The error code ERROR_SXS_SECTION_NOT_FOUND typically occurs in Windows systems and indicates an issue with Side-by-Side (SxS) assemblies. Here’s a breakdown of what it means:

  • Context: SxS assemblies are a Windows technology that allows different applications to share the same DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files. This helps save disk space and memory usage.
  • Error Meaning: The error signifies that the program you’re trying to run is looking for a specific section within an SxS assembly, but that section is not found. This can happen due to various reasons:
    • Missing or corrupt file: The required SxS assembly file itself might be missing or corrupted.
    • Incorrect version: The program might be expecting a specific version of the assembly that’s not available on your system.
    • Configuration issue: There might be a configuration error related to SxS assemblies in your system.
  • Examples:
    • You might encounter this error when trying to run an older program that relies on a specific SxS assembly no longer present in newer Windows versions.
    • The program’s installation might have gone wrong, leading to missing or corrupt SxS assembly files.

Troubleshooting Steps you can try to fix the ERROR_SXS_SECTION_NOT_FOUND

Here are some steps you can try to fix the ERROR_SXS_SECTION_NOT_FOUND:

  1. Run System File Checker (SFC): This built-in Windows tool scans for missing or corrupt system files, including SxS assemblies. Open a command prompt as administrator and type sfc /scannow.
  2. DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management): If SFC doesn’t resolve the issue, you can try DISM, a more advanced tool for repairing system images. Refer to official Microsoft documentation for specific DISM commands related to SxS assemblies.
  3. Reinstall the program: In some cases, reinstalling the program that’s causing the error can fix the issue if the problem lies with the program’s installation of SxS assemblies.
  4. Check for program updates: The software developer might have released an update that addresses the SxS assembly issue.
  5. Consult program documentation/support: If none of the above solutions work, refer to the program’s documentation or contact the software vendor’s support for specific troubleshooting steps related to that program.

Additional Notes:

  • Modifying system files or registry entries directly to fix SxS assembly issues is generally not recommended as it can lead to further problems.
  • If you’re not comfortable with troubleshooting steps, consider seeking help from a technical professional.
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