Applications may fail sometimes during the execution period and this is nothing to be alarmed about. But if a certain .exe file is crashing again and again and showing up “exe has stopped working” message, there are some issues with the application file. Don’t be alarmed, there are a ton of reasons that may cause the exe file to crash. Just go through easy solutions and enact those on your system to get a quick resolution.
1. Before you do anything, we recommend you restart your computer once and then relaunch the app.
2. Just disable any third-party antivirus that may interfere with the process.
Fix 1 – Relaunch the program
Kill the suspended program and relaunch the program again.
1. Just right-tap the Windows icon on your taskbar and tap on “Task Manager” to access the Task Manager.
2. Now, you will see the app in the list of apps in the Task Manager.
3. Just, right-tap the app and tap “End task” to kill the app instantaneously.
Close the Task Manager. After closing the Task Manager and try relaunching the app once again and test whether this works.
Fix 2 – Close all background apps
Sometimes the background apps can consume a huge chunk of resources.
1. Right-click on the Windows icon and it should open a menu page.
2. Then, tap on the “Task Manager” to access it.
3. When the Task Manager opens up, you will notice several apps running in the background.
4. Just, right-click on any unnecessary app you can find on your system and tap on “End task“.
This will kill that app process.
5. Now, following the same way, you should kill the apps that are eating up the system resources unnecessarily.
You can close the Task Manager. Then, launch the app again and test.
Fix 3 – Run the program as an administrator
Sometimes some apps require administrative level execution to work correctly.
[Here, we have used “Minecraft” as an example.]
1. Just type the name of the app in the search box.
2. Then, just right-tap the app and tap “Run as administrator“.
Check if this works out for you. If it does you can make sure that whenever this app launches, it does with administrative permissions. Follow these steps –
1. Now, just press the Windows key and type the name of the exe file.
(Minecraft in our case)
2. Then, right-click on the app and tap on “Open File Location“.
This should lead directly to the installation directory. If it doesn’t, you can manually go to the installation directory.
3. When you have reached the location of the executable file, right-tap the app and tap “Properties“.
4. In the Properties window, go to the “Compatibility” section.
5. Here, just check the “Run as administrator” option.
6. Once you are done, click on “Apply” and “OK” to apply this change immediately.
After that, try to launch the app again and test whether this works out.
Fix 4 – Set the program to run in compatibility mode
Sometimes the incompatibility between the app and your system may cause this issue.
1. At first, right-tap on the exe file and tap on “Properties” to open the properties of the app.
2. Then, go to the “Compatibility” tab.
3. Here, just check the “Run this program as” box and set the option to “Windows 8” from the list.
4. Once you are done, tap “Apply” and “OK” to finally save the changes.
Then, run the app and test whether it is failing or not.
Fix 5 – Check the DEP settings
Data Execution Prevention can block and restrict the application from working smoothly.
1. At first, right-tap on the Windows icon and click on “Run“.
2. Then, type “sysdm.cpl” in the Run window and tap “OK“.
3. Next, head on to the “Advanced“.
4. In the Performance section, tap “Settings“.
5. In the Performance Options window, go to the “Data Execution Prevention” section.
6. After that, just choose the “Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only” box.
7. Finally, tap “OK” to save these changes.
8. Then, tap “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes.
Once you have done this, run the app and test.
Fix 6 – Empty the temporary folders
If the previous fixes don’t work out, try emptying the temporary folders.
1. Press the Windows key and the R keys together.
2. Then write this in Run and click “OK“.
2. There you will notice several files and folders.
3. Select all of the files and tap the bin icon to completely empty the folder.
4. In the File Explorer screen, go this direction –
5. Empty this folder just like before.
After emptying the folder, close the File Explorer.
Fix 7 – Restore system files using scans
Running SFC scans can restore crucial system files and fix crash issues.
1. At first, right-click on the Windows key and tap on the “cmd“.
2. Now, just right-tap the “Command Prompt” and tap on “Run as administrator” to open the terminal with proper administrative rights.
3. At first, you have to perform the DISM scan. So, paste this code and hit Enter.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
Windows will run a DISM check.
4. Once you have done, paste this command and hit Enter to run an SFC scan.
Close the Command Prompt window. After completing both scans, do remember to restart your system.
After restarting, try to launch the app again. It should run just like before.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.