How to Fix Application Error 0xc0000005

The error code 0xc0000005 is also known as the “Access Violation” error and is one of the most common errors that can occur when using Windows.

This blog post will explain what this error code means and how you can fix it if it happens to your computer..

If you’re getting application error 0xc0000005 on one of your programs, I’m sure you don’t want it to happen again. And if your computer is already freezing because of this issue, it really needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

This article will show you how to repair broken registry elements and repair damaged or badly written files, which should fix the 0xc0000005 error for good.

Why does this error occur?

When an application is trying to access a memory element that is not available or written into protected memory, the 0xc0000005 error occurs. This means your programs won’t’ be able to run as they should and some might even become unresponsive and freeze up on you without any reason why.

This problem usually happens when there’s a break in communication between your applications and the Windows operating systems. It’s really important to fix this as soon as possible because it can cause your computer to become unstable and crash even when you’re just using basic programs such as Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player.

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How to fix application error 0xc0000005?

The 0xc0000005 error is usually caused by corrupted registry elements. These are bits of information that Windows uses to talk to your programs, but when one or more of them become corrupt, you get unusual system behaviour and errors like this.. To fix this problem quickly follow these methods.

Method 1. Repairing the registry

1. Go to Start and in the search box type “cmd”. Right-click on cmd.exe and choose “Run as administrator”

2. Type this command “sfc /scannow” and press Enter

3. After this process is done restart your computer

Method 2: Repairing files

If you’re still getting errors with method 1 I recommend you do a full system restore just to be sure that any damaged files won’t cause problems later on. To do this go to Control Panel- System repair options – System Restore.

You can read more about how to use system restore here if you need help with it. If after doing all of this, your application error 0xc0000005 still pops up on your computer, it’s time to start getting more specific.

You can use an application scanner or a disk defragmenter to see if the issue continues after doing so. After you do this run SFC /scannow again just so any new system files are updated into your registry.

Any of these methods should be able to fix your error code 0xc0000005 for good. If you’re still having problems just let me know what kind of problems you’re still getting and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I’m still getting this error even after trying all the steps from your blog.

If you’re using a laptop or any other computer that is not made by Microsoft one of these methods might not work for you. In that case, I recommend you search Google for another solution specific to your system model and see if it works for you.

Why does this error occur?

There are several reasons why the 0xc0000005 error happens, but in most cases, it’s because there is a problem with a registry element or a file that has become corrupt and Windows doesn’t know how to deal with it properly anymore.

What can I do to fix the error?

This is a good question. To be honest, most of the time software developers just ignore this kind of problem and don’t provide any solutions for it..  The only thing you can really do is go to Microsoft support and see if they have an answer for your particular problem.

My PC still freezes regularly, what should I do now?

Unfortunately, there’s nothing more we can do with your computer right now.. For best results, I recommend you take your computer to a professional and let them diagnose it for you…
Although, some might charge you $100s even $1000s for this so it’s not really worth the cost especially if you don’t have that much money to spend.

I’m getting the error when installing new software, what should I do?

You can try system restore or if you want to you can roll back your computer to a previous time before the error started happening.  If this method doesn’t work for you, I recommend you contact Microsoft Support and see if they have any solutions for you which might be able to help in fixing the problem.


I hope these methods were helpful in resolving your application error 0xc0000005 issue on your PC! If there are still questions about the steps in this article feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll try our best to answer them as soon as possible!

Thanks for reading.

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