After installing the April 2022 updates on Windows 11 [KB5012592] and Windows 10 [KB5012599], users reported that browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox are crashing with a 0xc000022 error message. The exact error message reads:
The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022). Click OK to close the application”.
As reported by users on Feedback Hub, a dialog with error code 0xc0000022 appear when they’re trying to launch msedge.exe, Chrome.exe, and Firefox.exe or you can say when trying to launch these browsers.
Those users who’re using Vivaldi and Brave as default browsers are not affected by this issue after installing the same update.
Microsoft mentioned that there’s no other error or issue reported by another group of users after installing the Windows April Update [KB5012592], except for the users who are unable to launch the browser listed above.
So what causes the error message to appear? Some users think that issues occur due to the latest Windows 11 and Windows 10 cumulative updates, but the exact reason is compatibility between Windows and Antivirus programs like ESET.
Fix – Chrome, Edge, Firefox Crashing With 0xc0000022 After installing Windows 11, 10 April 2022 Updates
To Fix Chrome, Edge, and Firefox Crashing with error code 0xc0000022 users can uninstall KB5012592 for Windows 11 and Uninstall KB5012599 for Windows 10.
Apart from that, ESET Team is already aware of issues like “The protected browser could not be started” or “The application could not be started properly” and released the potential fix.
However, users will have to manually perform an action if they’re facing Firefox, Chrome, and Edge Crashing With 0xc0000022 error after Windows 11, Windows 10 April update. Here’s how you can fix it:
Upon following the above two troubleshooting steps, the browser should work fine and you will no longer face the crashing issues with your browser.
As of now, the issue is reported by users having ESET antivirus on their PC, so it is still not sure whether users with some antivirus are also facing the issue or not.