Fixing File System Error 1073741515 in Windows 7 and Windows 10

By ivan.diskin | April 9, 2018 |

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This article tackles File System Error 1073741515 in Windows 7 and Windows 10, an error so common that many users have turned to various tools for solution. We will provide an overview of the possible fixes for this issue.

What is File System Error 1073741515?

This is a numeric number of the error that pertains to the error type 0xC0000135. This error describes the absence of an essential component – in most cases, it’s a dll.file that is missing –  making it impossible to execute the program that you wanted to run. A wrongly configured system file, in turn, is a sign of malicious activity. You could, of course, run a Registry clean-up to find these faulty system files, but unfortunately if you haven’t found the source of the issue aka the malware, you will probably just end up infecting your computer over and over again.

What causes Registry errors?

During the lifespan of your device, it’s only natural to develop some kind of Registry errors, so don’t imagine that the issue you are having is unfixable. On the contrary, these may be the easiest errors to fix, and by the time you have eliminated them from your Registry, your computer will become faster and more efficient. There are some more common causes of Registry errors, among them are:

Cause 1.

Malfunctioning hardware can be the cause of this error. This is hard to fix without some major hardware replacement and damage control.

Cause 2.

JavaScript Errors can also cause the problem because of high-speed delete updates that your computer might not be able to process.

Cause 3.

Malware. This is the most common issue that causes File System Error 1073741515.

All of the culprits listed above can be blamed for the File System error 1073741515 you are having. So, it’s important to take the time and check all of the possibilities.

Leftover bits of files that belonged to a long-gone software version that you are not even using can be causing ’File System Error 1073741515’. These corrupted files accumulated over the years sum up in the Registry and one fine day, they present themselves in the form of a missing file, since the original file was just buried under a layer of misplaced, unwanted registry files.  So, setting a scheduled scan of your system seems prudent.

Next, we have a few frequently occurring signs that will be a signal to you to check your system:

  • if your computer crashes frequently, it could be a warning that something has gone awry
  • if you are experiencing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and getting different code errors
  • if you get prompts of input/output errors
  • if your US controls are disabled
  • if there are errors in Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

How to fix error message File System Error 1073741515?

Now that we have found out what we are dealing with, it’s time to figure out how to get rid of it. There are various solutions that we will discuss at length in this article. We urge you to contemplate each as means of a fix for your computer, but before taking any action, remember to back up your sensitive information and essential files. You can use a handy tool like Auslogics BitReplica to automate the process.

Fix 1. Get rid of viruses and malware.

It’s possible that during the download of some software, you accidentally downloaded malware along with it. Since you were busy installing the app, the malware invited itself to your computer and caused some damage to your Registry files. We suggest you get a trusted anti-malware tool such as Auslogics Anti-Malware in order to scan your system, remove the threats and protect your computer from getting infected with malware in the future. To determine for sure if this is the source of your problem, you can run a scan of the system.

Choose the scan that suits your needs

Fix 2. To troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files you can use System File Checker.

Follow these instructions to apply this fix:

  • Step 1. Select “Start” and then “Command Prompt”
  • Step 2. Type in ’sfc /scannow’ and press Enter
  • Step 3. Wait for the scan to be completed and then restart your computerWait for the SFC scan to finish.

Fix 3. Refresh your operating system.

In some cases, the best way to get rid of the errors is to refresh your system entirely. It will take up some of your time, but your problem will most likely be solved. Also consider that you might spend a lot of time installing different anti-virus tools and still not get a completely virus-free system. Sometimes, starting over is the only option. To carry out a refresh of the system, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1. Hold the Windows key and S to open the shortcut to Settings
  • Step 2. Select Update and Security
  • Step 3. Select Recovery
  • Step 4. You will see a grey button saying “Get Started”
  • Step 5. A prompt will appear asking you what you want to do with your personal files. You are running a refresh and so you can preserve all the data on your computer but still get the effect of a refreshed computer. You can keep your personal files.
  • Step 6. After the refresh, all of your Registry files will return to their default state and your system registry will be free from any corrupted or damaged entries.

At this point, the ‘’File System Error 1073741515’’ issue you have been experiencing on your Windows 7/10 operating system should be gone.

The last option we have is to re-install your operating system, but this involves a major clean-up. Unfortunately, there is a risk that this course of action will most likely lead to a total wipe out of your hard drive so this is the last resort and probably not preferable by any user. Unless you are in the mood to reinstall all your software and custom settings to your computer. To eliminate the risk of a potential re-instalment completely, we advise to use specific tools to ensure the health of your computer and anticipate potential errors.

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