How to Fix 0xc0000142 Application Error (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)


“0xc0000142 Application Error” is a very common problem across all recent Windows OS versions which usually occurs when trying to run some Autodesk products, Windows build-in services, as well as many other programs and games.

It might happen with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 as well as Windows 10, causing PC performance drops, instability and freezing. Sometimes it might even prevent you from installing new programs, prompting error during installation process.


In the most number of cases, 0xc0000142 error occurs when you try to run recently installed programs or games as well as during Windows startup, which is basically the same situation, since menu programs are configured to automatically start running near the end of system boot process.

Here’s how 0xc0000142 Application Error looks like:


The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142). Click OK to close the application


According to numerous user experiences,  0xc0000142 most frequently happens with these apps:

Autocad (acad.exe)
Autodesk Invertor (invertor.exe and invertorView.exe)
Autodesk Design Review (DesignReview.exe)
DWG TrueView 2015 (dwgviewr.exe)
3D Studio Max (3dsmax.exe)
Windows Command Prompt (CMD.exe)
Windows System File Checker (sfc.exe)
Windows Notepad (notepad.exe)
Windows Calculator (calc.exe)
Microsoft Office: Word (WINWORD.exe)
Lord of The Rings Online (lotroclient.exe)
Watch Dogs (Watch_Dogs.exe)
PES 2015 (PES2015.exe)
Transformers Fall of Cybertron (tfoc.exe)
Witcher 2 (witcher2.exe)


What causes 0xc0000142 Application Error?

There are various reasons why this annoying problem might happen. 

One of the most common scenarios behind 0xc0000142 error are corrupted DLL libraries or particular Windows registry keys. There are also a couple of malware programs which may interfere with your local DLL files, eventually causing 0xc0000142.


How to fix 0xc0000142 Application Error?

As with many other Windows errors, this one also requires a little bit of work to be investigated and solved.

In the rest of the this post, we will present the most efficient techniques for fixing 0xc0000142 error. These methods are collected all across the internet and helped a lot of users getting rid of 0xc0000142 trouble. 

But before going through these procedures, it is highly recommended to try universal quick-fix solutions described HERE, as they proved efficient in about 30% of cases…


Method 1: use “Autoruns for Windows” utility to detect broken DLL libraries

Autoruns for Windows is a small utility developed by Mark Russinovich, officialy approved by Microsoft. It is designed to help Windows users in detecting and managing all programs configured to run automatically at Windows start-up. It can also be useful for investigating various errors caused by outdated or unsigned DLL libraries. Follow the steps below:

1  Go HERE and download the latest version of Autoruns for Windows.

2  Extract the downloaded file and run Autoruns.exe

3  Select AppInit tab within the Autoruns interface. If there’s some problematic DLL libraries, they’ll be detected and listed, along with full details for every file. Here’s how it looks:



4  Find each of listed DLL files within your system and rename it by adding any character at the end of its name (so you can easily switch back to original name later). If you’re unable to rename some files, they might be currently used by some applications or OS. If this happens, try renaming these from Safe Mode (click here for more info about Widows Safe Mode).

5  Restart your PC and see if you still get 0xc0000142 error.


If this method didn’t help you solving 0xc0000142 error, proceed to the next page and try Method 2


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