Error message: application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142)

By Timtrash
Apr 8, 2008
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  1. Hi

    I hope someone can help with this. I am getting an error message when I try to launch any programs such as internet explorer, spybot, utorrent etc etc. The weird thing is, this only seems to be happen when the PC has been on for some time and I return to to it after a period to use it again. All these programs are fine on startup. Every time it happens I am having to force shutdown, then reboot and it works OK again - until the next time.

    It's baffling that I only get this after a period of time not using the PC, eg overnight. The error message is:

    The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click on OK to terminate the application

    About three weeks ago I had some major problems with my PC. Techspot helped me fix it using the preliminary removal steps from the security and web forum and it has been running fine ever since. I have been doing regular scans with Spybot and Adaware and run CCleaner, and I also used Spybot to disable some non-essential items on startup. I am not sure if the latest error messages is something new or just a hangover from those problems. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    What OS are your running?
  3. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I'm using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 build 2600
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Did these errors start occuring after your disabled the "non-essential" items on strat-up?

    Also, what paremeters is your RAM voltage set to?

    Lastly, check your BIOS for your 32-Bit Disk Access for your harddrive. Is it on or off?
  5. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    The error message was already happening before I disabled the "non-essential" items on start-up. I only did the disabling because I was trying to speed up my PC and I read on one of the forums that doing that can speed things up. The error message has only happened since I went through the excellent 15-step guide to preliminary removal of malware/spyware - this remove dloads of virus problems but it seems to have left this one little hangover.

    I'm really sorry but I am still a bit of a novice and am not sure how to the really technical stuff - how do I check what paremeters my RAM voltage is set to, and how do I check my BIOS for my 32-Bit Disk Access?

    Thanks for your help
  6. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Hi Route 44, any further advice

    Hi there, sorry to be a pain - I;ve been looking on the web to try and work out how to check RAM voltage paremeters and check my BIOS for 32-Bit Disk Access, but had no luck. If you get chance can you talk me through it step by step? This error thing is driving me mad!

    Thanks very much
  7. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Route44 - please help

    Hi Route44, sorry to post again and be a pain. I just wondered if you had read my latest post and if you have the time perhaps you could talk me through the next step.

    I have been into a couple of PC shops over the weekend and no-one seems to be able to advise me on how to fix my problem. I have also read several guides on Techspot and other sites on how to fix various error emssages, but I'm getting lost in a sea of tech-speak which is a bit too advanced for me.

    Can you help?

    Thanks
    timtrash
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Okay, lets do this first. If you got more minidumps attach in your next post and we'll see if anything else shows up.
  9. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Route44 - logs from event viewer

    Hi

    I'm not sure what I'm supposed to log here. I looked in: My Computer>C Drive>WINDOWS>Minidump and there was no files in there.

    I then did the following: Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Event Viewer>Application and looked through the list. There are a handful of yellow triangles saying "Warning" and a few red X "Error" messages. I presume the error ones are the ones of interest? What I have done is copy the details of the last three error ones I have had (copied below). I don't know if this is what you wanted but hopefully it will help. If not, can you guide me through how to get the information that you need to help me.

    1)

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Application Hang
    Event Category: (101)
    Event ID: 1002
    Date: 16/04/2008
    Time: 20:27:26
    User: N/A
    Computer: SARAH
    Description:
    Hanging application iexplore.exe, version 7.0.6000.16640, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
    0008: 69 6f 6e 20 48 61 6e 67 ion Hang
    0010: 20 20 69 65 78 70 6c 6f iexplo
    0018: 72 65 2e 65 78 65 20 37 re.exe 7
    0020: 2e 30 2e 36 30 30 30 2e .0.6000.
    0028: 31 36 36 34 30 20 69 6e 16640 in
    0030: 20 68 75 6e 67 61 70 70 hungapp
    0038: 20 30 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30 0.0.0.0
    0040: 20 61 74 20 6f 66 66 73 at offs
    0048: 65 74 20 30 30 30 30 30 et 00000
    0050: 30 30 30 000

    2)

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Application Hang
    Event Category: (101)
    Event ID: 1002
    Date: 14/04/2008
    Time: 18:58:50
    User: N/A
    Computer: SARAH
    Description:
    Hanging application iexplore.exe, version 7.0.6000.16640, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
    0008: 69 6f 6e 20 48 61 6e 67 ion Hang
    0010: 20 20 69 65 78 70 6c 6f iexplo
    0018: 72 65 2e 65 78 65 20 37 re.exe 7
    0020: 2e 30 2e 36 30 30 30 2e .0.6000.
    0028: 31 36 36 34 30 20 69 6e 16640 in
    0030: 20 68 75 6e 67 61 70 70 hungapp
    0038: 20 30 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30 0.0.0.0
    0040: 20 61 74 20 6f 66 66 73 at offs
    0048: 65 74 20 30 30 30 30 30 et 00000
    0050: 30 30 30 000

    3)

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Application Hang
    Event Category: (101)
    Event ID: 1002
    Date: 13/04/2008
    Time: 00:44:23
    User: N/A
    Computer: SARAH
    Description:
    Hanging application iexplore.exe, version 7.0.6000.16640, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
    0008: 69 6f 6e 20 48 61 6e 67 ion Hang
    0010: 20 20 69 65 78 70 6c 6f iexplo
    0018: 72 65 2e 65 78 65 20 37 re.exe 7
    0020: 2e 30 2e 36 30 30 30 2e .0.6000.
    0028: 31 36 36 34 30 20 69 6e 16640 in
    0030: 20 68 75 6e 67 61 70 70 hungapp
    0038: 20 30 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30 0.0.0.0
    0040: 20 61 74 20 6f 66 66 73 at offs
    0048: 65 74 20 30 30 30 30 30 et 00000
    0050: 30 30 30 000
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    The yellow ones are important, but especially the red X ones are the most important. Are you running IE 7?
  11. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Yes, looks like IE 7

    The properties box says it's Internet Explorer version 7.0.6000.16640
     
  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Sorry for the delay, I had WinDebugger problems as well as firewall issues. Anyway, notice in the information your gave how both IE 7 and hangapp are consistently cited. Many people have issues with this hangapp and the workarounds seem varied. Be careful of any software "fixes" some people cite; the cure can be worse than the problem in some cases.

    Read this: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/comphelp/msg1021142727854.html

    Also, google handapp and you'll see what I mean.
  13. Timtrash

    Timtrash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Can't seem to shake this application error message

    Hi, I really hope someone can help me out with this as it is driving me insane. I am still getting an application error message on my PC. It happens only after the PC has been left on a while untouched (eg overnight), and it happens when I try to launch something such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, UTorrent etc etc. It just says "the application (either iexplorer.exe/msword.exe/utorrent.exe) failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click on OK to terminate the application"

    When it happens, the pc doesn't freeze immediately, but then when I try to shut down and restart, it seems to freeze whil it is trying to shut down. I have run through the wntire guide to removing spyware and malware again (as I noticed it had some updates to it) and it found no threats or issues apart from a load of tracking cookies, which I removed.

    Please can anyone advise me on how to stop this message. I'm wearing out the button on the desktop from constant forced shutdowns. :confused:

    Thanks
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