or not.

Bad Image Error on Ms office Application

If getting Bad image Error on Ms office Applications such as While open Ms excel, Word Getting bad image, error status 0xc000012f. To Fix this issue press Win + R, Type appwiz.cpl and hit enter key. Then select and right click on Microsoft Office and select Change then Select Repair and fallow on screen instractions.

repair Ms office
repair Ms office

Let the repair run in the background as it can take some time to complete. After That Restart windows And check the Error is gone.

Perform System Restore

If all above methods failed to fix this Bad Image error, Then its time to Utilize the Windows System restore feature. Which Revert Windows System to previous working state without any data loss. But you can only utilize this method if you enabled the System protection Feature Before.

These are some Most applicable solutions to fix Bad image, error status 0xc000012f o n widnows computers. I hope After apply above solutions your problem (application.exe is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error windows 10 )will be get solved. Face any difficulty while apply these solutions or have any query or suggestion about this post feel free to discuss on comments bellow. Also Read Fix Memory leak Problem After Windows 10 Fall creators Upgrade

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