How to Fix Microsoft XP C++ Runtime Errors

By WayneC

A Visual C++ "runtime error" can cause whatever program a user is using or whatever website a user is looking at to suddenly close. The problem is particularly troublesome for Internet Explorer users, where a pending C++ error can cause the computer to nearly lock up until the error is displayed. Unfortunately, when it is displayed, it usually means Internet Explorer is going to close. One method of fixing frequent C++ error messages is to reset Internet Explorer's settings.

Step 1

Exit all programs. This includes Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" button on the lower-left side of the screen. From the Start menu, select "Run."

Step 3

In the "Run" window, type in "inetcpl.cpl."

Step 4

From the "Internet Options" window, select the "Advanced" tab. Under the "Reset Internet Explorer settings" section, click "Reset" twice.

Step 5

Click "Close" in the "Reset Internet Explorer Settings" window that appears.

Tips & Warnings

  • If this solution does not work, check with Microsoft's Customer Support Services site. (See Source 2)
  • This process will undo any changes you made to Internet Explorer.