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How To Fix Runtime Errors

A runtime error is typically an error that is generated when the PC is running a program and experiences an issue of some sort. For example, a runtime error such as runtime error code 7 indicates an "out of memory" issue.

Runtime errors are generally caused by conflicts with TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs or other running programs, software issues, memory issues or computer viruses.

Troubleshooting a Runtime Error:
  1. First, enter the runtime error code into a search engine to see what information you can find about the exact runtime issue you are having.
  2. Next, end-task all running TSRs and programs to be sure these are not the root of your problem. You can do this by accessing the task manager by hitting Control + Alt + Delete.
  3. If your problem is consistently happening with a particular program, go that program developer's website and download any updates and patches. If not available, try uninstalling the program in question and reinstalling it.
  4. If the problem is happening with the operating system, you might consider reinstalling it though this is a big commitment. A better idea is to attempt a repair for either Windows XP or Windows 2000. You can scan and repair files by going to the Start button, Run, typing: sfc /scannow and then pressing enter. Be sure to place a space between sfc and the slash.
  5. Update your virus and anti-spyware programs' definition file and run a thorough scan because viruses and spyware are both capable of causing these errors.
  6. If these steps haven't solved your runtime errors, you may have a hardware or memory issue. If this is the case, contact the tech support of the program in question for possible support followed by the computer or motherboard manufacturer.
Many runtime errors can be resolved by updating the program that is generating the error. This is because developer's often release patches and updates to their software as bugs are discovered and fixed. Visit the developer of the program's website and search for patches, hot fixes or updates.

Memory issues can often be solved by rebooting the computer. Consider a re-boot a temporary fix. Rebooting clears the memory but if your PC doesn't have sufficient memory for the programs you are running, or sufficient hard drive space you will quickly run out of memory again. Double check that your hard drive has at least 100 to 500 MB of free space. Anything less than this amount will cause memory issues because the computer's swap file is not able to expand in size as needed.

To check the amount of free space, open My Computer and right-click on the hard drive, usually the C: drive. Choose Properties from the menu and view the disk's capacity. If space is low, perform the disk cleanup function by clicking the Disk Cleanup button and following the prompts.

If your memory chip is actually failing, you could be receiving runtime errors. Removing and replacing the bad memory chip will resolve the problem. If you are experiencing other runtime-related errors, such as an install runtime problem, you should try cleaning out the erroneous parts of your registry with RegCure.

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