When someone refers to "runtime" within a computer, he's describing the specific length of time a computer program is in operation. The longer you use an application, the longer its runtime. During an application's runtime, it's quite likely that the program will be undertaking a complex series of tasks and activities. The more complex a process becomes, however, the more likely it is that an error will occur. So-called "runtime errors" occur often enough to be considered a common problem in the world of PC computing. Fortunately, you can quickly diagnose the cause of your runtime error and take the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
Diagnosing Your Runtime Error
If you're suddenly presented with a runtime error warning while using a program on your PC, you'll notice that the error message includes a short numerical code. This code provides a path toward understanding exactly what "went wrong" during runtime. You can do an internet search on the code number displayed to better understand what your computer is trying to tell you.
One of the most common runtime errors which computer users are confronted with is a corrupted registry system. This can happen if you've installed large amounts of software on your computer and have not properly de-installed files after use. The Windows operating system includes registry scanning software which you can use to determine what problems may be affecting your registry if, indeed, this is the cause of your runtime error. During this process, you may discover that you have a virus or some other form of malware affecting your registry as well. If so, you may need to install a credible antivirus program to help eliminate this problem.
Memory Use and Runtime Errors
One of the other common causes of runtime errors is a lack of available computer memory in the form of RAM. Although it may require a financial investment, you can solve this form of runtime error by simply adding more memory to your computer. Once you've added additional RAM, your runtime error problems should resolve themselves entirely. If they haven't, you may need to engage in further research to determine if there's an additional issue within your computer that's causing these problems.
In some situations, a runtime error could be caused by an embedded bug within the application you've opened. If this is the case, you may not be able to resolve the problem at all, as it lies within the code of the application itself.