Application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000006) ...

Posted on 2006-04-12
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have just bought a new computer, and installed Windows XP with SP2. I did a clean install of the OS directly from the MSDN DVD.

Windows loaded beautifully, but trying to run setup on any program (e.g. device drivers for video card, printer, keyboard, mouse, etc) I get the following message:
"The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000006). Click on OK to terminate the application."
This error appears twice, and I have to click OK twice to return to the Windows start screen.

This is a problem as you can imagine.

I originally thought the problem may be hardware based, so I'm giving my specs below just in case:
Mainboad: ASUS P5WD2 Premium Intel 955x LGA775, 1066FSB, 4xDual DDR2
Graphics card: ASUS Nvidia Geforce 6600GT, 128MB, 128bit DDR3 (TV+DVI+Dual VGA+SLI Support) - PCI-Express
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 650: HT, 90nm, LGA775, 2MB L2, 3.40 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, EIST, EM64T, XD
Memory: 2x Kingston 1GB 800MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL5 (5-5-5-15) DIMM
Hard disk: Western Digital 250 GB, SATA300, 8MB, 7200rpm
DVD drive: Sony Dual Layer DVD Writer
OS: Windows XP Professional (32-bit) - SP2

Intermittantly, when directly trying to run a setup program directly, I also get the following error message:
"Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed."

Any ideas as to 1) What is causing the problems? and 2) How do I fix them?

I have tried the following remedies:
1) Partition the hard drive into a 50GB C: drive, etc.
2) Swapping the memory DIMMS, and running with only 1 DIMM at a time.

I can only come to the conclusion that the problem is something software/registry related in the Windows XP and/or Service Pack 2.

Any help will be appreciated.

Question by:NetMeister
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    Give us the info from the event viewer.
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    Expert Comment

    (0xc0000006) errors refer to the paging file I/O errors.

    Try increasing the page file size so it is at least equal to the amount of ram you have plus a little more.

    Also, try to run chkdsk on your disk, and if you have more than one partition, try moving the page file to another one of those partitions.
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    Have you tried to get the latest updates from microsoft site?
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    Accepted Solution

    One of two this error could be related to---> Hardware which is probably the problem.
    Software --> Windows installation issue, did you have any errors while installing Windows on your computer?
    Check this link below:-

    Also XP might having a problem with Services.exe preventing the app. from initializing, the recommended action for this is to do a repair install, but for more details look here:-;en-us;315341

    The Hardware might be related to memory issue, have you tried to swap both memory sticks and get one from a friend, Check the Power supply if it gives enough voltage to the motherboard if you have an AC Tester.

    Good Luck.

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    It was hardware, but not memory. The fault seemed to be a bad drive cable/connection. I had to almost strip the entire PC and re-fit. It works now. It's still very strange that Windows installed without any "visible" problems ???? Maybe the cable got damaged sometime after installation ....
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    by:Mohammed Hamada
    Probably yes, it depends on how long it took you while you were installing the OS, Sometimes its related to CD Drive's bolt while copying files between Hard Drive and the CD.

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