Application Error: The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000005

When using any software, you may receive an error message. The application failed to initialize properly. We have noticed the error with applications like Chrome, VLC,  Word, or almost any other executable files – including OS files. The error reads:

The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to close the application.

This error can occur due to several factors including damaged installation of the software or damaged system files supporting the execution of the software, even a malware infection. In this article, we will be troubleshooting this issue.

Google Chrome application error 0xc0000005

The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000005

The methods which are proven to work most of the time to fix The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000005 error are:

  1. Run SFC and DSIM
  2. Reinstall the software.
  3. Run a Malware scan.
  4. Repair-Install Windows 10.

1] Run System File Checker

Run CMD as Administrator and then execute the System File Checker command.

sfc /scannow

Restart your system after the scan is completed. You can also use our freeware FixWin to Run the System File Checker utility with a click.

You should also run the DISM tool if SFC doesn’t resolve the problem.

2] Reinstall the software

You can try to uninstall and then reinstall the software that is throwing you the error mentioned above. However, it is worth noting that doing this might make you lose all your application data for that particular software.

3] Run a Malware Scan

Sometimes malware can damage a supporting file and result in the Application Error too. So, it is advised that you perform a deep, full scan on your computer using your antivirus.

In many cases, the malware was causing this issue. And as soon as it was fixed, the software started working regularly.

4] Repair install Windows 10

If the other three methods did not work, the only resort that you have is to Repair-Install Windows 10. It will detect and fix any corruptions in the Windows 10 installation and will make sure that the system files are in a state that they are meant to be.

These are some working fixes that should help you in troubleshooting the Application Error – The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000005.

Other similar errors:

  • The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)
  • The application was unable to start correctly (0xc00007b)
  • The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)
  • The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000018).
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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.