Fix: Error 0xc00007b “Application was unable to start correctly”
0xc00007b “the application was unable to start correctly”. There are several reasons for the error 0xc00007b to pop-up. The most common cause of this issue is the incompatibility between the 32-bit applications and the 64-bit with your system. An example of this is when a 32-bit application tries to execute itself on a 64-bit system.
You can try to run 32-bit applications on 64-bit windows but it might fail sometimes.
In this guide; i will list all solutions as methods that has reportedly worked for our users. You should follow each method starting from Method 1 and stop at the one that works for you.
Method 1. Repair Corrupt System Files
Download and run Restoro to scan and restore corrupt and missing repositories from here, and then try updating Windows. If it doesn’t work, move to Method 2.
Method 2. Run The Program As Administrator
Sometimes, this error comes up due to the non-availability of administrative privileges for the application you are trying to execute. For this purpose, right-click on the application and select Run as administrative from the list. Click Yes when a new windows pops-up and you will find the application running smoothly.
Method 3. Reinstall your application
Reinstalling the application which is causing the 0xc000007b error can fix up the error at various occasions. During reinstallation, turn off the antivirus program and select the additional softwares provided during the installation because these softwares might be helpful. You can skip the search bars and other offer which are not relevant.
Method 4. Update .NET Framework
.NET Framework can also be the cause of this error message in a number of cases. So, updating the .NET Framework to the latest version might wipe out the error.
To install .NET Framework, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and click on Turn Windows features on or off. It will open a new window with a list of Windows features. Click on the .NET Framework 3.5 and press OK. It will start the download and after the installation, your PC would restart with the error fixed up.
Method 5. Update DLL
Updating DLL method of fixing this error is a bit complicated but it can resolve the issue caused by 0xc000007b error for sure. This method includes replacing a file called xinput1_3.dll inside the C drive. This file can be corrupted or overwritten with some other version which results in causing this error. To fix this issue, follow these instructions.
- Download dll xinput1_3.dll from DLLME (Google it)
- Extract these files using a compression tool called Winrar.
- Copy the xinput1_3.dll file from the extracted folder and paste into C:\ Windows \ SysWOW64. When prompted for replace, click on Copy and Replace and that’s all.
Method 6. Update DirectX
If none of the methods above works; then updating/re-installing DirectX is our last resort otherwise; the Windows needs to be re-installed. You can update/reinstall DirectX from //www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35 – Download the setup file and run it; then follow steps on screen to reinstall it. Once done; reboot PC and test.
I would appreciate if you let us know which method has worked if any; and if nothing worked for you so we can improve our guide.
Method 7. Reinstall the affected application
There is a slight chance that you are suffering from this problem because something went wrong during the installation of the affected application and it was not installed successfully. If that’s what happened, your only shot at fixing the problem is reinstalling the affected application, and in order to do so, you need to:
- Navigate to Control Panel >Programs >Programs and Features >Uninstall a program.
- Locate and right-click on the affected application, and click on Uninstall.
- Go through the uninstallation wizard to uninstall the application.
- Once the application has been uninstalled, restart your computer.
- When your computer boots up, reinstall the affected application.
- When the affected application has been successfully reinstalled, try running to check whether or not the problem has been fixed.
Method 8. Uninstall and then reinstall the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable
As stated before, this issue is often caused by a problem with Microsoft Visual C++. If an issue with Microsoft Visual C++ is the culprit in your case, simply uninstalling the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installed on your computer and then reinstalling it should get rid of the problem. In order to do so, you need to:
- Navigate to Control Panel >Programs >Programs and Features >Uninstall a program.
- Locate and right-click on the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable – x86 (if your computer has a 32-bit Operating System) or the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable – x64 (if your computer has a 64-bit Operating System), and click on Uninstall.
- Go through the uninstallation wizard to uninstall the redistributable(s).
- Once the redistributable(s) have been uninstalled, restart your computer.
- Download the installer for the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable – x86 from here (if your computer has a 32-bit Operating System) or the installer for the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable – x64 from here (if your computer has a 64-bit Operating System).
Note: If you uninstalled both versions of the Redistributable from your computer, download the installers for both of them.
- Once the installer has been downloaded, run it and go through it to install either version of the Redistributable. If you had to download the installer for both the Redistributables, run both of them one by one.
When done, restart your computer and, once it boots up, check to see whether or not the issue still persists.
Method 9. Run CHKDSK to scan your computer’s Hard Drive
If none of the solutions listed and described above work for you, you might want to try running CHKDSK to scan your computer’s Hard Drive for problems and fix any that are found since Hard Drive issues can also cause this problem. In order to run CHKDSK, you need to:
- Open the Start Menu.
- Search for “cmd”.
- Right-click on the search result titled cmd and click on Run as an administrator in the context menu to launch an elevated Command Prompt.
- Type the following into the elevated Command Prompt and press Enter:
chkdsk /f /r
- You will be asked whether or not you want the scan to be scheduled for the next time the computer restarts. To confirm, type y into the elevated Command Prompt and press Enter.
- Restart the computer.
- When the computer boots up, CHKDSK will automatically start running and scanning your computer’s Hard Drive – all you need to do is be patient and wait the process out.
- Once CHKDSK is done, the computer will boot into Windows. At this point, you can check to see whether or not the issue has been fixed.
Method 10. Update Windows
In some cases, updating Windows to the latest version might fix this issue. Therefore, in this step, we will be checking for updates. For that:
- Press “Windows” + “I” buttons simultaneously to open settings.
- In settings, click on the “Update and Security” options and select “Windows Update” from the left pane.
- Click on the “Check for Updates” option and let windows check and download any updates.
- Once the updates are downloaded, click on the “Install” option to install them on your computer.
- After this, check to see if the issue persists.
Solution 11. Running in Compatibility Mode
In some cases, the solution can be as simple as running the application in the compatibility mode for another version of Windows. The need to do so arises from the incompatibility of Windows and some applications. We can do this by following the instructions below.
- Navigate to the location of the application and right-click on its main executable.
- Select “Properties” and then click on the “Compatibility” tab.
- In the compatibility tab, click on the “Run this Program in Compatibility Mode For” dropdown and select “Windows Vista” or any other version of Windows.
- Click on “Apply” and then on “OK”.
- Check to see if the issue persists.
Solution 12: Installing “.dll” file (Only for VLC)
There seems to be a very specific solution for some users where they have been able to fix this issue by downloading and placing the “.dll” file in their System 32 folder. But this solution needs to implied with a lot of caution because System 32 is a very sensitive folder and it contains the bulk of the Windows essentials. Therefore, perform this at your own risk since “.dll” files from the internet can often be infected. In order to proceed:
- Download the “libvlc.dll“ file from the internet.
- Navigate to the download location of the file and copy it using “Ctrl” + “C” after selecting it.
- Navigate to the following location.
- Press “Ctrl” + “V” in here to paste this file inside the folder.
- Allow any UAC prompts to confirm the action and check to see if the issue persists.
Note: Also, try to delete the shortcut that you are using to launch the application and create a new one.
Solution 13. Installing Important Software
There is a ton of Windows Essential software that needs to be installed to get all applications working. Therefore, in this step, we will download a one place software that installs all of these essentials automatically. For that:
- Navigate here and download the aio210 software.
- After downloading, extract the software and wait for it to be extracted completely.
- Launch the software after downloading, check all the options, and hit “Install” button.
- Check to see if the issue persists after installing it.