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.
Method 4: Achieving a Clean boot state
If none of the methods below have allowed you to resolve the issue, 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.
Method 5: Refreshing 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.