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PC gamers who enjoy games with high graphics content such as Call of Duty, Dead Island and other AAA games, may frequently run into error code 0xc000007b on their Windows computer. This error code can also appear when a user is trying to upgrade to a newer version of Windows OS from an older version of Windows OS. Error code 0xc000007b indicates that an application was not able to start correctly. Fixing this error code is essential to resume normal functioning of the affected computer.



1. Trying to open a 64-bit application in a 32-bit environment after a recent OS upgrade

2. Specific sectors of the hard drive are corrupted.

3. Application files may be damaged.

4. System drivers are outdated.

The user can try to fix the error code 0xc000007b themselves by following the prescribed solutions given below.


There are several simple solutions to fixing error code 0xc000007b.

1. Restart the computer.  

The answer can be as simple as restarting the computer to close the    offending application and then open it correctly. The user may try  restarting the computer to see if that will remove the error.

2. Launch the application as an  administrator.

Error code 0xc000007b may have been caused because the application was initially launched by a user who did not have administrative privileges. This may be corrected by starting the application with administrative privileges.

  1. Go to File Explorer and locate the drive in which the program is present.
  2. Right click on the drive (usually C:) and select Pro.
  3. In the Properties dialogue box, select the Security tab.
  4. On the Security tab, click the Advanced button.
  5. On the Advanced window, click Change.
  6. In the Enter, the Object name box, type in your username and then click OK.
  7. Restart the computer to allow the administrative privileges to take effect.
  8. The application may now be launched to see if the error has been fixed.

3. Update drivers.

If the driver is outdated, the application will not correctly launch in the system. Therefore, it is essential to check for the latest driver information for the program.

  1. Go to File Explorer and navigate to My Computer.
  2. Right click on My Computer and select Properties.
  3. indow, select Device Manager.
  4. Go through the list of devices present here and look for any with a yellow exclamation mark next to them.
  5. Right click on each device that has a yellow exclamation mark next to it, select Update Driver.
  6. Restart your computer after doing these steps

4. Perform a disk check to look for errors.

Check disk utility should be launched to check for and repair bad sectors on the disk that may be triggering error code 0xc000007b.

  1. Hit Win + X to open up the menu.
  2. Choose Command Prompt (admin).
  3. Select Yes to launch Command Prompt as an administrator.
  4. In the window of Command Prompt, type chkdsk c/f/r/x. C should be the drive on which you are performing the scan.
  5. The above command will ask the computer to check for the bad sector in the C drive, fix the errors, identify the bad sector and to disconnect the drive before the start of the scanning process, so the drive should not be used while this utility is running. Hit Enter to begin the process.
  6. Restart the computer after this is complete and then relaunch the application.

5. Fix compatibility issues.

If you are using a computer that was recently upgraded to a new version of Windows from an older version of the Windows OS, you may need to fix compatibility issues that are preventing the application from opening correctly.

  1. Click the Windows button to view the Start menu and list of available programs.
  2. In the application list, look for the program which you were trying to launch when the error code 0xc000007b was displayed.
  3. Right click on the application option and select Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, go the Compatibility tab.
  5. On the Compatibility tab, select the option to Run this program in compatibility mode.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select the version of Windows OS that you are using.
  7. Choose Apply to save changes.
  8. Restart the computer and try launching the application.

6. Reinstall DirectX files.

Sometimes error code 0xc000007b occurs when the Direct X file has been damaged. Therefore it needs to be deleted and reinstalled to remove the error.

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Windows\System32.
  3. Look for the files named “x input_1. dll”, “x input_2. dll” and “x input_3. dll”.
  4. Select these files and delete them.
  5. Using your internet browser, go to Microsoft Download Center.
  6. Look for these Direct X files and download them.
  7. Install them on your computer.
  8. Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

7. Reinstall .NET Framework.

The .NET Framework commonly causes error code 0xc000007b in case it was not correctly installed. In this case, it will have to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.

  1. Hit Win + X to open the Power User menu.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. In the Control Panel, go to Programs and Features.
  4. In the list, look for line items that begin with Microsoft.NET.
  5. For each time, click on the item, then click on the Uninstall button at the top.
  6. Follow the instructions to uninstall.
  7. Complete this for all Microsoft.NET line items.
  8. Visit the Microsoft .NET site to download and install the latest framework.
  9. Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributed Packages.
  10. Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributed Packages are run time components. It is used to run multiple programs. In case these packages have been corrupt, they will need to be reinstall.
  11. Hit Win + X to open the Power User menu.
  12. Select Control Panel.
  13. In the Control Panel, go to Programs and Features.
  14. In the list, look for line items that begin with Microsoft Visual C++ 2*** Redistributable.
  15. For each item, click on the item, then click on the Uninstall button at the top.
  16. Follow the instructions to uninstall.
  17. Complete this for all Microsoft Visual C++ 2*** Redistributable line items.
  18. Visit the Microsoft site to download and install the latest packages.
  19. These steps should help to remove the errors you are facing. In case you continue to receive error code 0xc000007b, try uninstalling the application and reinstalling it.