[FIX] Application Error: The application wasn’t able to start correctly(0xc000142)

In today’s article, let us see how to fix the common Application error seen with Microsoft Office Applications. When one tries to open any of the MS Office applications, a dialog pops up, saying

The application wasn’t able to start correctly(0xc000142).Click OK to close the application.

If you are seeing this error, then try the fixes listed below

Fix 1: Repair MS Office

Step 1: Hold the keys Windows+r together.

Step 2: In the Run window, type appwiz.cpl, and hit Enter 



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Step 3: In the Program and Features window that opens, locate Microsoft Office Suite or Microsoft 365. Right-click and select Change



Change Option



Step 4:  If the UAC pops up asking for permissions, click on Yes

Step 5: In the appearing window, check Quick Repair.

Step 6: Click on the Repair button



Quick Repir



Step 7: Follow the instructions shown and repair the Office programs.

Step 8: Restart the application and check if the issue has been fixed.

Step 10: If the error is still seen, try choosing Online Repair and click on Repair. Make sure you have a working internet connection.


Online Repair


Step 11: In the Ready to start an Online Repair Dialog, click on Repair



Confirmtion For Repair


Step 12: Restart the application

Fix 2: Disable your Network & Reboot

Step 1: Hold the Keys Window+R and open Run Dialog

Step 2: Type ncpa.cpl  and press Enter





Step 3: Right-click on the network adapter on which you are connected and choose disable.



Adapter Disable


Step 3: Finally, reboot your system.

Step 4: Now try opening the application

Fix 3: Update the MS Office application

Step 1: Open any MS Office Application. For demonstrating we will be using Outlook. However, any application should be similar.

Step 2: Click on File from the top menu options


File From Menu


Step 3: In the appearing window, Select the Office Account from the left-hand side

Step 4: Click on Update Options

Step 5: From the drop-down menu choose Update Now


Update Office Min 1 Min


Once the application is up to date, check if the error resolves.

Fix 4: Uninstall and Re-install MS Office

Step 1: Open Run Dialog

Step 2: In the Run dialog, type appwiz.cpl, and hit Enter 



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Step 3: In the Program and Features window that opens, locate Microsoft Office

Step 4: Right-click on it and choose Uninstall


Right Click Uninstall



Step 4: Now, re-install Microsoft Office from Your Microsoft Account Page.

Hopefully, this should help you fix the error. If you are still seeing the error, try the below general fixes :

  • Update Windows
  • Perform a clean boot of the system
  • Perform a Windows Restore.


That’s All.

We hope this has been informative. Thank you for Reading.

Kindly comment and let us know if any of the above fixes helped you solve the issue.