Esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142

How To Easily Fix Esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142 In Windows 10

The Esrv.exe process is a part of Intel software included with the Intel Driver Update utility. The process should not normally cause problems, however, many users have reported that they have encountered an esrv.exe Application Error, which states that the application was unable to start correctly and advises that users "Click OK to close the application". In many cases, closing the application does not help and the error continues to pop-up up regardless.

Intel Driver Update utility is now known as Intel Driver & Support. Its main purpose is to deliver the latest drivers available from the Intel corporation. As you may be aware, the utility is not part of the Windows operating system, however, it is important third-party software. Despite this, Windows Update is also capable of updating popular device drivers and, therefore, the Intel Driver Update utility might not necessary for this purpose.

To fix the esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142, you might need to update the Intel Driver Update utility (Intel Driver & Support) or simply uninstall or reinstall it. Read the guide below for possible solutions to this problem.

Esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142

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Update Intel Driver Utility (Intel Driver & Support Assistant)

As mentioned, Intel Driver Utility has changed to Intel Driver & Support Assistant. If you are still using the older version, we recommend that you visit the Intel website and download the new Intel Driver & Support Assistant software. You should see a message stating that a newer version of the Intel Driver & Support Assistant is require and that you must upgrade to the latest version to continue. Click the "Download" button and install it. Check if you still receive the esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142.


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Uninstall Intel Driver Utility (Intel Driver & Support Assistant)

If you still have problems with the esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142, uninstall the Intel Driver & Support Assistant from your Windows computer. Open the Run dialog box (by pressing Windows key + R), or by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting "Run" from the contextual menu.

uninstall intel driver utility step 1

Type the "appwiz.cpl" command. Press Enter or click "OK" to execute it.

uninstall intel driver utility step 2

In the Programs and Features window, locate the Intel Driver Utility (Intel Driver & Support Assistant) program and uninstall it by right-clicking on it and choosing "Uninstall" from the drop-down menu.

uninstall intel driver utility step 3

The problem should now be fixed. You can also try to reinstall the Intel Driver Utility (Intel Driver & Support Assistant) by uninstalling it and then downloading it again. If, however, the error starts to occur again, we recommend you to keep it uninstalled.

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Scan your System for Malware

We recommend that you scan the system for malware to make sure that this error is not malware-related. It is also possible that there is a virus or malware infection, which is preventing the Intel software from working properly and causing the esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142. If this is the case, scan the system using antivirus software. You can use Windows Defender (a built-in antivirus program), which protects computers against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Alternatively, run other reputable third-party antivirus software if you have this installed. To run a full system scan using Windows Defender, type "virus" in Search and click on the "Virus & threat protection" result.

scan your system for malware step 1

In the Virus & threat protection window, find and click the "Run a new advanced scan" option.

scan your system for malware step 2

You will see three options: Full, Custom, and Windows Defender Offline scans. We recommend that you choose "Full scan", which will check all files and running programs on the hard disk. This will take some time, usually over an hour to complete. To start a Full scan, click "Scan now" when the "Full scan" option is selected.

scan your system for malware step 3

If you have third-party antivirus software installed, you can use this as an alternative to Windows Defender. You can also choose a virus and malware scanner from our Top anti-malware list. The list contains well-known top spyware removers and will help you choose the right software for your computer protection. You can find the list at this link

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Check for Windows Updates

To make sure that all Intel drivers are updated, we recommend that you to check for Windows updates. The latest driver updates are delivered with Windows updates. To check for Windows Updates, type "check for updates" in Search and click the "Check for updates" result.

check for windows updates step 1

You should be automatically directed to the Windows Update section. Click "Check for updates". Windows will start checking for updates. If there are updates available, install them.

check for windows updates step 2

Another way to keep your drivers updated is to use third-party software designed to automatically update any outdated drivers. We recommend Snappy Driver Installer, a powerful free driver update tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in 'driverpacks', which are simply collections (packs) of drivers for hardware such as sound devices, video cards, network adapters, etc. It can also show duplicate drivers, invalid drivers, and separates the updates that require you to restart your computer (making it easier to distinguish). You can download Snappy Driver Installer here.

We hope that this guide helped you to fix the esrv.exe Application Error 0xc0000142. If you know of other solutions to this problem not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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