What is Error 0xc0000005

Error 0xc0000005 is similar to 0x80070005 or 0x8007042b. These are errors that users often encounter during the use of Windows operating system. This error occurs both on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 and it is fairly broad as it involves a batch of issues. It causes you discomfort because when the error message window is closed the software you are running is closed immediately.

Causes of error 0xc0000005

There are many possible causes of the error 0xc0000005. The system configuration is wrong, the RAM is faulty, the computer is infected with virus or malware…All of these reasons can cause error 0xc0000005. If the error message displays only error 0xc0000005, it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Below we list some of the most common causes of 0xc0000005 errors and how to fix them in each case.

How to fix error 0xc0000005

Method 1: You encountered this error during the installation of the Windows operating system

You receive a warning “Windows installation encountered an unexpected error. Verify that the installation sources are accessible, and restart the installation. Error Code: 0xC0000005”. Each operating system recommends a minimum configuration of the device. First you need to check that your computer has the minimum configuration required by Windows. Ex: Here are the official minimum recommended specs for a Windows 10 machine, as provided by Microsoft:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 1024 x 600 or above

If your computer has a better configuration than Microsoft recommends, continue with the installation. If not, please upgrade your computer before proceeding with the installation.

Method 2: Your computer’s RAM may be faulty

If your computer uses multiple RAM slots, the best way to do this is to use each RAM bar in turn. If your computer still displays the error message 0xc0000005, it means the RAM you are using faulty. You can remove or replace it. Or you can use the Memtest software to test your RAM.

Methot 3: Some programs are not compatible with the DEP(Data Execution Prevention) feature

To fix it we need to disable this feature.

Step 1. Log in to your Computer.
Step 2. Press Win + R and then type “sysdm.cpl“.
Step 3. Click the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button.
Step 4. Click the Data Execution Prevention tab. Select Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select.
Step 5. Click Add.
Step 6. Open the problematic executable (.exe) files. Then click OK all to finish.

Method 4: Your computer is infected with a virus or malware

This is a common cause of the 0xc0000005 error. You can use some common antivirus software to scan and remove them.  Some antivirus software recommend that you use: Avira Antivirus 2018, AVG AntiVirus, Avast Antivirus 2018, Kaspersky. The software comes with free and paid versions that fit your needs.

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