0x0 error code is a generic message that indicates that Windows has encountered an unspecified error condition. Several factors can cause this error, including:
- Invalid entry in the Windows registry.
- Incorrectly installing software
- Malware on your system
- The device was shut down incorrectly because of a power outage.
This guide will show you possible fixes to solve the 0x0 error code on Windows.
Perform Disk Cleanup
When you use your computer for a long time, temporary files are created on your disk. Over time, these temporary files can accumulate and take up a lot of space on your drive. These can lead to the “Error Code: 0x0 0x0” error.
To prevent this from happening, you should regularly clean up unnecessary files.
- Open the Sart menu and type in “Disk Cleanup.”
- Select the drive on which Windows is installed and click OK.
- A new window will show you all the files you can delete. Click Clean up system files.
- Again, choose the drive on which Windows is installed and click OK.
- A list of additional files that you can delete will now appear. Each file type has a brief description. Select the files you want to delete. Click OK when you’re done, and then restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Run a DISM scan
“Deployment image and servicing management” (DISM) is a Windows function that can help you fix corrupted files.
- Click Windows + R to open the Run dialogue box. In the text field, type “cmd” and click OK to open Command Prompt.
- Type the following command and hit Enter:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /checkhealth
- Then, type the following command and hit Enter:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Restart your computer and see if “Error Code: 0x0” has been fixed.
Run a SFC scan
Like DISM, System File Checker (SFC) is a utility you can use to repair corrupted files on your computer.
- Open Command Prompt.
- Type the following command and hit Enter:
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Close all programs
When trying to open a program, you may encounter the “Error Code: 0x0 0x0” error. This usually happens because another program uses the same file that the program you’re trying to open needs. In this case, you should close all programs and try again.
- Click Windows + R to open the Run dialog box. Type “MSConfig” and press Enter.
- In the System Configuration window, click on the Services tab. Here, click Hide all Microsoft services, then click Disable all.
- Click OK and try to open the program that gave you the error.
- If the program opens without any issues, one of the disabled programs is likely causing the error.
To find out which program it is, you will need to enable the programs individually and try to open the program after each enable.
Update to the latest Windows version
If you don’t have the latest Windows version installed on your computer, this can lead to problems such as the “0x0” error.
- Go to Start > Settings.
- Press Windows Update.
- If there are any available updates, click Download & install.
Reinstall graphics driver
Graphics drivers play an essential role in the overall performance of your computer. Over time, these drivers can become outdated or corrupted, leading to problems such as the 0x0 error. To fix this, you need to reinstall your graphics drivers.
- Right-click This PC and select Manage.
- Click Device Manager on the left side.
- Double-click Display adapters to expand it.
- Right-click your graphics card and select Uninstall device.
- Click the Uninstall button to confirm.
- Restart your computer. After your computer restarts, Windows will automatically install the latest drivers for your graphics card.
Warning: Sometimes, Windows doesn’t download the latest drives, so you must install them manually. To do this, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest graphic drivers. Once the download is complete, install the drivers and restart your computer.
Perform a malware scan of your computer
If your computer is infected with malware, it affects the overall performance of your computer and can also lead to the “Error Code: 0x0 0x0” error.
You should perform a complete malware scan of your computer to remove any infection. I recommend using Malwarebytes.
Change your System’s RAM
If the previous software solutions didn’t work, a hardware issue could be causing the error. For example, a faulty RAM stick is a common hardware issue that can lead to the “Error Code: 0x0 0x0”.
If you have multiple RAM sticks, take one out and see if the problem persists. If you’re no longer getting the error, the RAM stick might be faulty and needs replacing.
Reset your PC
Resetting your PC must be your final resort if all the other methods have failed. This will reset all your PC settings, so back up your data before proceeding.
Here is a complete guide on how to reset your Windows PC.
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