What Is A Runtime Error?
There cannot be many folks who use a Windows driven PC who have not suffered a Runtime error at some point.
So, it is probably helpful to know what such an error actually is, how it might occur and, more importantly, how to go about fixing Runtime errors when they happen.
Basically, everything that makes Windows run is contained in what is known as the system registry.
Below this are a multitude of smaller individual programs that together make up the operating system, and below those programs are thousands of files and filers.
Each of these ‘sub-programs’, files and folders has a vital role to play in making sure that Windows performs to its maximum capabilities, and thus, if anything in the registry is damaged or missing completely, then the whole of the Windows system can be compromised.
Some problems can be difficult to find and decipher.
Not so a Runtime error!
A Runtime error message appearing on your PC simply tells you that Windows has tried to access a file or memory bit that is not available, due to some form of damage.
The major problem with such an error is that often the popup box that the Runtime error prompts tells you nothing more helpful than the fact that Windows will now close!
Commonly, this will necessitate a complete PC shutdown and reboot.
So, whilst Runtime errors are relatively simple to explain, they can be a major headache to handle and deal with nevertheless!
How Do Runtime Errors Occur?
Given the explanation in the last section about the make-up of your Windows operating system, it must be relatively obvious that your PC is driven by a very complex and highly developed software system.
There are literally millions of individual components that go into making up the Windows registry as a whole, and the appearance of a Runtime error tells you that either a single element or a group of them within that system have become damaged.
Thus, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of possible causes of Runtime errors!
However, we know that such errors are caused by changes or modifications of the Windows operating system itself, and, knowing this, the first question to ask is, did you prompt the occurrence of this error by making some such changes?
Did you recently install a new program, or uninstall a program that was already there?
If so, you have your answer right there, in all probability.
Unfortunately, it will not always be so simple to understand what caused the error to arise.
Every time that you open your internet browser to view a website Windows will attempt to access a file or a series of files, to make sure that the site in question runs correctly. If that process fails for some reason, you have a Runtime error.
Then there will be times that your PC itself might cause a problem without any input from you at all.
Simple conflicts between sub-programs of Windows or perhaps the underlying files and folders have caused the Runtime error to happen.
The first that you know about it is when he error screen shows itself, by which time it is too late to do anything, or to stop Windows closing down, as it often automatically does when a Runtime error occurs.
How To Repair Runtime Errors
Before moving on to the some more advanced techniques for repairing Runtime errors, there are a couple of basic solutions that you might try.
The first is to attempt to make sure all of your system files are okay.
To some extent, this will depend on the version of Windows that you are running.
If using WinXP, for example, you can try restoring your system by clicking Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools and then System Information.
Then, select Tools, Net Diagnostics and run a Windows Scan of your system.
Your system may (or may not) be able to tell you what the problem is.
The second thing that you could try would be a complete uninstall of Internet Explorer, followed by a total re-install.
However, you should be aware that this is not at all as easy as it might sound, and, unless you are very certain that you know what you are doing, this is really not a recommended course of action.
The simplest, quickest and most efficient way of locating and then fixing all of the errors within the registry of your PC is to use a professional quality software program like SpeedyPC to scan the whole of your Windows registry (for free) and then fix every error that it finds there.
Trust me, if you have not run such a scan before, you will be amazed how many defects SpeedyPC will find and fix.
Bottom line is that, to protect your registry and your PC, it is always worth running such a program at least once a week anyway, just to be on the safe side!