Runtime Errors: Causes
A runtime error occurs when a software application currently running on your PC encounters a problem. Programming glitches that were not rectified during the development of an application are known to be the main reason behind these errors.
Runtime Errors: Fixes
Some of the common situations due to which a runtime errors may occur on your system are when a currently running application conflicts with another process or service running on the system, software problems, system memory problems, a damaged registry and malware infections.
Let’s now go through a five-step process to deal with runtime errors.
Step 1: Detect conflicting program
To detect the program that is conflicting with the application that is generating the runtime error, you need to clean boot the system. To clean boot you need to perform the following steps:
- Run the msconfig command to open the System Configuration Utility dialog box.
- On the General tab, select Selective Startup and clear the following checkboxes under it:
- Process SYSTEM.INI
- Process WIN.INI
- Load Startup Items
- Next, on the Services tab, do the following:
- Select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box
- Select the Disable All button.
- On the Startup tab, select the Disable All button.
- Finally, select the check box of one of the services on the Startup tab and reboot your PC.
After restart, see if the runtime error is generated when you run your application. If the error is generated, then the service you selected on the Startup tab might be causing the conflict. If there is no error, repeat the process for all programs and services on the Startup and Services tab until you find the conflicting program. If you identify the conflicting program in this step, rectify the problem associated with it to resolve your runtime error. Otherwise, proceed further.
Step 2: Update your system
Runtime errors may generate if the files on your system are obsolete or corrupt. This is the reason why it is important for you to regularly update your Windows operating system, device drivers, and software applications with the latest updates, security releases, patches and service packs. These updates help in minimizing several computer errors, enhance system security, and improve the performance of your PC.
Step 3: Detect and remove malware infections
Many computer errors, including runtime errors are caused due to malware infections. Malware programs include virus, Trojans, worms, spyware, adware and many other malicious programs. These programs alter the configuration of your system, infect your applications with malicious codes, steal your confidential information, and cause damage to the registry. By doing this, these programs not only generate errors on your system, but may also cause physical damage to your PC resulting in data loss. Therefore, to prevent malware infections on your PC, you must regularly scan it using efficient antivirus and antispyware tools to detect and remove any malicious file or registry entry from the system.
Step 4: Repair registry errors
Corrupt and invalid entries in the registry may also generate runtime errors on the system. Therefore, one of the important steps in fixing runtime errors is to ensure that your registry is healthy and free of errors. A registry tool such as RegGenie can easily help you in maintaining a healthy registry. Using registry tools, you can easily perform registry maintenance tasks such as scan and repair errors, perform registry backup, and perform registry defragmentation.
Step 5: Identify and repair faulty hardware
If you are still not able to fix the runtime error, then it is quite likely that a hardware or a memory chip on the system is faulty. In this case, you must contact your PC manufacturer or technician to identify the faulty device and get it repaired or replaced.
Driver Update: Many errors are related to driver problems such as obsolete, outdated or incompatible drivers. A driver update tool is recommended to scan your system for corrupted and outdated drivers and to ensure that all your drivers stay up-to-date.