The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005):Google chrome

Google chrome‘s application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005) error have some temporary fixes.Google chrome (chrome.exe) did not work for me initially, and I got the Google chrome error

“The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005).Click on OK to terminate the application.”

I was disappointed and doing a search revealed that several people were reporting the same problem on various windows platforms including windows vista SP1, windows XP3 or windows XP2.So the error seem to have been triggered in different versions of windows vista and windows XP platforms and it is not specific to any one of them.Also, the bug was reportedly caused by “Symantec Endpoint Protection“, though in my case, I was not using any symantec product.

If you faced “The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005).Click on OK to terminate the application.” error with google chrome (chrome.exe) and you are using symantec, then you could try the following steps:

  • Back up the registry on an affected system
  • Open the registry on the Agent system by entering regedit from a run prompt
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SysPlant
  • Open the Start DWORD
  • Change the value to 4 to disable the drivers
  • Reboot the system to commit the changes

The above registry solution to fix the Google chrome error was issued in symantec forums.

The other easier solution is to run Google Chrome with --no-sandbox (with two dashes before “no”). To run it with the above option, edit the property of the shortcut you use to launch Google chrome and add the above option at the end of the “target” line (after the path to the chrome exe) i.e. Right click your shortcut to “Google Chrome” and click Properties. In the target text field, add a space then add --no-sandbox (with two dashes before “no”) right after the ending quotation mark. Run using this shortcut.However make sure that there is a space in between the ending quotation mark and the --no-sandbox option that you add.You could find a shortcut to google chrome on your desktop.Also note that you should use two dashes before “no”.See the pic. below.


You are in effect loosing the sandbox effect of Google Chrome.

What is sand-boxing in Google chrome?

Sandboxing is a special feature in Google chrome, to prevent malware from installing itself onto computer/PC.It also prevents what happens in one tab from affecting the other tabs i.e each tab runs as a separate process and for each of these processes, all the rights have been stripped.

processes sandboxed in google chrome

Hence, each of these processes are isolated and the websites/web applications you run via these processes can compute but they cannot write files to your hard drive or read files from sensitive areas like your documents or desktop.

From the above, it is clear that sandboxing has lots of goodness and one would not like to loose this feature of google chrome. However note that sandboxing is only an additional security feature in google.

Update: If you are facing crashes with Google chrome, it might be due to winhttp.dll. Read here how to resolve Google chrome crashes due to winhttp.dll

40 comments on “The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005):Google chrome

  1. Probabily you’re using Sygate 😉

  2. You are a rockstar mate! Changing registry solved the problem. Thanks a ton.

  3. This is really gr8 and easy…many thanks!!!
    Changing registry solved the problem.


  4. Yap, this works for me, thank you vry much

  5. thanks mate 🙂 changed shortcut and it worked GREAT!!!!!!

  6. Thanks mate… it worked with the sandboxing of google chrome shortcut…thanks once again…

  7. Thnks man ……… worked….nice to now abt these steps.

  8. thank you vry much……

  9. Universal shortcut:

    “%USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” –no-sandbox

    works on any windows PC!

  10. But after doing above the mail sites like, etc i.e. sites requiring username & password does not open do anyone has a solution for that too

  11. I appreciate posting this article. I had exactly the same issue since Google released Chrome, and I haven’t been able to run it until today. I have Symantec Endpoint installed, and I couldn’t find information that was causing it until I read this article.

  12. Great, it worked, thank you very much:)

  13. The registry solution worked for me like a charm.
    I am using WinXP SP2 and have Symantec Endpoint installed
    No problems with the machine afterwards (do shut-down and then restart)

  14. I was running into this problem and did not have any symantec software installed.
    Creating the –no-sandbox shortcut fixed the problem if I were opening Chrome from that shortcut to use it. But I have a few different programs that open a page in the default browser and do not access it using the shortcut. So this obviously meant that any pages these programs pulled up would still generate the error.
    I dug around in the registry and found out after trying a few different tweaks that there is a simple change that will make all chrome windows open in “no sandbox” mode. If people are happy with having to go without sandbox for now until Google can fix it, then this is a much heavier fix to make sure all Chrome windows that open will not get the error.

    In the registry you will need to use Find and locate a string listed as:
    “C:Documents and SettingsjwallerLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” — “%1”
    There will be many of them, so once you find the first one, double click on that string and replace it with:
    “C:Documents and SettingsjwallerLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” –no-sandbox — “%1”

    Just hit f3 to find the next one in the list and continue replacing them all with the –no-sandbox string.
    This will add the no sandbox rule to all Chrome windows no matter how they are being opened. Hope this helps.

  15. yes yes man it worked thank u very much

  16. hey u really solved my gr8 problem with chrome.thanks

  17. Thx a lot for this trick. It works for me 😉

  18. Omg thank you so much. My Chrome works again!

  19. Thank you so much. It does work. 🙂

  20. FIXED!!!!

    thanks for posting the solution

  21. I’m using Symantec Endpoint Protection and I can confirm that adding –no-sandbox to my Chrome shortcut worked around the problem on my Windows 2003 Server box. Thanks!

  22. Thank you I just reinstalled from a virus and thought it was another virus problem. It’s funny because my older computer run chrome perfectly but the new computer I’m on gives the error. Thanks for the registry hack too.


  24. Thanks a lot ! The sandbox thing worked in My Xp sp 3 Viena edition ! Cheers to u !
    Will this allow any malware to install in the system here after ?

  25. Thanks for the tip!! Yes, I have the Symantec anti-virus installed and am not allowed to fiddle with it, so this workaround really helped.

  26. hai really it is working after adding –no-sandbox this to my short cut really thanks guys

  27. I had the same problem, fixed it.

    1. Open Symantec Endpoint Protection
    2. Click on options under Network Threat Protection
    3. Select Configure Firewall rule.
    4. Add new rule to unblock, by selecting google chrome under applications tab.

    I don’t know whether it is secure to do this. But works.

  28. another thing i found on vista. if you get this error right click on google chrome icon and run it as administrator.

  29. its works great!!! thanks!

  30. i just add no sandbox in the shortcut and i can now browse without problem.

    thanks a lot.

  31. Heyy it worked well!!!!!!!
    Thanx a lot for all respective ppl who gave the sandbox solution.
    Good Bye Safari!!!!!!!!

  32. Thanks ,

    Its working with adding –no-sandbox in shortcut.

  33. why did google or symantec not fixed it????
    I linked your post on my blog!

  34. Thanks!! It worked well for me!!

  35. Thanks for the ‘no sandbox’ tip – worked a treat 🙂

  36. Superb.

    Dude i never thought there will b someone so easily available to fix my problem.

    plz add to keep a space before –no-sandbox.

    good job.

  37. No sandbox worked like a charm-thanks!

  38. thank u very much 😀 Sandbox trick work like 😀 champ lol

  39. thank u soooooooo much……..

  40. The –no-sandbox command worked for me as well. I thought it happens due to a bad or corrupt registry but I was wrong. I even reformatted my PC due to this thinking it is a virus problem. But this command saved my day.

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