How To Fix The 0xc00000e5 Error Code On Windows

problem status 0xc00000e5

Encountering Windows error codes like 0xc0000005 while updating Windows, playing a game, or using any random application interferes with the workflow. What’s more irritating is that even basic troubleshooting is of no help and the problem persists even after rebooting the PC, fixing system file errors, and disabling antivirus. If you have also tried all this but the “application unable to start correctly 0xc00000e5,” is not ready to go anywhere, try these advanced fixes. This post will provide step-by-step instructions for troubleshooting the issue.

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What is Error Code 0xc00000e5

This error code on Windows indicates conflict or compatibility issues an application faces when it is unable to access the essential system files. This issue can be easily fixed by running the application as admin, updating Windows and device drivers, and following other ways, as mentioned in this post.

Why Does This Problem Occur

Several issues can be the reason for The “application unable to start correctly 0xc00000e5” error code. Here we enlist the most common ones:

Hard Disk Errors due to bad sector or defragmentation.

Malware Infection

Outdated/missing/corrupt Drivers

False Positive

App Conflict

App Permissions

Also Read: How to Solve The Code Execution Cannot Proceed Error

How to fix the Problem Status 0xc00000e5 Issue

Once the reason is understood, fixing the problem becomes easy. However, as multiple causes are behind this error code, to resolve it, you will need to follow different techniques. These include running the problematic app as admin, uninstalling MSI afterburner (if the issues are faced while running a game), checking the hard disk for errors, updating drivers, disabling DEP, and others. Follow the instructions given below and apply the fixes.

Fix 1: Run The App As An Administrator

The quickest way to fix the error is to run the application with issues as admin.  Here is how to do that:

Step 1: Right-click on the app shortcut that is giving issues. Select Run As Administrator from the context menu.

Run As Administrator Option

See if this helps. If not move to the next fix. If it does help to always run the app as admin follow these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on the app shortcut >  select Properties.
Step 2: Click the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Run this program as an administrator.
Step 3: Click on Apply and then on OK.

If this doesn’t help either try uninstalling and reinstalling the app.

Fix 2: Update Drivers

The next method to fix the problem is to update the Storage drivers. There are three ways to do that:

Method 1: Update Using The Manufacturer’s Website

If you know the model and make of your storage device, the driver can be updated from the manufacturer’s official website. However, this method is useful for advanced or professional users. Beginners or those who do not have much knowledge about technicalities should avoid this method and update drivers either via Device Manager or using a tool.

Method 2: Use The Device Manager

The Device Manager is an inbuilt tool that allows Windows users to update the drivers from the Microsoft Servers. It is an easier method than the previous one but has a limitation. The Device Manager only looks for updated drivers on Microsoft Servers, not OEM third-party websites. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Press Win + X and choose Device Manager.

Step 2: Locate Display Drivers > Double-click on it to expand and find your graphics card.

Step 3: Right-click on the graphic card and select Update driver.

find graphics card under Display Adapter

Step 4: Select the first option and follow the onscreen instructions to automatically download and install the latest driver updates (if available).

Step 5: Restart your PC.

Note : If you get a prompt that the driver is up to date or that you are running the latest driver, we suggest running a driver updating tool to double-check.

Method 3: Use The Advanced Driver Updater

Advanced Driver Updater is a tool specifically designed to scan your PC for outdated drivers and show driver updates allowing the user to update drivers and fix issues caused due to corrupt, problematic, or corrupt drivers. Here are the steps to use this app:

Step 1: Download and Install Advanced Driver Updater.

Step 2: Launch the app and click on Start Scan Now button.

Advanced driver updater scan process

Step 3: After completing the scan, look for your graphic driver listed and click on the Update link beside it.

Driver Scan Process

Step 4: Let the process complete and reboot your PC. 

Fix 3: Update Windows

Microsoft provides updates to all the users using the registered version of Windows. These updates include bug patches, software updates, new features, virus definitions, etc. Hence, it is necessary to keep your Windows updated at all times. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Press Windows + I to open the Settings.

Step 2: Click on the Windows Update tab in the left panel.

Windows Update selected in system settings
Step 3: Click the Check for updates button in the right section.

checking for updates

Step 4: Finally, click the Download and Install button and restart the PC after the update process completes.

Fix 4: Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you cannot install Windows Updates or face any issues while installing the update, we suggest running Windows Update troubleshooter. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Press Windows + I to open Windows Settings.

2. Click System > Troubleshoot.

3. Click on Other Troubleshooters > Windows Update > Run.

4. This will help troubleshoot any issues preventing you from downloading Windows updates.

If this doesn’t help, and you know the Windows update code, you can download Windows updates manually from the official Microsoft update catalog.

Fix 5: Scan For Malware

Another reason for the 0xc00000e5 error code is malware infection. To eliminate it scan your PC for infection. Here are the steps to run a Windows Security scan.

Step 1: Press Win + S to open the Search box and type Windows Security.
Step 2: Click on the relevant result.
Step 3: Click on the Virus and Threat Protection option

security feature

Step 4: Click on the Scan Options link under Quick Scan.
Step 5: Select Full Scan and click on the Scan Now button.
Step 6: Wait for the scan to finish.
Step 7: Follow the onscreen instructions to remove or quarantine the malware-infected files.
Step 8: Restart your computer and check if you are still facing the problem status 0xc00000e5 error.

If you are looking for a recommendation for a third-party antivirus, try T9 Antivirus. This security tool offers different protection shields, performs real-time scanning, and regularly updates its database.

Fix 6: Scan Hard Disk For Errors

Issues on the hard disk can also cause an “application unable to start correctly 0xc00000e5” error. To check and fix errors on the hard disk drive, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run Box.
Step 2: Type cmd in the text box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt in the admin mode.

run cmd

Step 3: Type the following command and press Enter to check for hard disk errors.

chkdsk /f /r

Step 4: Let the process run and reboot your computer once it completes.

Fix 7: Check RAM

Faulty RAM is also the reason behind the error. To check RAM for errors, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Windows key and type “Mdsched”.
Step 2: Click on the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool under Best Match.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostic

Step 3: A new box will open, and you have to click on the “Restart Now…” option and follow the onscreen instructions.

Fix 8: Run SFC Scan

Running the System File Checker tool to check and replace any corrupted system files will also help fix 0xc00000e5 on Windows 11. Here are the steps to run a SFC scan.

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run Box.
Step 2: Type cmd in the text box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt in the admin mode.
Step 3: Type the following command and press the Enter key to scan System Files.

Sfc /Scannow

sfc scannow command

Step 4: After the scan is over, restart your PC and check.

Also Read: 10 Ways To Solve File System Errors In Windows

Fix 9: Run DISM

Like  SFC, the Deployment Image Servicing and Management also helps scan and fix issues with system files.

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run Box.
Step 2: Type cmd in the text box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt in the admin mode.
Step 3: Type the following command and press the Enter key to scan System Files.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Enter RestoreHealth command

Step 4: After the scan, reboot your PC and check if the issue has been resolved.

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Fix 10: Turn Off DEP

Data Execution Prevention (DEP), offers security on PC. However, it is not compatible with all programs and can cause conflicts, resulting in the “application unable to start correctly 0xc00000e5” error. Try disabling it to see if it helps.

Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings and click on the System tab from the left panel of options.

open Windows settings to update operating system
Step 2: Scroll down on the right side and click About in the right pane.
Step 3: Next, click on the Advanced System Settings link in the center of the screen.
Step 4: A new window will open where you click  the Settings button under the Performance section.
Step 5: A new box will open. Click on the Data Execution Prevention tab and select the button next to “Turn on DEP for the programs other than those I select.”
Step 6: Click on the Add button and locate the app’s executable file, causing the 0xc00000e5 error.

Once you have added the apps here, you will not face the “application unable to start correctly 0xc00000e5” error.

Fix 11: Reset PC

The final option to fix the “problem status 0xc00000e5” error is to reset your PC to its default settings. You can choose to keep all your files, but we still recommend that you back up your files before you initiate this method. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Press Win + I to open the Windows Settings.
Step 2: Type Reset in the search bar located in the left panel.

reset option in system recovery

Step 3: Choose Reset This PC from the multiple options.
Step 4: Next, locate the Reset PC button on the right side and click on it.
Step 5: You will get two options: Keep My Files & Remove Everything.

choose an option - keep my files or remove everything
Step 6: Choose Keep My Files and proceed with the online instructions.

0xc00000e5 Error Code You Are No Longer Welcomed

Application errors that prevent you from running software, playing games, or using the PC are frustrating. We hope that using the different techniques explained above, you will be able to fix Windows Error Code 0xc00000e5 and use your PC smoothly. To prevent this from happening in the future, use a trusted antivirus and keep your PC optimized.

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Dheeraj Manghnani
Dheeraj Manghnani

Dheeraj Manghnani likes to read and write about latest technological developments that make life simpler in today's intricate world. He has been fascinated by technology since he got his first computer and is on a never ending quest to know more and share his knowledge with others.

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