Getting the error message “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc00007b). Click OK to close the application”, trying to launch an application on Windows 11. Users report this error occurs while open Google Chrome, Games, Microsoft Office applications or other software. The error code 0xc0000018 indicates that there is a problem with the application initialization process. This can be caused by various factors, such as corrupted system files, incompatible software, outdated drivers, or registry errors. Fortunately, there are some easy solutions that you can try to resolve the Application was unable to start correctly in Windows 11 and get your application running again.

The application was unable to start correctly

There are many causes for this Error that occurs while Running Different Applications, Corrupted Application Files, Compatibility Issues, Insufficient System Resources or Registry Issues are common.

  • One of the primary reasons for this error is corrupted or missing application files. If crucial components are damaged, the application cannot start correctly (0xc00007b).
  • Running resource-intensive applications on a system with limited resources can lead to this error.
  • Corrupted registry entries related to the application can cause startup problems
  • Other installed software, especially third-party security applications or system utilities, may conflict with the application, resulting in the error.

Run the System File Checker (SFC) tool

The System File Checker (SFC) tool is a built-in utility that scans and repairs corrupted or missing system files. If the error 0xc00007b is caused by damaged system files, running the SFC tool can help fix it.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  • In the command prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  • Wait for the scan to complete. It may take some time depending on the size of your system files.
  • If the SFC tool finds and repairs any corrupted files, restart your computer and try launching the application again.

Run System file checker

Run as application as Administrator

Certain applications require administrative permissions for proper functioning on Windows 11. Running the application as an administrator grants the program elevated privileges, allowing it to access critical system resources and overcome potential permission issues.

  • Right-click on the application’s shortcut and choose ‘Run as Administrator.’
  • If prompted by User Account Control (UAC), click “Yes” to grant administrative privileges.
  • Launch the application to see if the error persists when running with elevated privileges

Many applications rely on Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages. Make sure you have the necessary versions installed, and consider repairing or reinstalling them.

Reinstall The Application

If any specific Application (for Ex: Google Chrome, VLC media player) only Gets this Error. There is a chance that applications get corrupted. Reinstalling the application can help resolve the “This Application Was Unable to Start Correctly” (0xc0000142) error on Windows 11 by addressing potential issues with file corruption and misconfigured settings.

  • Go to “Settings” > “Installed apps, “Select the problematic application and click “Uninstall.”
  • Ensure a clean slate by restarting your computer after uninstallation.
  • Visit the official website or Microsoft Store and download the latest version of the application.
  • Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. After installation, look for and install any available updates.
  • Launch the application to see if the error persists.

Ensure that the application is compatible with Windows 11. Verify the system requirements on the developer’s website and update your operating system and drivers if needed.

In addition Right-click on the application’s shortcut, go to ‘Properties,’ and under the ‘Compatibility’ tab, enable compatibility mode for a previous Windows version. Test the application to see if this resolves the issue.

Update your drivers

Another possible cause of the error 0xc0000018 is outdated or incompatible drivers. Drivers are essential software components that enable your hardware devices to communicate with your operating system. If your drivers are not up to date or compatible with Windows 11, they may cause conflicts or errors when you try to run an application.

Ensure that both your Windows operating system and the problematic application are up-to-date.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select Device Manager from the menu.

In the Device Manager window, expand the category of the device that you want to update. For example, if you are having trouble with a graphics application, expand Display adapters.

Update graphics driver windows 11

  • Right-click on the device name and select Update driver from the context menu.
  • Choose Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest driver.
  • Repeat this process for any other devices that you want to update.
  • Restart your computer and try launching the application again.

Tweak Windows Registry Editor

The Registry Editor is a powerful tool that allows you to modify the settings and values of your system registry. The registry is a database that stores information about your system configuration, preferences, and installed software. Sometimes, the registry may contain invalid or corrupted entries that can cause errors when you try to run an application.

  • Press the Windows key + R and type regedit in the Run box. Click OK or press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
  • On the right pane, double-click on LoadAppInit_DLLs and change its value data from 1 to 0. Click OK to save the changes.
  • Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
  •  Try launching the application again.

Check For Malware virus

Also, Sometimes malware or viruses Restrict the application to run. Even the application is affected with viruses and shows errors while running. In both cases first, try to Disable the Antivirus Application If it’s installed and check the application Running or not.

Perform a thorough antivirus and anti-malware scan to ensure that the error is not caused by malicious software affecting your system.

Also, ensure that your system meets the application’s resource requirements. Running resource-intensive applications on a system with limited resources can trigger the error.

Some third-party software, especially security applications, may conflict with the application. Temporarily disable or uninstall such software to check if it resolves the issue.

If none of them worked for you, you may need to contact the developer of the application or Microsoft support for further assistance

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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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