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Stella and 0xc000007b error on Windows 7 64-bit

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I tried downloading and installing 5 different versions of Stella, and I also installed the Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable that they require (both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions), and no matter what when I double-click the .exe I keep getting a message saying, "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b), Click OK to close the application." I have Windows 7 64-bit on my notebook, and have downloaded and used emulators for so many different systems in the past, but for some reason I can never seem to figure out how to get Stella to work. Do you happen to have any idea what I am doing wrong?

 

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I tried downloading and installing 5 different versions of Stella, and I also installed the Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable that they require (both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions), and no matter what when I double-click the .exe I keep getting a message saying, "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b), Click OK to close the application." I have Windows 7 64-bit on my notebook, and have downloaded and used emulators for so many different systems in the past, but for some reason I can never seem to figure out how to get Stella to work. Do you happen to have any idea what I am doing wrong?

 

A couple of articles regarding that exact error message:

 

The Application was Unable to Start Correctly (0xc000007b) [FIXED]

 

How to Fix Application Unable to Start Correctly Error (0xc000007b)

 

Both articles point to possible Windows system file problem(s), including the possible need to...

 

...perform Windows updates...

...reinstall DirectX...

...update .NET framework...

...run a check disk...

...enable/run the app with Administrator rights...

 

...in addition to the reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Packages.

 

If it still does not work, some "advanced solutions" are also available to try.

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I too have seen similar errors. Didn't bother to dig into them or solutions other than do a different machine.

Edited by Keatah

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I finally got Stella running on my notebook! It turns out that I had to do what's called a "clean boot" of Windows with most of the services disabled before I installed the MS Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable, because one of those services kept interfering with the install and corrupting it.

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Glad you found a solution to your problem. Microsoft doesn't make it easy for all of us.

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