If you see an error “The application could not start correctly (0xc000007b)” in Windows 10, you are certainly not alone and you are in the right place. It has seen it many times on computers running from Windows XP to the Windows 10 anniversary update and this never seems to be the same thing twice.
The error is the typical Windows error that does not tell you anything at all. Even checking the event viewer does not always tell you much, if at all. It’s like someone shouting “Something’s wrong!” On the rooftops but refuses to elaborate. Having no idea of the real nature of the problem, general troubleshooting is the order of the day. Fortunately, you can do several things to eliminate these most boring mistakes.
Method 1. Restart your computer
The first thing to do is to restart Windows. It sounds too simple, but sometimes it gives results.
Method 2. Update the .NET Framework
In most cases, it is Microsoft .NET Framework that is causing the problems. You can download the latest version of the Microsoft .NET Framework.
When installed (or reinstalled), restart and try your application or game again.
Method 3. Enable Administrator Rights
Try running the game or application with administrator rights. To do this, right-click on the game shortcut or executable, select Properties and open the Compatibility tab. Check the box next to “Run this program as administrator” and click OK.
Method 4. Reinstall the application or game.
You can uninstall and reinstall the game or program you are trying to run – a simple but sometimes the fastest and most effective way to remove the error.
Method 5. Update Windows
Update Windows. In many cases, Windows will automatically update itself, but to check it, go to Control Panel and look for “Windows Update”.
In later versions, including Windows 10, you can open the new Settings app (just look in the Start menu or click on the gear icon that appears right above the Windows logo when you click on it at the bottom on the left of the screen.
In the Settings application, click Update and Security. A button allowing you to search for updates will appear:
Method 6. Run ChkDsk
Run chkdsk by opening cmd (look for it or press Win + R).
In the window, type “chkdsk c: / f / r”. If this is the Windows main disk, you will be asked to schedule it for the next boot. When you restart, it will perform a check before accessing the login screen. Partitions or other drives can also be checked this way.