Some Windows 10 users report that they see error 0xc00000fd after a Windows update crash or after an unexpected game app crash. Most users see this error when upgrading from build level 1803 to a newer version.
It turns out that the vast majority of cases that cause fatal application crashes with error 0xc00000fd are caused by inconsistencies in the way your system supports hardware acceleration. If you’re having this problem with an older game, try running the executable in compatibility mode.
You can also try forcing the game’s executable to run without hardware acceleration, either by changing the shortcut settings directly, or by changing the launch settings in Steam.
Change the launch settings in Steam
- Open Steam and log in to the account whose library contains the game that caused the 0xc00000fd error.
- After successfully logging into Steam, click “Library” at the top of the ribbon, then right-click the game that is causing the problem and select “Properties” from the context menu that appears.
- If you are in the properties menu of the problem game, select the “General” tab at the top of the horizontal menu and click “Set Launch Options.
- On the “Launch Options” screen, enter the following command in the text box: (Remember to put hyphens.)
- -cefNoGPU -cefNoBlacklist
- After setting these new boot options, run the game directly from Steam and see if the game crashes with the same 0xc00000fd error.
Restore Windows 10 to some point before the update
- On the toolbar, click the Cortana search box -> type restore.
- At the top of the list, select the first option called “Restore Settings”.
- A new window with system properties will open.
- On the “System Protection” tab, click the “System Restore” button.
- Follow the instructions on the screen and select the last restore point before the upgrade.
- Reboot your computer and see if the problem is resolved.
Use PowerShell and Taskkill commands
- Press Win + X -> select PowerShell (Admin).
- In the PowerShell window -> type one of the following commands and press Enter after each command:
- taskkill / f / fi “SERVICES eq wuauserv”
- net stop cryptSvc; net stop bits
- net stop msiserver.
- Ren C: \ Windows \ SoftwareDistribution.
- rmdir C: \ Windows \ SoftwareDistribution \ DataStore
- C: \ Windows \ SoftwareDistribution \ Download
- When the process completes -> press enter -> restart your computer.
Run a registry scan, antivirus software, drivers and troubleshooters.
If the program you are trying to run has a corrupt or missing file, you can open several tools to find the file that might be causing the problem and try to fix it.
Run the following troubleshooting tools:
- Windows Registry Repair Tool (this particular tool can take a long time)
- Windows Update Center troubleshooter
- Windows driver updates
- Antivirus software or Microsoft Security Essentials
- After running each of these tools, restart your computer so that the necessary changes can be applied to your system.
If the methods described above didn’t resolve error code 0xc00000fd on your device, or if you don’t have the confidence and knowledge to perform these steps yourself, contact a Windows repairman to help you solve the problem.