Several Windows users have been reaching us with questions after being increasingly bothered by a persistent application error (0xe0434352). Most affected users are reporting that for them, the error occurs whenever they try to shut down or restart their computer. But for other users, the error window appears when they try to launch specific applications. As it turns out, the issue is not specific to a certain Windows version since we’ve confirmed it to occur on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
What’s causing the Application Error 0xe0434352?
We investigated this particular issue by looking at various user reports and by trying out different repair strategies that were successfully used to ger around this problem. As it turns out, several different scenarios will trigger this behavior. Here’s a shortlist of potential culprits:
- Display driver inconsistency – As it turns out, a display drive inconsistency can also be responsible for this particular error code. A particularly incompatible driver or a severely updated driver are both scenarios that might cause problems with certain applications. In this case, you should be able to resolve the issue by using Device Manager to replace the faulty driver with the latest compatible version.
- .NET Framework issue – There are several .NET Framework versions (4.6.1, 4.6, 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5 and 4.0) that are known to cause this problem with certain applications. If this scenario is applicable, you should be able to resolve the problem by running the .NET Framework Repair tool and applying the recommended repair strategies based on the type of problem that you’re encountering.
- Bad sector data – Bad sectors on your HDD can affect your system’s ability to perform certain actions when having to launch a 3rd party app. If a bad sector data is responsible for this error code, you should be able to resolve the problem by triggering a CHKDSK scan from an elevated Command Prompt.
- 3rd Party Conflict – A 3rd party conflict can also be responsible for the apparition of the 0xe0434352 error code. In this case, the best course of action is to perform a clean boot and then systematically re-enable the previously disabled 3rd party services and processes to figure out which one of them is causing the application error.
- System File corruption – In some rare occurrences, this error code might occur due to some kind of system file corruption that cannot be resolved conventionally. If this scenario is applicable, you should be able to fix the problem by refreshing every OS component with a clean install or repair install procedure.
Method 1: Updating the Display Adapter driver
As it turns out, one of the most common culprits that will end up triggering the 0xe0434352 error code is an inconsistency related to the display adapter that is currently active. Several affected users that struggled to resolve the same issue were finally able to fix the problem by using Device Manager to update the active driver to the latest version.
If the error was trigger by a display driver inconsistency, then the procedure below should allow you to avoid the 0xe0434352 error code altogether. Here’s how to update the display adapter driver via Device Manager:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘devmgmt.msc’ and press Enter to open up Device Manager. If you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant administrative privileges.
- Once you manage to get inside Device Manager, expand the drop-down menu associated with Display Adapters. Once you get there, right-click on the active GPU that you’re using when you’re encountering the error and choose Properties from the newly appeared context menu. |
- Now that you’re inside the Properties screen of your GPU, select the driver tab from the horizontal menu at the top, then click on Update driver.
- After you get to the next screen, click on the box associated with Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Wait for the investigation to complete, and follow the installation instructions if a new driver version is identified.
- After the new driver is installed, restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved at the next computer startup.
If you’ve updated your display adapter driver sand the same problem is still occurring,
Method 2: Running the Framework repair tool
As it turns out, this problem can also occur due to some kind of framework corruption that ends up affecting your computer’s ability to launch applications. In most cases, .NET framework versions 4.6.1, 4.6, 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4.0 and 3.5 SP1 are reported as being responsible for the apparition of the 0xe0434352 error.
Several affected users that were also struggling to fix this particular issue have confirmed that they managed to fix the issue indefinitely after they repaired their framework installations using the Framework repair tool.
Here’s a quick guide on running the .NET framework repair tool:
- Visit this link (here) and click on the Download button under Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool.
- From the next screen, check the box associated with NetFxRepairTool.exe, then click next to initiate the download.
- Wait for the download to complete, then double-click on the newly-downloaded executable and click Yes at the UAC (User Account Control) prompt if you’re prompted to do so.
- Inside the Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool (when you get to the first window), check the box associated with I have read and accepted the license terms, then click Next to advance to the next window.
- Wait until the analysis is complete, then click Next at the next window to apply the recommended changes based on the type of .NET issues that you’re having.
- Once the tool has made the necessary changes to your computer, hit Finish to complete the process.
Note: If the utility doesn’t restart your computer automatically, do it manually.
- At the next computer startup, repeat the action that was previously causing the 0xe0434352 error and see if the issue is now resolved.
If you’re still encountering the same problem, move down to the next method below.
Method 3: Performing a CHKDSK scan
Another valid scenario that will end up triggering the 0xe0434352 error is one or more bad sectors on your HDD that might end up affecting the stability of your system when certain actions are performed. If bad sector data is responsible for the problems you’re encountering, chances are your system will continue to trigger this application error until you do something about it.
NOTE: This scenario is only applicable if you’re using a traditional drive (HDD). SDDs will not have this problem.
Some users that were also struggling to resolve the 0xe0434352 error have confirmed that a CHKDSK scan ended up resolving the issue entirely.
Here’s a quick guide on running a CHKDSK scan:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘cmd’ inside the text box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open up an elevated Command Prompt. After you see the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, click Yes to grant administrative privileges.
- Once you manage to get inside the elevated Command prompt, type the following command and press Enter to initiate an offline scan:
- Wait patiently until the process is complete and don’t close the elevated CMD prompt, so you don’t expose your system to other logical errors.
- Once the process is finished, restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved at the next system startup.
If you’re still encountering the same 0xe0434352 error, move down to the next method below.
Achieving a Clean boot state
You should start considering the possibility that you’re dealing with a 3rd party conflict that ends up triggering the 0xe0434352 error. According to affected users, this usually occurs with FPS monitoring apps that include an overlay, but there might be another type of conflict that we haven’t been able to identify.
One surefire way of confirming or excluding this possibility is to achieve a clean boot state where no such conflict is possible. This essentially forces your computer to only start with the necessary Windows processes and services.
In case you boot your computer up in clean boot mode and the issue no longer occurs, you just confirmed that the 0xe0434352 error was occurring to some kind of application conflict. In case this happens, it becomes a matter of identifying the processes responsible for the issue.
Here’s a quick guide on performing a clean boot procedure and identify the 3rd party program that’s causing the 0xe0434352 error:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘msconfig’ and press Enter to open up the System Configuration menu. When you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant administrative privileges.
- Once you manage to get inside the System Configuration window, click on the Services tab from the top of the menu. Then, ensure that the box associated with ‘Hide all Microsoft services‘ is checked. Once you do this, you will have removed all necessary Windows services, so you don’t end up disabling anything essential to the well-functioning of your OS.
- Once you manage to exclude all essential services from the list, click on Disable all button to effectively prevent any kind of 3rd party service from being called into action during the next machine startup.
- Next, select the Startup tab and proceed by clicking on Open Task Manager from the next menu.
- After you manage to get inside the Startup tab of Task Manager, start to systematically select each startup service and then click on the Disable button at the bottom of the screen. This procedure ensures that no startup service will get called into action during the next startup sequence.
- Once you get this far, the clean boot is effectively achieved. All that’s left to do now to take advantage of it is to restart your computer.
- At the next computer startup, take advantage of the clean boot state by repeating the action that was previously triggering the 0xe0434352 error.
- In case the error code window no longer appears, you need to identify your culprit. Then the only way to do this is to systematically re-enable the previously disabled services and processes and couple them with regular restarts until you manage to find the culprit. Once you discover it, leave it disabled to prevent the conflict from ever occurring again.
If the same problem is still occurring, move down to the final potential fix below.
Update the PC’s Windows and Drivers to the Latest Build
If the PC’s Windows is outdated, then its incompatibility with other OS modules or applications modules may result in the error 0xe0434352 as essential application/OS modules fail to execute. In such a case, updating the PC’s Windows and drivers to the latest build may clear the unknown software exception error.
- Click Windows, search and open Check for Updates (System Settings).
- Now, in the right pane of the Update window, click on the Check for Updates button, and if updates are available, download/install the Windows updates.
- Once all the available updates are installed, restart the system, and upon restart, steer to the Windows Update window and open Advanced Options.
- Then select Optional Updates and make sure to install all the optional updates as well.
- Now restart your system and upon restart, check if the application error 0xe0434352 is cleared.
- If not, check if updating the system’s drivers to the latest builds clears the error.
Launch the Problematic Application as Administrator
The problematic application (e.g., Visual Studio) may show the error under discussion if the application is missing administrator privileges and cannot access a protected system resource essential for the application’s operation. In this case, launching or installing the problematic application as an administrator may clear the error. For illustration, we will discuss the process for Visual Studio Code.
- Click Windows and search for the application (like Visual Studio Code).
- Now right-click on the application and select Run as Administrator.
- Now click Yes on the UAC prompt (if shown) and then check if the application launches fine without error 0xe0434352. If the issue was not resolved, follow step 8.
- If the issue was resolved after step 3, close the application and launch the application normally to check if it is operating fine.
- If not, right-click on the application’s shortcut on the system’s desktop and select Properties.
- Now head to its Compatibility tab and checkmark Run This Program as an Administrator.
- Then apply the changes and launch the application from the shortcut.
- Now click Yes on the UAC prompt and check if the software exception issue is resolved.
- If the issue persisted after step 3, head to the Compatibility tab of the application’s Properties window and checkmark Run This Program in Compatibility Mode.
- Now, in the dropdown, select Windows 8 and apply the changes.
- Then open the application and check if it is operating normally.
Install the Latest Dotnet Framework
If the system is missing the latest Dotnet framework, then that may result in the error at hand as it is essential for many modern-era applications to use the latest Dotnet framework to execute properly. Here, installing the latest Dotnet framework may solve the problem.
- Launch a web browser and head to the dotnet framework download page of the Microsoft website.
- Now download the latest Dotnet framework (currently 4.8) and install it as administrator.
- Once installed, restart your system, and upon restart, launch the problematic application to check if it is clear of the error.
Change the Keyboard Language of the System
The software exception issue might occur if the current language of the system is not supported by the problematic application, due to which the application is failing to load its modules to the system memory. In this case, changing the keyboard language may clear the issue.
- Click on the Language in the system tray and select Manage Keyboard Settings.
- Now click on Add a Language and search for another language (like English Australia) that you can understand.
- Then select the desired language, click Next, and afterward, set the newly added language as the Windows Display Language.
- Now remove the older display language of the system and restart the system.
- Upon restart, check if the application or system is clear of the 0xe0434352.
Try Another Browser
If a browser is crashing with the error 0xe0434352 when loading some particular websites, then either any of the browser’s extensions or the browser itself is not compatible with those websites. Here, trying another browser may clear the error.
- Download and install another browser on the system (if already not installed on the system).
- Now check if the problematic websites are loading fine in the browser. If so, then check the extension/addon of the problematic browser for incompatibility with the problematic websites.
Performa SFC and DISM Scans of the System
You may encounter the error 0xe0434352 if the essential system files are corrupt and due to this corruption, the application is failing to load its essential components. Here, performing SFC and DISM scans may clear the files’ corruption, thus solving the error.
- Perform an SFC scan of the system (it may take some time to complete, so a user may try it overnight) and then check if the system is clear of the error 0xe0434352.
- If not, check if performing a DISM scan of the system clears the unknown software exception error but during the process make sure to execute the following in an elevated Command Prompt:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
- If that fails, check if any of the Scheduled Tasks (like a Logger) is not causing the error.
Reinstall the System’s Graphics Driver
If the system’s graphics driver is corrupt, then it may result in the unknown software exception error as it may have become incompatible with the OS or application. In this scenario, reinstalling the system’s graphics driver may clear the error 0xe0434352.
- Firstly, download the latest graphics driver from the OEM website.
- Now right-click on Windows and select Device Manager.
- Then expand the tab of the Display Adapters and right-click on the graphics driver.
- Now select Uninstall Device and in the new window shown, checkmark Attempt to Remove the Driver of This Device.
- Then click on Uninstall and wait till the graphics driver is uninstalled.
- Now restart the system and upon restart, let the Windows install a generic graphics driver (if it does) and then check if the system is clear of the 0xe0434352 error.
- If not, check if installing the latest OEM driver as an administrator (downloaded earlier) clears the unknown software exception error.
- If that fails, check if reinstalling the wireless card driver solves the problem.
Reinstall the Problematic Application
The problematic application may show the error 0xe0434352 if the application’s installation is corrupt and due to this corruption, the application fails to call essential application/OS modules/resources. In this context, reinstalling the problematic application may resolve the issue. For illustration, we will discuss the process of reinstalling Visual Studio Code.
- Right-click Windows and open Apps & Features.
- Now expand the Microsoft Visual Studio Code options and select Uninstall.
- Then confirm to uninstall Visual Studio and follow the prompts to uninstall Visual Studio Code.
- Once the application is uninstalled, restart your PC, and upon restart, reinstall Visual Studio as an administrator to check if it is clear of the error.
Change the KernelBase.dll File’s Permissions and Replace it
Many of the users saw the 0xe0434352 error with the KernelBase.dll file when installing or launching an application. This might occur if the KernelBase.dll file is essential for the application’s operation but the application could not access the file due to permission issues or the file’s corruption. Here, changing the permissions of the KernelBase.dll file and replacing the file (from another working system) may clear the problem.
- Copy the KernelBase.dll file from another system (make sure the source is a safe one) from any of the following locations (same Windows version):
For 64-bit OS C:\Windows\SysWOW64 For 32-bit OS C:\Windows\System32
- Now, on the problematic system, head to any of the following locations (as per the OS architecture) and find the KernelBase.dll file.
For 64-bit OS C:\Windows\SysWOW64 For 32-bit OS C:\Windows\System32
- Now, right-click on KernelBase.dll and select Properties.
- Then switch to the Security tab and click on the Advanced button.
- Now, in front of Owner, click on Change, and in the Object Name field, type Everyone.
- Then click on the Check Names button and afterward, click on OK.
- Now checkmark Replace Owner on Sub Containers and Objects.
- Then switch to the Auditing tab and click on Add.
- Now click on the Select a Principal link and add Everyone.
- Then checkmark Full Control and click on OK.
- Now switch to the Effective Access tab and click on the Select a User link.
- Then add Everyone and make sure to checkmark Full Control.
- Now apply the changes and wait till the permissions are applied.
- Then again head to the Advanced section of the Security tab of the Properties window of the KernelBase.dll file.
- Now click on Edit and if asked to, make sure to click on Change Permission.
- Then, in the Object Name field, add Everyone and apply the changes.
- Now, make sure to checkmark Full Control and then close the Properties window.
- Then paste the file copied from the other computer and repeat steps 3 to 17 to the newly pasted KernelBase.dll file.
- Now, check if the problematic application can be installed or launched without error 0xe0434352.
Create a New Windows User Profile
A user may encounter an unknown software exception with error 0xe0434352 if his user profile is corrupt due to which essential applications or OS modules may fail to load in time. Here, creating a new Windows user profile may clear the error.
- Create a new administrator user on the system and log out of the current user profile.
- Now log into the newly created profile and hopefully, the system will clear the error 0xe0434352. If so, then a user may perform the tedious task of transferring all data to the newly created account.
Refresh every OS component
If none of the methods below have allowed you to resolve the issue, chances are you’re dealing with some type of system corruption issue that cannot be resolved conventionally. If this scenario is applicable, you will only be able to resolve the issue by resetting every WIndows component including booting-related processes.
When it comes to doing this, you have two ways forward:
- Repair installing (in-place repair) – This is a fairly long process that will require you to possess an installation media that’s compatible with the Windows version that you’re using. But the major advantage is that you will be allowed to keep the vast majority of data including applications, games, personal media, and even some user preferences.
- Clean installing – This is the quick and efficient approach, but the major disadvantage is that you’ll lose every bit of personal data that’s stored on your Windows drive (if you don’t back up the data in advance).
Feel free to follow whichever approach applies to what you’re looking to achieve.