Although runtime errors don’t usually cause a program or Windows to stop working, they can be annoying and inconvenient as these hardware or software issues stop your program from working as it should. The error can prevent a feature from being used, corrupt a file and cause errors, or mean that you lose information in any file you were working on.


They can be caused by memory problems with your computer, or by running two software programs that aren’t compatible with each other. Malicious software can also cause runtime errors. Try the following steps, should you encounter one of these errors:

Install the latest updates for the program with the error, as well as for Windows. The Windows update page may list the program update as an optional update.

Click on the start button, then type update in the search box. Click windows update once you see the list of results.

The section about installing Windows updates in Windows 7 will give you more information.


For a solution to the specific error, click on action center.

A report of the problem is usually sent to Microsoft for them to investigate, if a program stops working and you have Windows error reporting activated. The Action center is the place to look for any possible solution to the issue or to see what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

From the start menu, go to the control panel and then go to the review your computer status, which can be found under system and security.

Windows does not come with antivirus software and you should definitely have your own, which should be run if you receive a runtime error. The Action Center may be able to monitor and analyze any antivirus software installed on your computer.

If a program is displaying an error, make sure that there is enough RAM (random access memory) to run that particular program. You can look at the packaging to find the amount of RAM required, or look up the information online.

Causes Of Runtime Errors

Issues With Software

There may be a problem with a particular game, utility or program if the issue doesn’t go away. Any patches or updates that are required should have been downloaded and used, and you can check on the developer’s website to make sure that has been done.

Uninstalling and then reinstalling any software that is causing the problem may be the answer, if there are no updates or patches available. Reinstall the operating system if you experience a runtime error in your operating system.

Plug In, Add On Or Other Software

Extra software installed on your computer associated with a specific program can cause these runtime errors, as can plug ins or add ons. If you suspect that the problem is caused by one of these, you can try uninstalling the software and making sure that you have downloaded any recommended or required updates.

Computer Virus

A runtime error can also be caused by a computer virus, as some of these viruses are able to affect the memory or the system settings on your computer. Always make sure that you have the latest updated .dat file or the latest patch if you are running any antivirus software on your computer.

Of course, it is highly recommended that you have at least one good antivirus program on your computer, and if you do not have one you should buy one. Another option is to temporarily download a demo version to your computer; that way you can use the demo to check for viruses on your hard drive.