How to Troubleshoot Runtime Error 4

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Run time errors come in many different forms and runtime error 4 is one of the most common. This runtime error usually occurs when one or more of the software programs installed on your computer experiences internal problems which keep them from performing to their full potential. Because the runtime process is interrupted, the software cannot run properly and may not load at all.

Other problems often include bad memory dumps and systems crashes, each of which point to issues that need to be immediately identified and addressed. Runtime error 4 can be a real nuisance but there are ways to get this problem resolved and removed from your computing experience.

What Causes Runtime Error 4?

Runtime error 4 often originates in the Windows registry. This is mainly because each time you install or uninstall an application, records of those actions are stored within the registry. Over time, all those entries result into numerous files that overlap each other. Some installations also go bad and leave your registry congested with corrupt entries. When this happens, the embedded keys cannot function properly, causing the operating system to behave erratically upon starting the computer or trying to run certain programs. If there is any good to draw from this, it is that such issues make themselves known by displaying messages regarding the run time errors.

Getting to the Bottom of Runtime Error 4

Getting rid of runtime error 4 is relatively simple but let's work on pinpointing the problem first. Some run time errors are the direct result of a particular software application. For example, some frequently plague those who are using the Access database program and other Microsoft Office applications. If you receive an error message while working with one of these programs, your best bet would be to reinstall or re-register the application and see if that clears up the issue.

Other run time errors are caused by conflicts between software and hardware installed on your computer. When this is the case, you should learn more about any programs or device drivers that were recently installed. Your software may require an upgraded versions while your drivers could need updates to make the hardware function properly. A quick fix to both issues could be the System Restore utility built into Windows as it will roll back your operating system to a previous state.


Believe it or not, the easiest way to combat all run time errors doesn't require much technical savvy. Technology has allowed software developers to bridge the gap between the average end-user and the computer geek who can troubleshoot complex issues in their sleep. The solution - a good registry cleaning program.

Hence the name, registry cleaners are made to comb the registry and have the ability to identify and repair runtime error 4 and its numerous counterparts. These programs are widely available and highly reliable, offering all the power needed to clear out those bothersome messages and get your computer running like a champ again. There is no guarantee that run time errors will stay away forever, but when they do show up, at least you will have tools available to handle them.

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Jules Peters is a software engineer by profession.
She is now a full-time online technical writer at where her mantra is repair Windows with me.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01