STOP: c0000221 {Bad Image Checksum}

Posted: November 1, 2007 in General Area, Google, How To

If you receive this error after performing a system restore, or a Windows upgrade/update, well I hate to break it to you, but the “STOP” really does mean “Stop what the f**k your doing”. There are a plethora of various checksum errors, urlmon, nvda4, etc, and typically (about 99% of the time) replacing the corrupted files will only give you another checksum or corrupted file error. The best solution to fix this is to pop in a Windows XP (SP2) disk and perform a low level repair. Performing a low level repair off the XP cd, will possibly erase *some* of your data, but if you want to save everything, you could always download a bootable version of Knoppix and swap all your files to a USB drive prior to the repair.  As always if you need help with this, feel free to drop me a line.

  1. sean says:

    Hey i have the STOP thing on my laptop but it comes up with the blue screen of death…i dont know what to do can you please help me. I downloaded a program to make a bootable cd but i do not know how to make the actual cd. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Jock says:

    Don’t have a fix for the STOP: c0000221 condition (similar problem being experienced and still on the hunt for the best repair solution). I can point you in the right direction for creating a bootable Windows CD. Fairly simple do (only two or three back to square one conditions for me) and extremely useful (run chkdsk on c:\ without having to reboot). Follow this link:

  3. Good post over again. I am looking forward for your next post!

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