The configuration system failed to initialize in Windows 10: why and what to do
The “Configuration system failed to initialize in Windows 10” message appears when users try to access newly installed applications. This warning indicates that the system files are corrupted and need to be fixed.
The inability of the configuration system to undergo initialization can also be associated with the action of malware that “comes bundled” with the new program, if it was downloaded from an unofficial source. Either way, the problem can be caused for several reasons. Below are suggestions for fixing the problem both in automatic mode and in manual mode.
Solution 1: Run an SFC scan
How to do it:
- Right click on the Windows icon and select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Enter the sfc / scannow command and click Enter.
- A system scan in automatic mode will identify damaged files and fix them.
- After completing the diagnostics, restart your computer.
Solution 2. Checking the integrity of system files
As in the previous option, you should check the system files for integrity, only using another Windows tool.
- To do this, run Command Prompt again as administrator.
- Enter the following commands in turn, pressing Enter after each:
- dism / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth
dism / online / cleanup-image / scanhealth
dism / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth
- If damaged files are found that cannot be restored, the system will download them from the official resource.
Solution 3. Delete the old config file
Instructions for implementation:
- Press the Win + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer.
- Go to the path C: users username (under which you are logged in) appdata local appname and delete the configuration file of the problematic application.
- if any of the folders is missing, turn on the display of hidden items.
- Go to C: users username (under which you are logged in) appdata braming appname and delete the configuration file of the problematic application.
- Restart the program and check if the error occurs.
Solution 4. Check the system for viruses
One of the causes of an initialization error is malicious software tampering with the system. Scan your computer for viruses.
- Open Control Panel by pressing Win + X and selecting the appropriate item.
- Go to Windows Defender and run a full system scan.
Solution 5: Perform a clean boot to fix the System Configuration
- Right-click on the Windows icon and select Run.
- Enter the command: msconfig and click OK.
- In the System Configuration window that opens, go to the Services tab.
- Check the Do not show Microsoft services checkbox to hide important system processes;
- Then disable the rest by clicking Disable All.
- Go to the Startup tab and open the Task Manager.
- Check all enabled processes, and click disable.
- Close the Task Manager window.
- Return to the System Configuration window, click Apply and OK.
- Restart your computer to start the system with only the correct drivers.
- Check if the problem is gone.