Fix Runtime Error 226

Runtime error 226 may appear on your screen when Windows is starting up or when you are opening/running an application such as Internet Explorer on your computer.

The following are some of the common causes of runtime error 226:

  • Insufficient memory
  • Malware infection
  • Damaged or corrupt core Window files
  • Broken software installation
  • Missing or damaged application files
  • Corrupt Windows registry

Depending on the cause of runtime error 226, you may perform the following steps to repair the error:

Upgrade your RAM

If you suspect insufficient memory is causing runtime error 226, upgrade the RAM of your computer.

Perform a malware scan

Besides slowing down your computer, malware infections are also known to cause various runtime errors, such as runtime error 226 on your computer. If you suspect your PC might be infected with malware, run a malware scan on your entire computer using advanced and reliable protective tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease.

If scan results show the presence of malware programs or processes, immediately remove them. Restart your Windows computer and check to see if runtime error 226 is fixed.

Run the System File Checker command

System File Checker is a command-line utility that initiates the Windows File Protection service. This utility scans all the protected Windows files to ensure their integrity is intact. If any protected file is found to be damaged, missing, or is of an incorrect version, the System File Checker replaces it with the correct version of the file from the cache folder or from the Windows Installation disk.

To run System File Checker, perform the following steps:

Note: You need to be logged in with administrative rights to run the System File Checker command and you may be prompted to insert your Windows installation disk. So, keep your Windows Installation CD handy when running this command.

  1. Click Start and then click the Run utility.
  2. In the Open box type sfc and press Enter.

After you run the sfc command, download and install the latest Windows updates. If you use Windows XP or Windows Vista, enable the built-in Automatic Update feature so that Windows updates are automatically downloaded and installed on your computer.

Download any available updates and patches for your software

If the error persists, the problem could be due to outdated, damaged, or missing software files. Visit the website of the software’s manufacturer and see if there are any updates or security patches available. If yes, download them.

If you still get the runtime error 226, uninstall and reinstall the software. To ensure complete un-installation of the software, use either a reliable third-party uninstaller tool, such as Perfect Uninstaller, or use the built-in Add or Remove Programs utility. Next, reinstall the latest version of the software on your computer.

Perform a registry scan

A corrupt or damaged Windows registry can cause all sort of problems, including recurring runtime error 226. To fix runtime errors, run a registry scan using an efficient registry cleaning utility, such as RegServe. It is an excellent tool that uses advance algorithms to perform deep registry scans and removes all the reported incorrect, damaged, or corrupt registry entries.