So my 5-year-old desktop runs Windows XP and has been running pretty well until the past few weeks, when I’ve been getting the 0xc0000142 Application Error. I searched Google for that specific error and have come across many different possible causes and potential solutions. It looks like the error is generated from failing to initialize a DLL file, but who knows which one it is. The solutions range from rebooting (didn’t work) to re-installing XP or a newer version of Windows (don’t have the original XP discs and the machine is too old to handle Windows 7). So, I guess my options are to either buy a new version of XP to re-install or upgrade the hardware on the machine and upgrade to Windows 7. I’m leaning towards the latter since it probably needs to be done eventually.