How to Fix “DifxFrontend failed!” Startup error on Windows

Many users encounter an error at startup that says, “Could not recognize operation: A! “DifxFronted failed!”. The error occurs when the system starts up. Some users get this error when they try to open a particular app. Mostly, the users encounter this error while launching the Spotify. The issue is commonly seen at Windows 10, but the users of Windows 7 and 8 also reported the same issue. Here is how you can fix this error.

Method # 1: Run a Security Scan

The error may occur due to any malware. Run an antimalware program to detect and remove the malware.

  • Download the antimalware program. I would recommend “Malwarebytes” that’s 99% effective against malware.
  • Open the antimalware program and click “Scan” to start scanning of your system.

Antimalware scan

  • It will take a few minutes to complete the scan. If there is any malware, it will remove it instantly.

Method # 2: Uninstall Recently Installed App

Sometimes, a recently installed app also triggers this error. If you have installed any app recently, uninstall it quickly to fix this error. Follow the steps here.

  • Go to the “Control Panel.”
  • Here, select “Uninstall a program” from the categories.

Control Panel menu

  • Now, select the recently installed program and click the option “Uninstall” to delete that program from the list.

Method # 3: Start in a Clean Boot

The next method you can apply to fix this error is the clean boot. Follow the instructions below in this context.

  • Press “Windows key + R” to launch the Run box. Type here “msconfig” and press Enter.
  • Click the “Services” tab. Here, at the bottom of the window, you will see the “Hide all Microsoft Services” option with a box. Check this box and click “Disable all” option as shown in the image below.

Services tab menu

  • Now, open the “Startup” tab and select “Open Task Manager.”

Startup Tab

  • Here, select the newly added program to disable from the Startup. Right-click and click “Disable.”

Disable startup programs

  • Now, reboot your PC and enjoy an error-free system.

Method # 4: Resolve Corrupt InstallSheild Installation

If there is a corrupt installation of InstallSheild, it can also cause this error. You need to resolve this issue by following the steps below.

  • Press “Alt + Ctrl + Del” to open the “Task Manager.”

Task Manager

  • Here, in the “Processes” tab, right-click the process that contains your first name and select “Open File Location.”
  • On that location, back up one path to view the whole folder. Right-click to the folder and select “Delete.”
  • Once, you have deleted the folder, reboot the system. You will see on the next startup that the error has been fixed.

Method # 5: Run System File Checker Scan

If the above methods don’t work, run the SFC scan to detect and fix this issue. Follow the steps below to run the System File Checker scan.

  • Type “Command Prompt” in the search bar. When it appears in the search results, right-click to it and select “Run as Administrator” from the context menu.
  • Now, type the following command in the Command Prompt and press Enter.

“sfc /scannow”

sfc scannow in cmd

  • The scanning process will take some time. Wait for a while until the system files scanning completes.

Method # 6: Run DISM Scan

To fix this error, you need to run a DISM scan too. Follow the instructions below in this context.

  • Press “Windows key + R” to open the “Run” utility. Type here “cmd” to launch the Command Prompt.
  • In the Command Prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after every command.

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

DISM utility in Windows 10

Note: Make sure; you have a stable internet connection because DISM will scan the system to replace the corrupted copies with the fresh ones.

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