0x0000008E (0xC0000005, ...) Error Code | Solutions, Fixes, Prevention
The 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, ...) error code is one of the variations of the 0xC0000005 error (the values in parenthesis may vary). 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, ...) code is displayed on the blue screen when Windows terminates because of a critical error. The complete code string may look like this: STOP: 0x0000008E (0xc0000005, 0X8546FB6C, 0XB8926A3C, 0X00000000) and is accompanied by the text which sometimes hints where to look for the source of the trouble.
The inclusion of 0xc0000005 code into the error message points to memory access violation the attempt to use system memory is an improper way.
Many users might have heard that the 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, ...) is raised by a faulty RAM module, incompatible drivers or BIOS configuration (we will describe these issues below). However, many forget about malware issue that should be considered and resolved in the first place. That is why, if the 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, ...) annoyance occurs randomly and you can boot your computer, scan your system for malware and check your registry for errors and corrupted entries.
If your computer crashes at startup, try the steps described below. However, remember that malware-free system and clean registry are the basics of healthy computing. Don't forget to come back and scan your system when you are done with the 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, ...) problem.
0xc0000005 is a sign of memory use violation. In other words, this means that an application has attempted to access the part of memory which not allocated to it. Such behavior is typical for many malware applications, so quite often the 0xc0000005 code notifies that a violation attempt has been trapped. The 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 combination implies the violation at kernel level, which should be seriously dealt with. (there are cases when 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 combination was evoked by kernel level rootkits).
The 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 error may be caused by hardware and software related issues.
As you have read above, the 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 combination often refers to memory issues. If Windows started to crash after RAM upgrade, that must be the point. Remove the new RAM module and see if the error remains. Make sure you have verified the memory's compatibility with your motherboard and that the computer allows that memory capacity. If you computer is designed for 1Gb, a 4Gb module won't work. If the error goes away, test the new memory with MemTest86. If the test find errors in the RAM module, replace the faulty memory with a good one. That should have solved the 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 problem and BSOD. Don't keep the defective memory and don't hope that it will work properly on another computer. It won't, his is irreparable and problems are inevitable.
Bad driver or driver conflict is another cause of 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 (sometimes, the text on the blue screen includes the driver name giving you the clue to solution). If you don't know which driver is to blame, remove the latest driver installations. If that resolves the error, inform the manufacturer about the driver conflict. A good registry cleaner can resolve the driver problem as well.
There were cases of 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 after new hard drive installation. Starting up is Safe Mode allowed to format the new drive and the problem was gone.
Alternatively, you can restart with the Last Known Good Configuration option. Remember that in this case the system changes cannot be rolled back. In addition, they will change all system settings, not just a the driver that might provoke the 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 error.
System Restore is another way to rollback to working system settings. Also, provides the opportunity to select the time point to rollback to.
If the text on the blue screen mentions win32k.sys or wdmaud.sys files or if you have configured hardware acceleration settings on the graphics card recently, installation of the latest Windows Service pack may resolve the 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 error.
Configure memory settings in BIOS to default ones (especially if you have changed them).
If none of the remedies work and you know the 0x0000008E 0xc0000005 is not a hardware related problem, you may try to reinstall Windows. This is a critical method, but it works sometimes, and that is more important.
What if 0xC0000005 still occurs...
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