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How to fix the error code 126?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

The Error Code 126 happens when the user tries to run an application that requires files that are not present on the system. The application files might be corrupt or missing. This error can also happen if the user does not have enough permissions to run the application.

1. Update your software

  1. Open your software and go to the main menu.
  2. Select “Help”
  3. Select “About Windows”
  4. On the “About Windows” window, select “Update your software”
  5. On the “Update your software” window, select the “Check for updates” button
  6. Select the “Update now” button
  7. The software will check for updates and update if there are any available. If there are no available updates, the software will tell you that there are no updates available and provide a link to download the latest updates.

2. Check your permissions

  1. Open the Windows PowerShell console
  2. Type the following command and press Enter Get-Acl
  3. If the error code 126 is returned, the permissions on the folder or file are not correct. To fix the permissions, you will need to either grant or remove permissions from the folder or file. To grant permissions, you will use the following command: Add-Acl To remove permissions, you will use the following command: Remove-Acl

3. Check your environment variables

  1. In a command prompt, type "set" and press Enter.
  2. To display the current environment variables, type "set" and press Enter again.
  3. To set a new environment variable, type "set" and press Enter followed by the variable name.
  4. To clear the current environment variable, type "clear" and press Enter.
  5. To quit the command prompt, type "exit" and press Enter.

4. Check your file paths

  1. Check to see if your file paths are correct.
  2. If your file paths are correct, check to see if the file is in the correct location.
  3. If the file is in the correct location, check to see if the file is accessible.
  4. If the file is accessible, check to see if the file is in the correct format.
  5. If the file is in the correct format, check to see if the file is encrypted.
  6. If the file is encrypted, check to see if the file is compressed.
  7. If the file is compressed, check to see if the file is corrupted.

5. Check for corrupt files

  1. Start Windows Explorer and open the folder where the corrupted files are located.
  2. If the files are located in a folder, right-click the folder and choose Properties.
  3. On the General tab, check the box next to File Versioning.
  4. If the corrupt files are located in a subfolder, right-click the subfolder and choose Properties.
  5. On the General tab, check the box next to File Versioning.
  6. In the File Versioning dialog box, compare the file versions listed in the File Version column to the file versions that are listed in the File Versioning dialog box for the folder.
  7. If the file versions are not the same, click the Update button.
  8. If the file versions are the same, click the Compare button.
  9. If the file versions are not the same, in the Compare window, click the Replace button.
  10. In the Replace window, in the File Name field, type the new name for the file.
  11. In the File Version field, type the new version of the file.
  12. Click the Replace button.
  13. In the Replace window, in the File Name field, type the new name for the folder.
  14. In the File Version field, type the new version of the folder.
  15. Click the OK button.

6. Contact the software developer for assistance

  1. Identify the error code and the specific issue that needs to be addressed.
  2. Contact the software developer to request assistance in resolving the issue.
  3. Work with the software developer to resolve the issue.
  4. Re-test the issue to ensure that it has been resolved.