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(FIXED) Exception Access Violation Error on Windows 10

The Exception Access Violation Error appears in Windows 10 when you run an app or when you boot the system. Normally, when the system boots and launches apps set to run at startup, one of them triggers this error. As a result, the app will not run or your system may become unstable.

Access Violation at Address

Exception_Access_Violation Error on Windows 10

The Exception Access Violation Error is caused by one of the following;

  • Problem handling memory by an app
  • Problems with RAM 
  • Hardware problems

How to Fix Access Violation at Address … 

Hardware problems are the rarest cause of the Exception Access Violation error but should not be ruled out. If, after exhausting all the fixes listed here, you continue to see the Exception Access Violation error, have your system’s hardware checked for damage, particularly the RAM.

1. Add Data Execution Prevention exception for app

If you get the Exception Access Violation error each time you open a particular app, you can add an exception to it to prevent the error from showing up. It won’t resolve the problem but you will be able to launch the app.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Paste this in the location bar: explorer shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE} and tap Enter.
  3. In the column on the left, click Advanced System Settings.
  4. Go to the Advanced tab.
  5. Click the Settings button in the Performance section.
  6. Go to the Data Execution Prevention tab.
  7. Select Turn on DEP for all programs except those I select.
  8. Click the Add button at the bottom.
  9. Select the EXE of the app that causes the error.
  10. Click Apply and then launch the app.

2. Turn off User Account Control

You can turn off user account control and it will hide the error however, you should only do so when you need to run the app. User Account Control should not be disabled permanently. 

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to User Accounts>User Accounts.
  3. Click Change user account control settings.
  4. Drag the slider to the bottom and click Apply.
  5. Run the app now and the error message will not appear.

3. Create options.ini file for the app

You can create a settings file that may be able to resolve the error for the app. This solution applies to games and not other apps that may show the error.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Paste this %AppData% in the location bar and tap Enter.
  3. Open the folder for the game that is triggering the error.
  4. Right-click in an empty area and select New>Text Document.
  5. Rename it to: options.ini (change the extension when prompted to).
  6. Open the file and paste the following in it:
AudioLOD = Low
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = VeryLow
Resolution = 800 600
StaticGameLOD = VeryLow
TimesInGame = 1
  1. Save the changes and open the  game.

4. Check file attributes

The Exception Access Violation error may be caused by a particular file. You’ll know because the error message will tell you as much. If the error message is accompanied by a file name, check the file’s attributes.

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the file.
  2. Right-click the file and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Uncheck Read-only.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Run the app. 

5. Run app in compatibility mode

If you’ve recently updated Window 10, or the app itself has updated, the update may be the reason you’re seeing the problem. Try running the app in compatibility mode and the error might go away.

  1. Create a shortcut for the app you’re trying to open.
  2. Right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Select ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’
  5. Open the dropdown and select Windows 7 or 8 (you will need to experiment a little here).
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Use the shortcut to open the app.

6. Uninstall and reinstall the app

It’s possible the app has been corrupted. This may happen if the app has been updated and the update is buggy or it may happen if your system didn’t shut down properly. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app is an easy way to fix it.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the app you’re trying to open and click the Uninstall button.
  4. Once the app has been uninstalled, download and install it again.

7. Run hardware troubleshooter

This error may be caused by hardware problems. Some hardware problems can be fixed, or identified by the Windows 10 hardware troubleshooter.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic and tap the Enter key.
  3. Run the troubleshooter and apply all fixes that it recommends.

8. Disconnect and reconnect peripheral devices

It’s possible that one of the peripheral devices you’ve connected to the system, particularly Bluetooth devices, is causing the Exception Access Violation error. Disconnect them and connect them again.

9. Check for hardware problems

If at this point your problem still isn’t resolved, you should have the hardware checked for errors. Stress test the RAM and then have the system examined physically for damage or loose wires. If you don’t know how to check it for hardware damage, take it in for repairs.

Conclusion

The Exception Access Violation error will block an app from running. It may or may not point you to which file is causing the error but the above fixes should provide a solution to the problem. 

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