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How to Fix “Overwatch.exe – Bad Image”

Are you getting an “Overwatch.exe – Bad Image” error in Overwatch 2?

Here’s the full error message, “C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\FW1FontWrapper_x64.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error”.

“Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support. Error status 0xc0000428”.

Overwatch 2 was released on October 4, 2022.

Since its release, the game has had multiple known issues.

Some of the known issues are server disconnection, cosmetics, items, currency not showing up, and others.

In this guide, you’ll learn why Overwatch 2 says “Overwatch.exe – Bad Image” and how to fix it on your PC.

Why does Overwatch 2 say “Bad Image”?

Overwatch.exe Bad Image

Overwatch 2 says “Bad Image” because one of your programs is conflicting with the game.

It can also happen because you don’t have the latest Windows update.

Many players are complaining about the bad image issue on the Blizzard forum.

“I’m getting the same message. I already tried running repair, uninstalling/reinstalling, and restarting my computer but none of that helped. I’m still getting the error message”.

“Having the same issue with different .dll errors. Windows 10. Following if anyone finds a solution”.

“Hi, I just had the same issue, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\FW1FontWrapper_x64.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error”.

How to fix “Overwatch.exe – Bad Image”

To fix “Overwatch.exe – Bad Image”, you need to disable the conflicting program (e.g., EVGA Precision XOC, Xbox Game Bar) that causes the error message.

You can also try reinstalling your Nvidia drivers or updating Windows to the latest version.

Fix 1: Uninstall/close conflicting programs

  • EVGA Precision XOC – Uninstall
  • Xbox Game Bar – Close
  • Razer Synapse – Close
  • Proxy Services (e.g. ProxyCap) – Uninstall

Fix 2: Uninstall and reinstall Nvidia drivers

  1. Run “Device Manager” using Windows search.
  2. Expand “Display adapters”.
  3. Right-click your graphics card and select “Uninstall device”.
  4. Download https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/geforce-experience/.
  5. Run GeForce Experience > Drivers > Download (to reinstall Nvidia drivers).

Fix 3: Update Windows to the latest version

  1. Search for “Check for updates” using Windows search.
  2. Download & install new updates.

Further reading

How to Fix Overwatch 2 Crashing or Freezing

How to Fix Overwatch 2 Account Wiped or Lost Progress

How to Fix “Game Server Connection Failed” in Overwatch 2

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