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Another fix for Application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect

I recently came across this problem: The application failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect.

I searched for answers, but none of them (such as looking for missing runtime DLLs) fixed my problem.  So I looked at the System Log using the Windows XP Event Viewer, and found this SideBySide error: Syntax Error in policy file “program_path\program.exe.config” on line 1

Well, there’s not much on line 1 (the first line of the XML config file) so I thought about it and changed the encoding from encoding=”Windows-1252″ to encoding=”UTF-8“.  Voila!  Problem solved!

I’m sure it’s not the solution to many application configuration errors, but it’s another possibility to check out — although what you need to change encoding to will probably vary depending on the computer.


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