Overview
Microsoft Windows Error The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application indicates that there is some issue with Microsoft Windows operating system.  In this article we have given step by step instructions to resolve the issue. The error The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application generally occurs while installing, opening/launching, updating, uninstalling Microsoft windows.

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Disclaimer:
The steps given below involves changing system setting and it can damage your PC if the steps are not follow properly. It is highly recommended these steps  should be followed under supervision of an Expert technician. We will have no responsibility or liability in relation to any loss or damage that occurs in the process.

Affected Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10/Windows 10.1
  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista

Common Error message:

  • “Something went wrong. Error code The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application.
  • Something Went Wrong. We Are Sorry But We Are Unable To Start Your Program.please Ensure It Is Not Disabled By The System.Error Code: The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application“
  • There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help – The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application
  • Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates – The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application

Reason for error:

Microsoft Windows The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application error can occur due to following reasons:

  1. Virus/Malware infection.
  2. Corrupt system data.
  3. Incompatible windows update.

How to Fix Windows error code The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application:

  • SFC Scan

Open Command Prompt in elevated mode. To open Command prompt in Windows 10, type CMD in search bar (“Ask me anything“) and right click on it and Click on “Run as Administrator“. And in the next window click on Yes.

SFC scan

In command prompt type the following command:

sfc /scannow

sfc scan result

  • Disable Skype/Antivirus

Sometimes Skype and any installed antivirus can conflict with windows update. While updating the windows disable them. You can enable them once the update is done successfully.

If  Microsoft Windows The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142). Click Ok To Close The Application error still persists even after following the above steps, it means the issue is critical and it should be fixed by manually replacing the update files. It is highly recommended to talk to one of our Support specialist to get the issue resolved.


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Last Updated: 04/15/2015
Solution ID: 21644

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