Getting the “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005).” error in Hearthstone? Here’s what to do.
One of the most notorious errors associated with Hearthstone is “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005)” error, which is typically encountered during (or immediately after) startup. The cause of the error has been attributed to a number of factors, both in-app and on host device.
In any case, herein are some fixes to try.
How to fix Hearthstone: The Application Was Unable to Start Correctly (0xc0000005)
As gathered from Hearthstone players’ reviews, this error is rather exclusive to PC gamers. Hence, it’s essentially associated with the desktop version of the game.
Anyway, if/when you encounter the error on your computer, below are some of the recommended solutions to try:
Solution 1: Restart PC
The universal basic troubleshooting, which entails simple system restart, is also applicable here. Thus, if you’re getting the “The application was unable to start correctly (00xc0000005)” error for the first time, try and reboot your PC, and see if it helps.
If the error still pops up after system restart. you can proceed with the more advanced solution(s).
Solution 2: Disable AV
As gathered, the main cause of the startup crash error has been attributed to an undue interference from a firewall. So, the error is basically encountered on systems that have antivirus (security) programs installed. To fix this error, in this case, all you have to do is to disable your AV firewall each time you want to launch Hearthstone.
Alternatively, you can easily add the game to your firewall’s list of exceptions. This, however, exposes your system to security threats that may arise from playing the game. Nonetheless, the error at hand should be fixed.
If the error persists, try the next fix.
Solution 3: Reinstall Game
Although the “The application was unable to start correctly (00xc0000005)” error has been attributed to firewall interference, some players who have no antivirus program installed on their PCs have reported their encounters with the error.
If the aforementioned is the case, you may have to uninstall and reinstall the game.
While this error has no known link to system configuration/compatibility issues, it’d be ill-advised to rule it out. So, ensure that your PC is properly configured and all graphics (and audio) drivers are up-to-date.
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