If you see a dialog box stating that The application was unable to start correctly, Error Code 0xC000007B, STATUS INVALID IMAGE FORMAT, when trying to launch a program or game, this means the application is not compatible with the architecture of your Windows 10 PC or is missing dependencies.

The application was unable to start correctly (0xC000007B)


While  0xC000007B occurs with many other programs, STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_FORMAT means that when you try to run an application designed to run on 64-bit operating on a 32-bit system. The system fails to load the DLL which is meant for 64-bit and hence gets into termination state.  Apart from this, if you also get pointed to a file NTStatus.h, it means that this can be a file corruption case.


0xC000007B | STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_FORMAT | {Bad Image} %hs 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.

The first thing you should do is click on OK to close the application. Second, try installing the media again to see if it works for this time. If not then try the following methods below:

1] Install Application with Admin Privileges

Restart your Windows 10 PC, and then install the application with Admin privileges. You can right click on it, and then select Run as Administrator. If your account is a regular account, then make sure to ask an admin to help you install it by entering his password when prompted.

2] Install & Update Dependencies

Many a time programs and applications need to have drivers, and supporting software installed to work properly. While the usual installation takes care of it, but since we are facing this problem of abnormal termination, its time to do some manual check.

a] Install qualified drivers

Some high-end applications and games need to have correct and valid drivers to work. They will not work with general drivers. Microsoft has this Windows Hardware Quality Labs testing or WHQL Testing. This makes sure that drivers meet the correct experience, and pass through proper testing before certification. So when you are installing drivers, make sure they are qualified drivers for that Windows.

b] Update or Download and install DirectX

Microsoft DirectX is a suite of technologies developed by Microsoft to provide hardware acceleration for heavy multimedia applications such as 3D games and HD videos. While Windows 10 has Directx 12, earlier version used DirectX 11. Make sure to follow the instructions to update or install DirectX on your Windows 10 PC.

c] Install the Microsoft DirectX End-User Runtime

The Microsoft DirectX End-User Runtime provides updates to version 9.0c and previous versions of DirectX. Follow this link to download, and install it right away.

d] Install or update the .NET framework

This framework is used by application, and games during development. This means without the runtime files installed on your Windows 10 PC, it will not work.  Installing or Update .NET Framework is easy. You can also verify it using the .NET setup veritifaction tool.

All the best!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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