Runtime Error Repair

by Rod Dunne on May 5, 2011

in Articles, Registry Cleaners Articles, Tips and Tools

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There are a number of different options for trying to complete a runtime error repair. In this article I’ll go through some of the key ways I use to repair these types of faults, or simply workaround the issue.

Updating the program files

A runtime error invariably relates to one specific application or software tool. I can work this out by checking any exception codes or pop-up messages and searching online for what application these relate to. I then download and install whatever updates are available for the program which will reset registry key settings as well as fix DLL issues and device driver problems (by overwriting files with new updated versions).

Application updates generally include DLL files and new drivers as these are prone to changing on a regular basis.

Using registry cleaners/PC repair tools

One of the problems with runtime error repair is that the issue may not lie with a specific application. The problem may be that some registry setting that is shared amongst applications has been damaged (e.g. by a specific application change/update or through virus corruption).

The easiest way to repair this is to run a registry cleaner or online PC repair tool such as XP Repair Pro to scan the registry file for faults which can be repaired.

Run System File Checker in Windows 2000/XP

One of the nice utilities included in Windows 2000/XP was the System File Checker program [go to the Start menu, Run program, type in SFC.exe]. It is able to scan your system for any damage done to operating system programs and the registry file and attempts to rectify these faults directly.

It is not be able to fix DLL issues where the file is missing but could repair registry settings referencing operating system programs.

Last resort: Use System Restore

The final option for a runtime error repair is to consider using System Restore. Windows maintains backup copies of key operating system files and applications on the hard drive which are updated and date stamped every time you run Windows update or install a new application.

The tool can restore your operating system back to these earlier file versions in order to replace your currently damaged settings or programs. This is more of a workaround than an actual fix.
Accessible through 2 methods:

  1. As Windows boots, go to the advanced menu options and choose the ‘last known good configuration’.
  2. Once Windows is running, go to Accessories/System Tools/System Restore. This utility provides you with a calendar of updated versions so you can pick one out of several previous date-stamped versions to complete the error repair.

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