How to Fix the “Code Execution Cannot Proceed” Error? [6 Simple & Advanced Ways]

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Are you encountering the “Code Execution Cannot Proceed” error in Windows when trying to launch or close a program? This error states: “The code execution cannot proceed because a specific DLL file was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem”. 

Guide to Fix the Code Execution Cannot Proceed Error in Windows

This error typically arises when the system cannot find a necessary file for running an application, often due to issues with DLL files or corrupted system files.
Other factors such as accidentally deleted or corrupted files, incomplete installations or system updates can disrupt existing DLL files, causing the problem. DLL files, such as MSVCP140.dll, MSVCP120.dll, and VCRUNTIME140.dll, are vital for the proper functioning of the operating system and various applications. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you resolve this error using several effective methods.

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the Code Execution Error

Below are the 6 solutions for fixing the error outlined in the article. Simply work through the list until you find the one that resolves the issue.

  • Reinstall the Affected Application: Uninstall and then reinstall the program associated with the error.
  • Update your Device Drivers: Ensure all device drivers are up to date.
  • Install Missing DLL File manually: Download and install the required DLL file that’s causing the error.
  • Perform System Restore: Revert your system to a previous state using System Restore.

Let’s discuss these solutions in detail with step-by-step instructions below:

3 Simple Methods to Fix the Error “Code Execution Cannot Proceed”

Let’s start with the simple steps that don’t require much technical work and can be followed by anyone easily.

Solution 1. Perform SFC and DISM Scans

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System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Imaging Service and Management Tool (DISM) scans can repair corrupted system files that might be causing the error. Below, we’ll guide you through the steps:

  • Click the “Start” button, type “cmd”, select “Run as administrator”.
  • Click “Yes” when prompted to continue.
Type CMD then run as administrator
  • In the “Command Prompt”, type sfc /scannow and press ‘Enter’.
Type sfc /scannow
  • Wait for the process to complete. If the scan finds and repairs corrupted files, you’ll see a message indicating this.
  • Try launching the problematic application to see if the issue is resolved.
  • If the problem persists, open “Command Prompt” as an administrator again.
  • Enter the following commands one by one and press ‘Enter’:

dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth 

These steps will help ensure that your system files are intact and that any issues with the Windows component store are resolved.

Solution 2. Reinstall the Affected Application

Reinstalling the application that triggers the error can often resolve the issue. This method works by replacing any corrupted files associated with the application. Follow these steps for a clean reinstallation:

  • Press ‘Win+I’ to open “Settings” and go to the “Apps” section.
  • Go to “Installed Apps” and in the list, locate the application you want to remove.
  • Click on the ‘options icon, select “Uninstall”, and follow the on-screen instructions.
Uninstall Adobe Photoshop from Installed Apps
  • Once the application is uninstalled, check if the “Code Execution Cannot Proceed because DLL was not found” error persists.

Now, reinstall the app from its official website.

Solution 3. Update Your Device Drivers

Outdated or corrupt device drivers can also lead to this error. Updating them can resolve compatibility issues.

  • Press “Windows + X” and select “Device Manager”.
Right click Start and select Device Manager
  • Expand the categories and locate the devices with outdated drivers (usually marked with a yellow exclamation mark).
  • Right-click on the device and select “Update driver”.
  • Choose “Search automatically for drivers” and follow the prompts.
Update Network Driver

Updating drivers ensures that all hardware components work correctly with the latest software.

3 Advanced Methods to Fix the “The code execution cannot proceed because a specific DLL file was not found” Error

If the previous methods don’t resolve the problem, you can try these advanced methods. 

Adv. Solution 1. Re-register the Problematic DLL File

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Re-registering the file causing the error can resolve issues by ensuring that it is properly integrated into the system’s registry.

  • Click the “Start” button, type “cmd”, and select “Run as administrator”.
  • Click “Yes” when prompted to continue.
Type CMD then run as administrator
  • Copy and paste the following commands, pressing ‘Enter’ after each one: (Replace filename with the name of the problematic DLL file)
    regsvr32 /u filename
    regsvr32 filename
Re-register the Problematic File
  • Close the “Command Prompt” and restart your system.

Adv. Solution 2. Perform System Restore

Using System Restore can revert your system to a previous state before the error occurred, which can resolve the issue if it was caused by recent changes but only if you have created system restore points before the issue occurred.

  • Press ‘Win + S’, type “Control Panel” into the search box, and press ‘Enter’ to open the Control Panel window. 
Type Control Panel
  • Select “Large icons” under the “View by” category and click “Recovery”.
  • Click on the “Open System Restore” option. Click “Next” to proceed. 
  • Choose an appropriate system restore point and click “Next” to confirm the selection
Choose System Protection then System Restore
  • Ensure you have reviewed the information carefully before starting the process, as the system restore cannot be interrupted once it begins. 
  • Click “Next” to start the restoration.
Choose a restore point_

When the process is completed, your system will revert to the previous state, potentially resolving the error.

Adv. Solution 3. Install the Missing DLL File Manually

If the error is due to a missing DLL file, manually installing it can resolve the problem. It provides the required component for the application to run correctly.

  • Visit, for example “ or any other DLL file website and enter the name of the specific DLL file causing the error (e.g., MSVCP140.dll) into the search bar. Click on “Search DLL file”.
Search dll file on
  • Choose the latest version of the DLL file that matches your operating system, and then click “Download”.
Download the DLL file that matches your OS
  • Once the file is downloaded, extract the contents of the zip file to any location on your computer. Copy the DLL file from the extracted folder.
  • Paste the DLL file into two locations:
    • C:\Windows\System32
    • The installation folder of the game or application that is showing the error.
  • Restart the application to see if the error has been resolved. 

Last Word

By using these methods, you can fix the “Code Execution Cannot Proceed” error in Windows. These steps provide a comprehensive approach to troubleshooting and fixing the error, addressing issues with problematic applications, corrupted system files, outdated drivers, or missing DLL files.

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