Diagnosing STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_FORMAT (C000007B) Errors

The Symptom There are instances where you may encounter an error message that says something like, “The application was unable to start correctly” with an error code of C000007B.  There are other error codes where you may see that message, but I’m only going to focus on the STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_FORMAT C000007B here.  In fact, there are more…

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Troubleshooting "Not a valid win32 Application" error at the startup.

Recently, we came across a very interesting issue. A purely native application written in C++ was failing with “Not a valid win32 application” error at the startup on Windows XP machine.   There are a few basic checks that we do to troubleshoot this error. We did the following checks: 1)      Checked if all the modules…

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