"Application Error" when selecting "Options"

When I try to print to PDF Creator from within an application and choose "Options", or open the PDF Print Monitor and choose "Options", Windows (XP Service Pack 3, fully patched as of this date) displays an error box with the following:

PDFCreator: PDFCreator.exe - Application Error

The instruction at "0x001ae804" referenced memory at "0x001ae804". The memory could not be "written".

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


I had this issue too and I remember I fixed it the following way:

Open the registry and change the options manually.
They are stored at:

I think I remember just setting the “Use Autosave”-Key to 1 instead of 0, you can also try to disable and enable the options (Key: OptionsEnabled 1->0->1).

This did the trick for me. After these changes, the options where accessible through the program in the intended way.

Whatever registervalues i used, when trying to bring up the options just kept crashing PDF Creator all the time (Running windows server 2003). However PDF creator works fine, i can print and share the printer over network. Everything seems to work except clicking up the options.

I ended up installing PDFCreator on a another windows 7 machine, which allowed me to set all the options i wanted. Then exported my desired options as registervalues in regedit and imported them to the windows 2003 server.

Allthough there were some differences in where PDFCreator stored the registry data:

win 7: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\VirtualStore\\MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\PDFCreator\\Program]
win server 2003: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\PDFCreator\\Program]


In case anyone else runs across this thread, I have resolved this issue by setting an exception for PDFCreator in the Windows Data Execution Prevention settings.  (Right-click My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Performance > Settings > Data Execution Prevention.