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How to Fix AppCrash Errors in Windows

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An AppCrash error is pretty self-explanatory, it basically occurs when a program or application has crashed on your system.

AppCrash is the official term used by Microsoft Windows to indentify an application crash. When an individual encounters one of these errors it’s typically reported as: “Program Event Name: AppCrash”, followed by additional technical information, which would be unintelligible to most people, unless you’re a computer programmer.

There are a number of different symptoms that are said to trigger this error code in your system, these are:

  • Applications performance becoming intermittent and sluggish.
  • The application freezing periodically.
  • Applications timing out, and then recovering.

What Causes the AppCrash?

There are a broad range of things that are responsible for the AppCrash, which is why it cannot be narrowed down to just one thing. Of these various reasons, the most common are as follows:

  • The computer system lacks the appropriate system resources to run the application.
  • The windows registry has been corrupted.
  • The system has been infected with a malicious file.
  • The computer has been poorly maintained.
  • The operating system is incompatible with the application you are attempting to run on it.
  • The CPU has become stressed out, due to consistent high CPU load.

No matter the reason for the AppCrash error on your computer, the one thing that is consistent is that it must be repaired before it does any further damage to your system.

If you opt not to sufficiently repair this problem, it will only serve to prohibit you from running your desired application, and also expose your system to fatal crashes, which will have a detrimental effect on the overall health of your computer.

How to Fix It

I’ve outlined a number of steps that the end user can attempt, when trying to rectify this issue. All of which have proven quite successful at fixing this particular error.

Reinstall the Application

Before you attempt any of the methods I have outlined below, the first thing you’ll want to do when you encounter an AppCrash is reinstall the culprit application. Be sure to completely uninstall the application before you reinstall it, as this will ensure the new install doesn’t inherit the problems from the old install.

Use DEP to Exclude Application Files

If you have a program that constantly crashes, you may want to consider excluding it from the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) security feature, as there is a good chance it could alleviate the instances of crashes. Anyway, you can do that, by doing the following:

1. First, boot into your computer with full administrative rights.

2. Then press Windows Key + R, to open the Run Command box, and type sysdm.cpl into it and click on OK.

3. This will load up the System Properties applet, from here, click on the Advanced Tab, and then click on the Settings button, under Performance.

4. Performance Options should load up, from here click on the Data Execution Prevention Tab, then click on Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select, then click on the Add button.

5. Locate the .exe file of the application that is constantly crashing, then click on Open.

6. Lastly, click on Apply, then OK.

Run Chkdsk

Sometimes random application crashing is the result of errors or bad sectors on a hard disk drive. Thus, there is a chance that your hard drive is at fault here. To counter this problem, simply run Chkdsk, you can do that, by doing the following:

1. First, make sure you have booted into your computer with full administrative rights.

2. Then press Windows Key + E.

3. When My Computer loads up, right click on the Hard Drive (with the application installed on it) and select Properties.

4. When the Hard Drive Properties applet loads up, click on the Tools Tab, and then click on Check Now, under Error-checking.

5. A small Check Hard Drive applet will appear, make sure the boxes next to Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors are ticked and click on Start.

Note: If the hard drive you’re attempting to scan is currently in use, then it will ask you whether you would like to schedule a scan on the next system restart, select yes, and then reboot your computer.

Uninstall Recent Updates

If you recently installed any new updates, prior to the application crashing, there is a good chance that the AppCrash is the result of a conflict between the update(s) and the application. You should consider uninstall these updates by doing the following:

1. First, boot into your computer with full administrative rights.

2. Then press Windows Key + R, type Control Panel into the Run Command box and click on OK.

3. When Control Panel loads up, type Windows Updates into the Search Control Panel box, and then click on View Installed Updates.

4. This will take you to the Uninstall an update screen, from here, click on the appropriate update(s), and then click on Uninstall.

Share your experience if you find any problem with AppCrash errors and How you’ve solved it! 🙂

About The Author

Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website Compuchenna.


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