Lately, many Windows 11 users reported that an error message EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION popped up on the screen while trying to run an application on their system. As per some users, they received a similar error message while trying to install Java, Visual Studio and Minecraft, etc. Most likely, the same error message will appear when trying to run an app that is trying to access a protected memory address.

This error may seem annoying, but luckily you have some reliable solutions. Anyway, in this article, we have gathered a few solutions to resolve the EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error on your Windows 11. So just follow through with this troubleshooting guide till the end. Let’s have a look.

Fix 1: Run Windows Store App Troubleshoot:

If you are getting the EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION error while installing any app from Microsoft Store, then you need to run the Windows Store App troubleshooter. To do so,

  • Firstly, go to the Start menu and from there click on the Settings icon.
  • Inside Settings, click on System and select Troubleshoot option.
  • Then select Other troubleshooters and click on the Run button beside the Windows Store App option.
  • Finally, restart the system and see you can install the problematic apps.

Fix 2: Add Program to Data Execution Prevention Whitelist:

Another solution to tackle the EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION Error issue on your Windows 11 is adding the program to the Data Execution Prevention whitelist. This feature will help to Monitor and protect certain areas of your memory and prevent malicious code from executing. To do so,

  • Firstly, type control in your search box and open Control Panel from the search result.
  • Then select the System and Security option.
  • In the newly opened window, select System and click on Advanced system settings.
  • Inside the System Properties screen, go to the Advanced tab and click on the Settings button under the Performance section.
  • On the next window, click on Data Execution Prevention and select Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select option.
  • And click on the Add button and select the problematic app.
  • Finally, save the changes and see the result.

Fix 3: Disable User Account Control:

Sometimes simply turning off user account control might help you to resolve the EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION Error issue on your Windows 11. To do so,

  • Firstly, type control in your search box and open Control Panel from the search result.
  • Then select the System and Security option.
  • Now select the Security and Maintenance section and click on the Change User Account Control settings option.
  • Inside the newly opened window, scroll down the slider towards the Never notify option.
  • Finally, save all the changes and try again to install the app your failed earlier.

Fix 4: Disable Discord Overlay:

As per some suffered users, they finally managed to escape from the EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION Error in their Windows 11 by disabling the Discord Overlay. So we recommend the same fix in your case as well. To do so,

  • Firstly, launch Discord on your system.
  • Then go to the Settings menu by clicking on the gear icon, as you can see on the screen.
  • Inside Settings, select the Game Overlay option from the left pane menu list.
  • On the next window, turn off the slider beside the Enable in-game overlay option.
  • Finally, save the changes and check now you can install all apps on your system.

Fix 5: Create Options.ini File:

If any of the above solutions do not help you, then you need to create an Option.ini file. This trick helps you to install Minecraft, World of Warcraft, and other games. To do so,

  • Firstly, press Windows + R to open a RUN dialog box and type %appdata% press OK.
  • Then navigate to the problematic game and look for the Options.ini file.
  • If you failed to find the same file, create a new one.
  • For that, right-click on any blank space and click on New-> Text document.
  • Inside the Text document, type or copy then paste the following commands,

AudioLOD = Low

HasSeenLogoMovies = yes

IdealStaticGameLOD = VeryLow

Resolution = 800 600

StaticGameLOD = VeryLow

TimesInGame = 1

  • Then click on the File option from the top left corner and click on Save As option.
  • Finally, rename the file as Option.ini and try again to install the noted games on your system.

These are the quick fixes for the EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION Error on Windows 11. However, if you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, then please leave a comment in the below-given comment box.