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How to Fix Application Error 0xc0000005

Application Error 0xc0000005 is the result of your computer systems inability to run or install a particular program due to incorrect settings. Despite the fact that this error tends to show up almost exclusively when the end user attempts to run or install a piece of software, the reality is that this error is caused by a great many things, including physical damage to the system.

0xc0000005 Error Message

There are several error messages that the end user may encounter when coming face to face with error 0xc0000005, these are, the following:

The application failed to initialize properly (0xC0000005). Click OK to terminate the application

Stop 0x0000008E (0xC0000005…)

An application error has occurred and an application error log is being generated. Exception: access violation (0xC0000005)
What Causes This Error?

The operating system is a very complex piece of software, designed to carry out several tasks all at the same time. One task your system must do is distributing data in order to carry out tasks, allocating memory to the various processes. However, an application may attempt to access memory which has already been allocated to another process, and when this happens, it typically results in the violation error you are currently faced with now.

The actual cause of the error can be quite numerous; some of the more common reasons why this scenario may occur are the following:

  • Corruption of the Windows registry.
  • Faulty RAM.
  • Corrupted hardware drivers.
  • Computer has been infected with a virus.
  • Corrupted Windows update install.

In most situations you’ll find that it’s quite difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why the error is occurring on your system, which is why it’s always best practice to try an array of solutions.

Some time back, the Symantec Antivirus program was known to cause error 0xc0000005, however this was later fixed with a software update. This error you’re experiencing could be the result of a third-party application you installed, so you should be weary of everything.

The causes can be quite plentiful, but the solutions are quite simple.


As I previously stated, finding the exact cause of the error can be difficult, as the cause tends to vary from system to system. It’s this same mindset that should be applied when it comes to repairing the solution. You may need to try several different solutions before you find one that works for you.

Scan Your System for Viruses

If your computer has been infected with a malicious file, there is a good chance that it may be the thing responsible for the error you are now experiencing. Viruses are one of the most common causes of errors on our computer system today, which is why you should regularly scan your system for viruses.

If you have the appropriate internet security software on your computer, I say, go ahead and run a full thorough scan of your computer. If you do not, then there are several solutions that you may want to consider investing in, such as AVG, Malwarebytes, SpyHunter and many more. Find something proficient, and install it.

Replace Your RAM

There are those circumstances when error 0xc0000005 is the result of damaged or incompatible memory modules. For instance, if the error started to occur right after you installed some new memory modules inside your computer, then you should definitely look into removing those memory modules and replacing them with something that is compatible with your motherboard.

If the error started occurring randomly, there is still a chance that it could be the RAM; however you will need to test them in order to verify. There are a number of stress testing software, like MemTest86, which I recommend you install and run overnight, to verify the stability and integrity of your memory modules.

Run System File Checker

System File Checker is a built-in Windows tool designed to scan your Windows operating system and detect and replace corrupted or missing system files. This tool is very effective at improving the integrity of your operating system, in addition to repairing certain associated errors, in this case its error 0xc0000005.

There is no guarantee that this will fix the problem, but it’s still worth a try. Anyway, in order to run System File Checker, simply do the following:

  1. First, boot into your computer with full administrative rights.
  1. Then press Windows Key + R, to open the Run Command dialog box, then type cmd into it and click on the OK button.

  1. Once Command Prompt loads up, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

Note: System File Checker may ask you to put your Windows CD into your CD-ROM drive, so make sure you have that CD on hand, before you start this process.

Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website where he writes extensively on application errors and other computer related issues and topics.


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