Fix Bad Image Error on Windows 10 – 2020 Guide

If you run into the bad image error when trying to run a program, chances are that certain supporting modules of the program are corrupt, or one of your system files is conflicting with the program. But no worries. Try the solutions below.

Fixes to try:

  1. Run System File Checker
  2. Reinstall the problematic program
  3. Uninstall the Defective Windows update

Fix 1 – Run System File Checker

This issue may happen when certain system files are missing or corrupt. In this case, try running System File Checker to check the system for any corruption. Follow the instruction below:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key, type command prompt, then select Run as Administrator. (If Windows prompts for permission, click OK to continue.)
  2. Type SFC /Scannow on the prompt, and then press Enter.
  3. Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, and then press Enter.
  4. Run the affected program to test the issue after the verification is complete.

If the Bad Image error happens again, then move on and try the next fix.

Fix 2 – Reinstall the problematic program

You might run into the bad image error due to corrupt modules of that program. To see if that’s the problem for you, try reinstalling the program. Here’s how:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and click OK
  3. Right-click the problematic program and click Uninstall.
  4. Reinstall the program on your computer to test the issue.

If the error persists, try the next fix below.

Fix 3 – Uninstall the defective Windows update

This error generally occurs after installing Windows updates. If that’s the case for you and you know which update is causing the issue, try manually uninstalling it. Follow the instructions below:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and click OK
  3. Click View installed Updates.
  4. Right-click the defective update and select Uninstall.

Hopefully, one of the solutions above helped in resolving the error. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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