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Bad image error: file is not designed to run on Windows

The error message above can specify many different DLL files. Users can’t run and utilize software the Bad Image DLL error arises for.

To resolve the issue using maintenance software can help, but there are other options described below.

How can I fix the Bad image error?

1. Fix the issue with system maintenance software

Some third-party system maintenance software might fix the Bad Image DLL issue.

There are different forms of system maintenance software, but some include repair tools that can fix a wide variety of PC issues.

A system repair utility that can repair corrupted DLLs will likely resolve the Bad Image error.

Restoro repair

Restoro is a reliable third-party DLL fixer, using automated systems and a full online library offully functional DLLs to replace and repair the the ones that are damaged on your PC.

All you need to do to run it is launch it, and then follow the on-screen instructions, sinceeverything else is pretty much automated.

This is how you can fix registry errors using Restoro:

  1. Download and install Restoro.
  2. Launch Restoro.
  3. Wait for it to find any system stability issues and possible malware infections.
  4. Press Start Repair.
  5. Restart your PC for all the changes to take effect.

Your PC should now work perfectly fine, and you will no longer have to worry about slow response times, BSoD errors, or anything of the sort.

Get Restoro

Disclaimer: This program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.

2. Run a System File Checker scan

  1. Press the Windows and S keys at the same time to open the Type here to search utility.
  2. Input the keyword Command Prompt in the search box.
  3. Click Run as administrator for Command Prompt on the right of the search utility in Windows 10.
  4. First, type this command in the Prompt’s window and hit Enter: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  5. When the Deployment Image Servicing scan is complete, type in this SFC command: sfc /scannow
  6. Press the Enter key to start the system file scan.
    The sfc command bad image error
  7. Wait for the scan to reach 100 percent verification.
  8. Then restart your desktop or laptop if the scan reports that Windows Resource Protection fixed system files.

3. Uninstall recent Windows updates

  1. Press the Windows and I hotkey for the Settings app.
  2. Click Update & Security to open the Check for updates button.
    The Check for updates option bad image error
  3. Select the View update history button.
  4. Then click Uninstall updates to open the Control Panel window shown directly below.
    Installed Updates window bad image error
  5. Select the most recently installed patch update.
  6. Click Uninstall to remove it.
  7. To forestall the deleted patch update reinstalling, check out Microsoft’s Show or Hide Updates Troubleshooter. Our How to block Windows driver updates guide provides further details for that utility.

Get Show or Hide Updates Troubleshooter

Run a System Scan to discover potential errors

Restoro Scan

Click Start Scan to find Windows issues.

Restoro Fix

Click Repair All to fix issues with Patented Technologies.

Run a PC Scan with Restoro Repair Tool to find errors causing security problems and slowdowns. After the scan is complete, the repair process will replace damaged files with fresh Windows files and components.

Note: This resolution is for fixing the Bad Image error when it arises after recent Windows updates. If the Bad Image DLL issue arises when your PC has just received updates, then a defective update might be the culprit.

4. Reinstall software the Bad Image error arises for

  1. First, launch the Run accessory with the Windows + R keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click the OK button after entering this Run command: appwiz.cpl
  3. Next, select the software the Bad Image error occurs for within the Programs and Features window.
    The Programs and Features applet bad image error
  4. Click the Uninstall option (and Yes on confirmation prompts).
  5. Restart your PC when you’ve removed the software.
  6. Then reinstall the software with its installation media, or download the installer for its latest version from the publisher’s website.

You can uninstall software and more thoroughly remove leftovers with third-party uninstaller utilities.

Get IOBit Uninstaller

5. Roll back Windows

  1. Open the Run accessory window.
  2. Input this run command for System Restore in the Open box: rstrui
  3. Click OK to launch System Restore.
  4. Select the Choose a different restore point option if there’s a recommended restore point.
  5. Select the Next option to continue.
  6. To see a full list of restore points, click the Show more restore points check box.
    The System Restore window bad image error
  7. Now choose a restore point that predates the Bad Image issue on your PC. If you’re not sure what date to choose, select the oldest restore point you can.
  8. Press the Next button to proceed to restore point confirmation.
  9. Click Finish to confirm your selected restore point and initiate the Windows restoration process.

Note: Rolling back Windows deletes software installed after selected restore point dates. To check what software gets deleted for a restore point, click the Scan for affected programs button.

This post was written by Matthew Adams and was first posted to WindowsReport

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