Error Message - -0xc0000142

During Restart Error Message - Application failed to initialize -0xc0000142 appears. What is this and what does it mean. Computer is HP PavilionElite, Vista Home Premium


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Last updated May 30, 2020 Views 57,268 Applies to:

Hi Celestyna,

Are you able to log in Normal mode?

• Does the error occur when you try to open any particular program?

• Did you make any recent changes to the computer?

This error means "DLL initialization failed".

You may perform a clean boot to verify if any third party application services or startup item is causing this issue. To perform a clean boot we will have to run System Configuration Utility.

To perform clean boot, follow the steps:

1. Click Start, type msconfig in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.

3. Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.

4. Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.

5. Click Apply and OK.

6. When you are prompted, click Restart.

7. After the computer starts verify whether you can download files.

If your issue is resolved after performing Clean Boot, then follow the steps mentioned in the following KB article to narrow down the exact source:

Also, see the section on how to return your computer to a Normal startup mode by following the steps under “Reset the computer to start as usual”.

Hope this information is helpful.

Praseetha K
Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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