How to Fix “Bad Image, error status 0xc0000020” Error?

Summary: In this blog, we’d primarily discuss the methods to fix the error “Bad Image, error status 0xc0000020”. Additionally, we’ll discuss the symptoms and causes of this error.

What is Bad Image error?

Error messages and codes occur if the system is unable to respond to an instructed action. They tell us that the expected action couldn’t be performed, and indicate probable reasons for the same. For instance, you get a self-explanatory error message when you try to open a ‘bad’ file.

Similarly, “Bad Image, Error status 0xc0000020” is an error which looks like the one given below :

Software.exe – Bad Image

C:\Windows\System32\XXXX.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support. Error status 00xc0000020.

Typically, you may see this error when launching an application fails due to corruption of some system files required to run the application flawlessly.

There are several reasons for corruption of system files and hence for “bad image error status 0xc0000020” error. Let’s have a look at some of these reasons.

Reasons for “Bad Image, error status 0xc0000020” Error

As system files are ‘program files’, anything that modifies them may cause corruption. Here are the instances which may corrupt system files and result in “Bad Image” error:

  • Incomplete installation or uninstallation of a software
  • Installation of defective Windows updates
  • Malware attack
  • Improper shutdown of the system

Hence, if we’re able to undo the changes that caused the corruption of some system files, we should be able to fix “bad image error status 0xc0000020” error. So, let’s troubleshoot in the said direction to fix the error.

[FIXED]: “Bad Image, error status 0xc0000020” Error

Method 1: Uninstall recently installed programs

If this error started appearing after installing any software, uninstall it. You can do this as follows:

Step 1. Click Windows search box at the bottom-left corner of Windows taskbar and type Control Panel

Step 2. Click “Control Panel” application

Step 3. Click “Programs and Features”

Programs-and-Features

Step 4. Select the program that needs to be uninstalled

uninstall or save the program

Step 5. Click “Uninstall” and follow the prompts to complete the action

organised uninstall or save the program

Step 6. Once you finish uninstalling the software, restart your system and see if “0xc0000020” error is fixed. Else, move to the next method.

Method 2: Uninstall recent Windows updates

Though Microsoft releases Windows updates to add new features, and to bring refinements to your existing Windows OS, the installation of Windows updates may not go well at times.

Did you know?

Several users had lost their data after installing Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809) that was rolled out in the first week of Oct 2018.

If you’re seeing “Bad Image, error status 0xc0000020” after recently installed Windows updates, uninstall them. To do this, follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Click Windows search box at the bottom-left corner of Windows taskbar and type Control Panel

Step 2. Click “Control Panel” application

Step 3. Click “Programs and Features”

Step 4. Click “View installed updates”

View installed updates

This will show all the installed Windows updates. You can click Installed On to sort the updates by their installation dates.

Step 5. Right-click the update you had installed recently, and select Uninstall to uninstall. Click Yes to confirm.

           uninstall-updates

Step 6. Restart the system to complete the “uninstall” process and see if the “Bad Image error status 0xc0000020” error is fixed.

Method 3: Reset Windows

If the above-given method doesn’t fix the error, reset/reinstall Windows by following the steps given below:

Step 1. Click Windows search box at the bottom-left corner of Windows taskbar and type Control Panel.

Step 2. Click “Control Panel” application.

Step 3. Click “Recovery”.

Control panel recovery

Step 4. Click “If you’re having a problem with your PC, go to Settings and try resetting it”.

Recovery

Step 5. On “Settings” page that opens, click “Get started” under “Reset this PC”.

Reset this PC

Step 6. If you want to keep your personal data, select “Keep my files”. Else choose “Remove everything” and follow the prompts to reinstall Windows.

Note: Choosing any of these two options would remove the installed apps and settings.

keep my files

If resetting Windows doesn’t work, follow the next method.

Method 4: Clean install windows

[CAUTION]: Clean installation of Windows would lead to data loss. Backup your data first and then do a clean installation.

To do a clean installation of Windows, you’d need to:

  1. Download media creation tool.
  2. Use it to create installation media on a USB or DVD.

Click here to know how to do a clean installation of Windows.

Conclusion

You may see the error “Bad Image, error status 0xc0000020” when trying to access an application but it fails to load due to the corruption of some system files.

In this blog, we outlined some of the reasons for the corruption of those system files and discussed various methods that could fix “0xc0000020” error. Hope this blog helped you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: What is error status 0xc0000020 Windows 10?

Ans:Error status 0xc0000020 Windows 10 occurs when the operating system misconfigured or corrupt or you or make your files inaccessible.

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