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How To Deal With Runtime Error And Fix It

You can come across runtime errors while initiating an application or program and prevent you from using your computer. At times, these glitches are resolved on their own. However, there are times when you require crucial steps to resolve such runtime issues.

If you are stuck with this specific error, then don’t worry. Here, we are going to introduce how to sort out any runtime error in no time.

What is Runtime Error and Why it Occurs?

Runtime error mainly occurs when you launch a specific software or application. There can be various kinds of runtime issues. In most cases, users get stuck with runtime issues after upgrading their Operating System to its latest version. 

You can confront the error on a small popup window with certain error notifications. It also displays specific details about the crashed program, followed by a recommendation to get in touch with a support team to resolve the problem. 

Moreover, you might notice that your device runs sluggishly after the error appears.

Reasons Why Runtime Error Appears

Depending on the program or application, there can be various causative factors that are responsible for the runtime error. 

The particular application might have certain bugs or glitches that may influence the runtime problem.

If your device has been affected by any sorts of malicious components or viruses, you might get stuck with the runtime error.

Other factors such as insufficient storage space, conflicting applications, damaged or outdated hardware can also lead to this error.

How to Fix Runtime Error?

Here are the steps that should be performed in order to resolve the runtime error. So, you can proceed with the underlying section to resolve the error without taking professional assistance.

  • Disable the Microsoft Services Temporarily

If two incompatible programs running simultaneously, then the occurrence of such error is quite a common event. On such occasions, those applications consume system resources heavily. That’s why there may not be sufficient space for running the new application. 

But, if you are not sure about the incompatible applications, we suggest you disable the unnecessary applications to resolve the runtime error. Thus, you can use the Windows Task Manager to close all the unwanted applications and reopen the programs you want to run.

  • Press the Windows logo + R key to initiate the Run window. Then write “ msconfig” into the Run dialog box and hit the Enter key.
  • Once the System Configuration window appears on the screen, open the General tab. Now locate the “Load startup items” option. You will find this option under Selective startup.
  • After you locate the option, remove the tick mark from the checkbox to uncheck it. Next, open the Service tab and hit the “ Hide all Microsoft Services” option.
  • From the appeared list, choose all the services and applications and hit the “Disable All” button.
  • Save the new changes by tapping on the Apply as well as the OK button.

Once done, reboot your device to let the new changes take effect.

  • Run the Program in Safe Mode

In most cases, Safe Mode helps to resolve the hardware and software related problems. To proceed with this solution, have a look below.

Step 1: Open the Start menu and go to the Settings. Choose the “Update and Security” from the Settings menu. Thereafter, choose the “Recovery” button and hit the “Reboot Now” option.

Step 2: After rebooting your device, you will be redirected to the Windows Recovery Environment. Next, select the “Troubleshoot” button from the appeared menu and open the Advanced Options.

Step 3: Navigate to the “Startup Settings” and hit the “Restart” button. As soon as you perform this instruction, the Windows will reboot into the Startup Settings page. 

Now, you can enter into the Safe Mode by pressing the F5 or F6 function key.

  • Scan your Device for Malicious Components

It is possible that the malicious components trigger runtime issues with certain programs. To overcome such situations, it is necessary to run a reliable anti-malware application to disinfect viruses and malware.

For this purpose, you can use the Windows Defender, which is a built-in antimalware application in every version of Windows. To run this in-built tool, follow these steps.

  • Open “Settings” and navigate to the “Update and Security” section.
  • Under “Update and Security”, tap on the “Windows Defender”.
  • Navigate to the “Windows Defender Security Center” and hit the “Virus and threat protection module”.
  • Initiate the virus scan on some common locations, then hit the “Quick Scan” button.
  • Once the scanning process gets over, Windows Defender will show you the scanning result.

We hope after removing the malicious components, the Runtime error should be removed from your device.

  • Repair or Reinstall the Visual C++ Runtime

If the runtime issue involves Microsoft Visual C++, then you must repair or reinstall the application to sort it out. Here are the specific steps to repair or reinstall Microsoft Visual C++.

Steps to Repair Microsoft Visual C++

  • Open the Run dialog box and type “cpl”. Hit the Enter button to run the command.
  • Go through the available list and disable all the Microsoft Visual C++ related runtimes.

Note: Don’t disable Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 and 2012 runtime versions.

  • From the result window, hit the “Repair” or “Close” button.

Steps to Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++

  • Initiate the Run window and write “appwiz.cpl”.
  • Press the Enter key in order to proceed further.
  • From the available menu list, locate the Microsoft Visual C++ programs. 
  • Right-tap on them one by one and hit the “Uninstall” button.
  • Confirm the process by tapping on the OK button twice.

In case, repairing or reinstalling Microsoft Visual C++ doesn’t troubleshoot runtime error, try the remaining fixes.

  • Execute a Clean Boot

Clean booting allows you to run your device only with the necessary applications and services. This will prevent loading the third-party applications that might cause the runtime issue. To execute the clean boot, follow the instructions cited below.

Follow the first four steps in method 1 and disable all the unnecessary applications by hitting the “Disable All” button.

Open the Startup menu and hit the “Open Task Manager” button. In the next window, if any application has its status as Enabled, then disable it following the on-screen instructions.

  • Disable the Compatibility Mode

Compatibility mode is a feature that enables the user to run outdated applications on the computer. But, sometimes, it creates various problems including the runtime issue. To resolve the problem, we recommend you to disable the compatibility mode.

From the Windows programs, locate the conflicting application. Then, proceed to right tap on it and open its “Properties” window. Navigate to the Compatibility tab and uncheck the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” option. Afterward, hit the OK button in order to apply the new modifications.

  • Roll Back the Display Driver

After performing all the above methods, if “Runtime Error” still appears, then you must try to rollback the display driver. A majority of users claim that after rolling back the display driver, the error gets removed from their devices. Here’s how you can perform this method.

  • Press the Windows logo along with the X key to initiate the functions list. Once the functions list invokes, look for the Device Manager.
  • Open the Device Manager window and expand the “Display adapter” section.
  • From the available menu, choose your display adapter and right tap on it to invoke the Properties window.
  • Now, go to the Driver tab and hit the “Roll Back Driver” button.

After rolling back the display driver if the error shows up, then you may have to reinstall it.