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CApplication::Create() failed
ok so I previously had XBMC working...

but i uninstalled it and reinstalled it and now everytime I try to open it I get the following error

CApplication::Create() failed - check log file and that it is writeable

here is my log file

21:29:58 T:31280 M:848687104 NOTICE: -----------------------------------------------------------------------
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848728064 NOTICE: Starting XBMC, Platform: Windows Server 2008, 64-bit (WoW) Service Pack 2 build 6002. Built on Jul 15 2010 (SVN:31827, compiler 1500)
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848736256 NOTICE: AMD Athlon™ II X2 250 Processor
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848723968 NOTICE: Desktop Resolution: 1920x1080 16Bit at 60Hz
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848736256 NOTICE: Running with administrator rights
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848715776 NOTICE: special://xbmc/ is mapped to: C:\Program Files (x86)\XBMC
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848711680 NOTICE: special://xbmcbin/ is mapped to: C:\Program Files (x86)\XBMC
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848646144 NOTICE: special://masterprofile/ is mapped to: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\userdata
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848646144 NOTICE: special://home/ is mapped to: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\XBMC
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848646144 NOTICE: special://temp/ is mapped to: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\cache
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848646144 NOTICE: The executable running is: C:\Program Files (x86)\XBMC\XBMC.exe
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848642048 NOTICE: Log File is located: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\xbmc.log
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848642048 NOTICE: -----------------------------------------------------------------------
21:29:58 T:31280 M:848543744 NOTICE: Setup SDL
21:29:58 T:31280 M:876392448 NOTICE: Found screen: Dummy Monitor on RDPDD Chained DD, adapter 0.
21:29:58 T:31280 M:876384256 NOTICE: Primary mode: 1920x1080 @ 60.00 - Full Screen
21:29:58 T:31280 M:876359680 NOTICE: load settings...
21:29:58 T:31280 M:875724800 NOTICE: special://profile/ is mapped to: special://masterprofile/
21:29:58 T:31280 M:875700224 NOTICE: loading special://masterprofile/guisettings.xml
21:29:58 T:31280 M:875683840 ERROR: special://masterprofile/guisettings.xml, Line 0
Failed to open file
21:29:58 T:31280 M:875614208 ERROR: Unable to load special://masterprofile/guisettings.xml, creating new special://masterprofile/guisettings.xml with default values
21:29:58 T:31280 M:875610112 ERROR: XFILE::CFile:Big Grinelete - Error deleting file C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\userdata\guisettings.xml
21:29:58 T:31280 M:875597824 ERROR: XFILE::CFile:Big Grinelete - Error deleting file special://masterprofile/guisettings.xml
21:29:58 T:31280 M:874065920 NOTICE: Getting hardware information now...
21:29:58 T:31280 M:874078208 NOTICE: Checking resolution 12
21:29:58 T:31280 M:874078208 NOTICE: Loading player core factory settings from special://xbmc/system/playercorefactory.xml.
21:29:58 T:31280 M:874037248 NOTICE: Loaded playercorefactory configuration
21:29:58 T:31280 M:874000384 NOTICE: Loading player core factory settings from special://masterprofile/playercorefactory.xml.
21:29:58 T:31280 M:873992192 NOTICE: special://masterprofile/playercorefactory.xml does not exist. Skipping.
21:29:58 T:31280 M:873959424 NOTICE: No advancedsettings.xml to load (special://masterprofile/advancedsettings.xml)
21:29:58 T:31280 M:873938944 NOTICE: Default DVD Player: dvdplayer
21:29:58 T:31280 M:873938944 NOTICE: Default Video Player: dvdplayer
21:29:58 T:31280 M:873938944 NOTICE: Default Audio Player: paplayer
21:29:58 T:31280 M:873836544 NOTICE: Loading media sources from special://masterprofile/sources.xml
21:30:08 T:31280 M:907202560 WARNING: ADDON: cpluff: 'Not all directories were successfully scanned.'
21:30:10 T:31280 M:919584768 WARNING: CRenderSystemDX::CreateDevice - initial wanted device config failed
21:30:10 T:31280 M:918982656 FATAL: CApplication::Create: Unable to init rendering system

Is anyone able to help me! I have been trying for a week to find the answer

Thanks in Advance
Try the most recent Dharma build from

It may be unrelated but someone else recently had the same error and it turned out to be related to the video chipset they were using (Intel 915GMA I think). A subsequent build fixed the crash.

I _may_ have had that error awhile back. Is your DirectX enabled? Check dxdiag to make sure.
Releases after the one you tried include fixes, but I think the issue is that you're running your desktop in 16bits. XBMC requires 32bits (true color).
And you're running remotely? Is that a WHS?
Always read the XBMC online-manual, FAQ, Wiki and search the forum before posting.
Do not e-mail XBMC-Team members directly asking for support. Read/follow the forum rules.
For troubleshooting and bug reporting please make sure you read this first.
- I have tried all builds including the latest... but that didn't work still the same error
- I will check the direct X whenI get home from work, thanks.
- and yes I am installing it oh WHS which is connected to my LCD in the lounge room. I was using Remote desktop to set it up when I posted as it has a keyboard and mouse.
One reason it crashes like this is when a script crashes, &/or you have hidden cmd.exe or other certain system processes running. Check the task manager and try removing all cmd.exe instances and other un-neccessary processes one by one and see if that fixes the problem.
I believe the problem is trying to do it over remote desktop.
Read this before using these builds.
Use RealVNC, works fine running XBMC so I don't have to sit in front of my 50".
Thanks for all your help. I just uninstalled the version and reinstalled the latested. and didnt use remote desktop and all is good now.
Having the same problem. I cannot start XBMC when connected over Remote Desktop. My HTPC doesn't have a keyboard and mouse connected to it. Running Win7 and connecting from another Win7 over Remote Desktop.

Is there any solution or is it just not working?
Server: Asus Sabertooth Z77 | Intel Core i5 3.4 GHz | 16 GB DDR3 | 128 GB SSD, 82 TB (9 x 6 TB, 7 x 4 TB)
HTPC 1: Raspberry Pi 2 | HTPC 2: Raspberry Pi 2 | HTPC 3: Raspberry Pi
Just ran in to this issue using RDP, but I have been using XBMC remotely for sometime and never had this error.

32bit is enabled in the remote desktop client.
i got the same problem with RDP, was going to remote some setings from work for XBMC Remote Android App, but no luck this time.. have to wait iam home.
I have the exact same problem.

I have a full 32 bit server (running Windows Web Server 2008, Service Pack 1, Build 6001) which I connect to using Remote Desktop. When I install xbmc then try to launch it I also get the CApplication::Create() failed error.

I have tried running the Remote Desktop in /admin mode, but with no success.

I uninstalled, downloaded and installed the latest nightly Dharma build, xbmc-r35567-Dharma_rc2, but still no joy, and checked that DirectX was installed and running, it was, V10.

It seems clear that this is a Remote Desktop problem (and hence the lack of any guidance here), but I must say that in over 1 year of using my Server this is the first application that has failed to install.

I really hope someone comes up with a fix or workaround for this, as I really need xbmc on that machine.

I am having the same error trying to run xmbc on my laptop with a fresh install of windows7 32bit with all the latest updates. The system has the NVidia chipset and a Intel centrino duo processor. I am not running remote desktop.
I figured out my was the generic PNP windows 7 video display driver causing th eCApplication::Create() failed error .
I went to Nvidia and downloaded latest driver for my video adapter for windows 7 , rebooted and now XMBC works.

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