FIX: The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142)

In this tutorial, learn how to fix “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)” error when you try to start a game or program in Windows 10.

The applications are usually games (CIV 5, Battlenet, or Starbound) however error 0xc0000142 can happen when you try to launch Word 2013, Autodesk or other programs as well. The application error 0xc0000142 mostly pops up due to dll load error. This means that the dll is required to run a program (or any other games) is no longer valid or signed. In order to fix this problem, you just simply replace it with a proper dll file. This error code 0xc0000142 is shown a long with the message that tells:

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)

esrv.exe – Application Error. The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142). Click OK to close the application

Besides above mentioned error message, you may also face error code 0xc000007b, 0xc0000005, 0xc0000018, 0xc0000022, 0xc0150004, 0xc0150002 as well. If you’re victim of this problem and getting this error with any of the application, this article is very helpful for you.

How To Fix The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142) In Windows 10

1. The first thing, reboot the machine then check if you can run the application.
2. If you are running the application with standard user privileges, I would you should run it as Administrator.
3. If the application worked fine with your previous Windows edition(s), you may consider launching it under compatibility mode.
4. You may try to re-install the application to fix the problem.
5. Ensure that you’ve installed .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 10.
6. Make sure that your Windows 10 have the latest C++ Redistributable Package(s) installed.

Download Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package for 64-bit operating systems (x64)

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7. To prevent these kinds of errors, I suggest you install latest Windows Updates.
8. Since the problem is caused by the unsigned or corrupted dll, you can change the value of LoadAppinit_dlls key to 0. LoadAppInit_dll basically is a mechanism that starts the dlls in its reg-key when the program starts. So changing its value to 0 might solve the problem.

  • Press Windows Key + R then put regedit in Run dialog box. Click OK to open Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
  • From the right pane, locate LoadAppInit_Dll and then change its value data to 0.
  • Reboot your computer.

After restarting your computer, check if error 0xc0000142 shows up while launching the application or not.

9. Perform a clean boot to troubleshoot this problem in Windows 10. To do that, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows Key +R then put msconfig in Run dialog box and click OK.
  • Switch to Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and then click on Disable all button.
  • Reboot the machine and check if error 0xc0000142 resolves.
  • Do all steps-wise above, for each application, one-by-one disable the corresponding services and check the status of the problem.

10. If error 0xc0000142 happens with different applications on a high frequency, you may try to reinstall Windows 10 without affecting personal files.

So this is how to fix “The application was unable to start correctly 0xc0000142” in Windows 10. Check the following video for the live demo:

How To Fix ESRV.EXE – Application Error (0xc0000142) on Windows 10

According to Windows 10 users, the esrv.exe application error (0xc0000142) is related with the Intel Driver Update Utility. So I would recommend you find a fix for this particular software.
1. Press Windows Key + R then put devmgmt.msc in Run dialog box and click OK.
2. In Device Manager window, scroll down and find the Intel Driver Update Utility program.
3. Then, you try to update this software, if that’s possible.

If the ESRV.exe Application error (0xc0000142) still persists, you can uninstall the Intel Driver Update Utility software.
1. Go to Control Panel (Category) > select Uninstall a Program.
2. Look for the Intel Driver Update Utility software, right-click it and select Uninstall.
3. Now you just follow on-screen prompts and complete the uninstall process.
4. Reboot the machine when you are done.

Hope something helps you. If you have any other Windows 10 error you can see for the solution on my webiste.

FIX: The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000142)
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