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Initialization of the dynamic link library...

STOP: 0xC0000142


This can occur in NT after an upgrade if a system file is damaged - either User32.dll or Gdi32.dll

This is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is likely lost.

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A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

Initialization of the dynamic link library file failed. The process is terminating abnormally.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0xC0000142

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.

Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further

Text may appear differently depending on where the error occurs.
Additional technical information (hex values) specific to a machine are not shown.
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  Initialization of the dynamic link library file failed. The process is terminating abnormally. 

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  NT, 2000

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Fix Damaged DLL
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Replace the damaged NT dll file from the installation CD/DVD (be sure the installation CD is the same service pack as your installed copy). (Microsoft article 245137).
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Posted: 16-Jul-2008
Restore From Backup or Image
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If you know the hardware is good and you have a current backup or image of the drive, you could reformat the hard drive and start over. This is often the last resort when all else fails, as you will often lose your latest settings and important data. If you have a spare drive, it may be worth it to install the drive in place of the first drive and do a fresh install of Windows. This will help confirm if this is a hardware or software issue (unless the original system drive is the source of the problem).
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Posted: 5-Oct-2008

Also see our list of common Fatal Error Solutions.

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