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STEPHEN SILVERMAN asked on February 21, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Dwm.exe Unable To Start Correctly 0xc0000185

» I get the following when I start the computer and land at the desktop in Windows 7:dwm.exe -application error. The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000185). Click OK to close the application. My computer now runs very slowly. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the video card. did not help.

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» "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000185). Click OK to close the application." When starting up the computer or launching a certain program, the users will get the above annoying dwm.exe application error message and fail to continue the job properly. But what the hell is the dwm.exe file and how can you fix dwm.exe error on your own?

Dwm.exe is a process belonging to the Desktop Window Manager and is responsible for the graphical effects in Microsoft Windows Vista operating system such as 3D effects, live windows previews and windows transperancies. But the Aero interface in Windows Vista can be quite taxing on system performance on certain computers and you can turn it off or reduce the screen resolution to increase computer performance. If there is a problem with the dwm.exe file on your PC, it may run incorrectly by showing you frequent error messages.

Dwm.exe application error can be generated by several system problems: Missing or corrupt .dll files; Exe processes inability; Damaged or incorrect version of dwm.exe application error; System shutdown without notification; Annoying hardware malfunction; High CPU usage; Missing or corrupt driver file; Driver update failure.

The problem may be caused due to corruption of the file, or a virus attack(Exploit:Java/CVE-2008-5353). So to solve this dwm.exe problem, what you can do first is fully scan your computer with a trusted antivirus antispyware program and remove all threats. Secondly, you can try restoring your system to a previous state if you have ever made a restore point before. But by using this approach, this will get rid of some of your files, programs that installed after the restore points.If you are sure the file is deleted from the computer, directly download a new dwm.exe file. You can find any file from the internet for free, but not all of them are secure and effective. First, you should find a reliable download website or you can get dwm.exe file from other computer. Later, scan it with security program. Last, install it to the correct folder.

All these things can be done well with the help of DLL Suite, which is a professional and easy to operate software specially designed for this situation.

CARMEN KUEFLER replied on February 26, 2013

All Answers:

  1. EDDIE PERRY replied on February 21, 2013: » Start your computer in a clean boot state and perform System File Checker (SFC) scan. Make sure, that the service "TrustedInstaller" is running.

  2. STEPHEN SILVERMAN replied on February 21, 2013: » I tired this at at 11% it stops with the message Windows Resource Protection could not preform the requested operation. I was also running trustedinstaller at the time too.

  3. RICK BROWN replied on February 21, 2013: » Ok, there are too many broken files. Make an InPlace upgrade to repair your Windows:

  4. UGUR GOELGESIZDAL replied on February 22, 2013: » dwm.exe is the Desktop Windows Manager. It helps provide thumbnaill, aero effect, etc on the desktop. It sounds like this file might have become damaged or corrupt. I think I'd first do a full scan with your anti-virus suite to make sure this isn't a malware issue. I'd do a second on-demand scan with Malwarebytes and ESET Online Scanner.

    If the dwm error just recently started you could try restoring your computer to an earlier date/time with System Restore.

  5. MARK BAYKIAN replied on February 25, 2013间: » The outdated Graphics Card Drivers would affect many performances on the computer, which including disabling the dwm.exe process. So to fix dwm.exe error, you can try to upgrade your Graphics Card Drivers to the newest version.

    1. Go to the official site of the driver, find out the download resource of the driver with the newest version 2. Download and save the driver which is compatible with your computer

    Or 1. Click to open the Start menu, and click on Search
    2. Type "Device Manager" in the search box, and press Enter
    3. Expand your computer name, and Display Adapter.
    4. Right click on it, and choose the Update option.

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