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How to fix app crashing issues on Windows 10

How to fix app crashing issues on Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 6, 2016

Windows 10 is quite stable for most users, but the operating system is anything but perfect.
System File Checker
There are tons of bugs which always affect small sections of users.

These are usually caused by hardware conflicts, i.e, some driver may be malfuntcioning or become incompatible with Windows 10. But sometimes, there maybe some issues, which you cannot pin down on a device driver.

Here is an example of what an issue with a Windows 10 Windows Update did:

One of the Windows Updates which was released about a week ago, wreaked havoc on my computer. It prevented many apps from working properly. And even worse, it caused Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge to crash upon starting. To be more precise, when I clicked on the Google Chrome icon or Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, it would start a process in the task manager, but the memory consumption was 0MB. Clearly the browsers were unable to start.

It wasn’t caused by security software, I knew that for sure. I narrowed the issue down to the recent Windows Update. So, the problem was with Windows itself. And what do you do on such occasions? You can’t fix with any software, certainly not a third-party software.

Yes, as I have hinted in the previous sentence there is a way to fix it using a Microsoft utility. It is called the System File Checker. It has been present in all previous¬† will scan all of Windows’ system files, and replace any corrupted files with an original one stored in the Windows directory.

How to fix app crashing issues on Windows 10:

1. Click on the Start button.
2. Type in the word “cmd” (without the quotes)
3. Right-click on the “Command Prompt” option which appears.
4. Select the “Run As Administrator” option from the right-click context menu.

cmd admin
5. Now an elevated command prompt window should appear. (refer the 1st screenshot).
6. Type in the following command exactly as it is, and hit the enter key.

sfc /scannow

This is the system file checker command. This process will take sometime. If you see that the command prompt window says that it replaced the system files, you will have to reboot the computer to fix the issue.

Once it has booted, you should no longer have problems with apps crashing randomly or failing to start on your PC. If it still does have issues, then you may have to diagnose if it is an app-specific problem, perhaps caused by your security software which may be blocking it.