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Fix PC Errors : Windows Error


Understanding Windows Errors

It used to be that barely anybody had a computer in their household. Computers were only for people who had a great deal of money or for those whose industries demanded such expensive equipment. Now, however, computers are found in almost every household, and in most households, it is extremely important for them to be working at all times. Unfortunately, there has been no computer invented yet which is fool-proof and which never gets any viruses or has any problems. When you have a serious computer problem, it can cause the computer to shut down completely.

What Are Windows Errors?

When you get a Windows error message, what are you seeing? When you have a car and there is something wrong with the engine, the car sometimes makes a clunking or whining sound. This instantly alerts you to the fact that there is something wrong with your engine that needs to be checked and fixed. A computer doesn't tend to make noises (and if it does, something is very seriously wrong), so it has to tell you that something is wrong in a different way. The best way a computer can tell you that something is wrong is to give you an error message.

Computers are much smarter than vehicles, and they know when something is missing. When a computer program tries to access a file that isn't there, the computer will alert you to the fact that the file is missing, or to the fact that it can't read the file that you need it to read. If this is the problem, you need to fix the computer or the program before you can go on to your original purpose. Listed here are some of the most common issues as well as some quick ways to fix Windows errors you might experience.

Cannot Find .exe

When you get a message from Windows that says it cannot open an .exe file, it simply means that the file is not where it is supposed to be. In order to fix this problem, simply open up your search bar and type in the file that the computer says it is looking for. Once you find it, right-click on it while holding down the shift key. This will bring up a context menu. Select the "open with" option and locate the program on your hard drive that you want to open the file with. Make sure that you check the box that you'll see that says "always open with" so that you can be sure that this program will always run the file and you won't have this particular problem anymore.

If you can't find the .exe file that you're supposed to have, do a complete uninstall and reinstall the program. This should help to reboot everything and should make it possible for the program to work again.

Incorrect Programs

Sometimes you click on a file and the incorrect program opens to view it with. If this happens, it is because the program is associated incorrectly with the registry. For example, you try to open up a document and your media player opens. In order to fix this, hold down the shift key and double-click on the file that you're trying to open. Select the program that you want to use to open the file and make sure, again, to select "always open with" to prevent this same problem from re-occurring.

Install Error

Install errors may pop-up and tell you that the installer service cannot be accessed. This is usually a fault of a damaged registration service. In order to fix Windows errors like this, open the CMD.EXE prompt and type in "msiexec/unregister" and then press enter. Then, type in "msiexec/regserver" and press enter. The problem should then be solved.

Out of Memory

An out of memory error can be very frustrating, as you may believe that you have a serious problem going on and that you need to upgrade your memory. In many cases, however, it is basically a catchall error that occurs when the computer has something wrong but it can't determine exactly what the problem is. It might be caused by some poor programming in an application. The problem might be easily fixed by having less applications opened at once, restarting an application or by rebooting. If the problem consistantly occurs in one application then you might want to use an alternative that uses less resources.

Registry Errors

If you get the message "Windows encountered an error accessing the system registry" whenever you turn on the computer, you should click the Ctrl-Alt-Delete command in order to shut down the registry checker. Then search on the Windows drive for User.dat. If there are no bytes next to it, it is a bad file and should be deleted. You can replace it with one from the Windows folder or you can download a new one from the Windows web site.

It's a good idea to maintain your Windows Registry by running a reputable registry cleaning program on a regulare basis. 

Fatal Errors

The word fatal is something that is very scary to see on a computer. A fatal exception message is a code that you can receive telling you that your computer is unable to access specific information. For instance, it may be because it found bad code or because wrong data has been discovered by the computer. The best way to fix Windows errors like these is to reboot the computer. If that does not get rid of the problem, you may have to do a bit more of a search to see what is missing and how to fix it.

Data Not Displaying

Sometimes people will have a problem where the date is not always displayed correctly. This often is just a problem for certain programs. If this is a problem that you have, you should check in two different places on your computer. In RegEdit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International a value name of "sShortDate" should display the format you want. Example: "mm/dd/yy". If the value name "sShortDate" does not exist here, then your machine is set to the default "m/d/yy". However, you may wish to add the value name and a setting. You will also need to check the Win.ini file, look for the section "[intl]" and set sShortDate=mm/dd/yy or whatever format you wish.

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