Error 193: %1 is not a valid Win32 application

You get an error when starting a Windows Service:

Error 193: %1 is not a valid Win32 application

This could be caused by a folder on your hard drive that has a similar name to the folder that contains the path to the service. For example, if the path of the executable file for a service is C:\Program Files\ProgramName\ServiceName.exe, and if a folder that is named C:\Program also exists on your hard disk, Windows locates the C:\Program folder on your hard disk before the C:\Program Files\ProgramName\ServiceName.exe file, and then tries to run it.

You can get rid of the Program folder, or perform the following steps:

1. Click Start > Run and type REGEDIT and click OK.

2. Click the plus sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
then CurrentControlSet
then Services
then ServiceName

3. Right-click ImagePath on the right side. In the Value data box, place quotes in the path.


Change: C:\Program Files\ProgramName\ServiceName.exe

To: “C:\Program Files\ProgramName\ServiceName.exe”

4. Click OK and close REGEDIT. Restart the computer.


  1. emily says

    I can’t find the service name. How can I find it? I am receiving this error message when trying to open & view my cellphone media files using windows.

  2. Carlos Farias says

    You are Great!

    Thank You Very Much!
    I was wasting hours to figure out what was the cause of this error.
    I loose some hair fixing this, but today I am a bit wise.

  3. Amund says

    I got the same error when trying to run a .NET 4.5 Windows Service on Windows Server 2003 (which doesn’t support .NET 4.5, but 4.0). Builded the service for .NET 4.0 and everything was OK.

  4. Alex says

    I get this error when trying to start up a program. How am I to know what service its using?

  5. aarthi says

    Hi, How to keep the display settings?. Each time I restart the computer, the resolution is changed. Kindly help.

  6. iggy says

    Problem: install iprint(Novell) printer. Starts the process and errors out with Error 193: %1 is not a valid Win32 application… Not able to identify a particular service failure on the SYSTEM event log.
    Solution: Scanned the HKLM\SYSTEM\Controlset001\Control\Print\Printers\.. and removed inactive printers. Installed printer successfully.

  7. Jeggs says

    Yeah i have an hp pavilion and i know due to a virus named i cannot access C Drive (HP_PAVILION) a message comes up with
    “C:\resycled\ is not a valid Win32 Application”

    i deleted “C:\resycled” but now the same problem just different message “Windows cannot find ‘resycled\’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.”

    Any Ideas? Thanks

  8. Robyn Day says

    I have the same problem with Vista. New HP Pavilion. Hard drive failure. Best buy replaced and reinstalled OS and returned. Now have flash error and can’t open PDF files. Error %1 not a valid Win32 application. Also do not have “ServiceName” to do above repair. Any help because Best Buy is useless once paid.

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