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How to Fix: Aw, Snap! STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error

The Aw, Snap! STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error shows up whenever there is any configuration issue in the browser. You can fix this error by adding a Registry Key via the command prompt, disabling the code integrity feature in the browser, renaming the executable file, and changing the compatibility settings.


Whether it is Google Chrome or Microsoft, Edge in Windows, the Aw, Snap! STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error shows up whenever there is any configuration issue. Also, the error can be due to your Antivirus, which conflicts with your current Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

I have encountered the same error, which is connected to unsecured websites. But do not worry, as you can fix the issue without having much technical knowledge.

This error could happen when the chromium-browser cannot run an executable file image (not the photos, pictures, or images) due to an invalid hash security key. However, this issue with the web browser can be resolved by disabling the system protection.

We can manually add the registry key, disable the anti-virus protection, and disable the code integrity feature to avoid the STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error.

This browser error is due to an invalid executable file image security hash you usually see while browsing the internet or on video streaming websites. You can fix this minor issue with the registry editor and other troubleshooting methods.


Ensure you have updated your browser to the latest version, whether Chrome or Edge since the error can sometimes be due to an outdated browser.

Adding a Registry Key

You can edit a Chrome Registry Editor key or disable the code integrity feature. For Microsoft  Edge, you can update it and rename the Edge application and update the antivirus.

Though it can add the key using the Registry Editor, it is better and an easy process in the command prompt rather than in Registry Editor. However, before that, ensure that Google Chrome is not running in the background. You can launch the Task Manager and cross-check for the same.

Here are the steps to add the registry key in Google Chrome:

  1. Windows search bar, type cmd, and search for it.
  2. Select the command prompt and click the Run as Administrator option to run it as an Admin.
    Windows Command Prompt Run as administrator
  3. Type the following command and press the Enter button on your keyboard to enter the Retry Key.
REG ADD “HKLM\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome” /v RendererCodeIntegrityEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0

Add Registry Key in Chrome Browser on Window

Once the process is complete, close the command prompt and launch Google Chrome to check whether the error has been fixed.

Similarly, you can also add the registry key to the Microsoft Edge browser. Just replace the path of Google Chrome’s HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE with Microsoft Edge HKLM.

Disabling Code Integrity

To resolve our Aw Snap! STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH issue, we need to disable the integrity feature in Chrome. Here are the steps to disable the code integrity feature:

  1. Right-click on the Google Chrome icon.
  2. Select Properties from the quick menu.
    Google Chrome Properties in Windows OS
  3. Click in the input field beside the Target label.Disable Code Integrity in Chrome on Target Properties
  4. Now, after the chrome.exe” section, press on the Spacebar to add a space.
  5. Type or paste the following code mentioned below:
  6. After that, click on the Apply button.
  7. Click on the Continue button in the prompt to confirm the settings.
  8. Then close it by clicking the OK button.

Now launch Google Chome, and check if the Aw, Snap! STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error has been resolved.

Renaming Edge to msedge.exe

It was a weird solution at first, but for most users, it worked. For this, you will have to rename the Edge application to msedge.exe. It can already be named msedge.exe, but you can name it again and try to see whether it works.

People have also done it similarly in Chrome, and it worked. You can try that too. Moreover, instead of msedge.exe, you can rename it to anything and check. You must first locate the Edge executable file. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Open up the File Explorer.
  2. Go to This PC > Local Disk(C:) > Programs files(x86) > Edge > Application.
  3. In the application directory, right-click on the Edge executable file.
  4. Select Rename, then name it to msedge.exe.

Rename msedge.exe browser file

Changing the Compatibility Settings

If none of the other methods work, you can try changing the compatibility settings of Chrome and Edge and check if it resolves the issue. Here are the steps to change the compatibility settings:

  1. Locate the Chrome and Edge executable file in C:\.
  2. Then right-click on it and select Properties.
  3. Now, in the properties window, go to the Compatibility tab.
    Run Compatibility mode in Windows OS
  4. Enable the check box to Run this program in compatibility mode for option.
  5. Select Windows 7, 8, or 10 from the drop-down and then confirm it.
  6. Hit the Apply button, select OK.

Then launch Chrome and Edge and see if the error is fixed. If not, try other compatibility options.

Bottom Line

While browsing the internet, you may get similar errors like Aw, Snap! I got baffled when I saw this error for the first time, and I got scared since I did not know how to fix that back then.

Most users are paranoid when they see such an error on their browser screen. But do not worry; several troubleshooting ways exist to fix this minor issue.

The registry method is a permanent solution to this problem; you won’t see this error again. But if the error still appears, you can follow the other troubleshooting methods mentioned above. If none of the above works, try reinstalling your browser to see if it works.

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Rahul Verma

Rahul is a Computer Science Engineer with an MBA degree. He is keenly interested in the field of tech and cryptocurrency. He has 6+ years of technical content writing experience, mainly experimenting with and troubleshooting computer and mobile operating systems. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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