Free Fix for a Runtime Error

By Andrea Carson

Runtime errors can be fixed with some ease since they are usually displayed with an accompanying number or explanation of the type of error. They can be caused by a program running in the background, which causes a conflict with the current application by putting it in a “Terminate and Stay Resident” (TSR) state. Computer viruses can cause conflicts that will return runtime errors, or there could be problems with computer memory limitations. Different fixes may be required depending on the type of runtime errors received.

Trapping the Error

There are a few things you can do to try to resolve the error. It helps if you are able to identify what may be causing the problem. First, close all running programs and reboot the computer. Open only the program you were trying to run when the error occurred. If you get the same error, it could be the result of a program (or programs) running in the background. If you are running third-party software applications, check the developer’s website to make sure you have the latest updates and patches that may be available. If none of these solutions work, run a scan on your computer to see whether there are any viruses that may be causing the conflict. Finally, you could uninstall and reinstall the program to see whether that corrects the problem.

Error Codes

Here is an abbreviated list of some of the more common runtime error codes. They may be helpful in finding the proper solution to your runtime error problem:

Illegal Function Call – Code 5 Out of Memory – Code 7 Type Mismatch – Code 13 File Not Found – Code 53 Disk Full – Code 61 Device Not Available – Code 68 Permission Denied – Code 70 Command Failed – Code 102 Argument or Type Mismatch – Code 439

Where to Find Free Fixes

Microsoft Corporation offers patches and fixes for a variety of problems that can occur with its software, and these fixes are often free to download from the Microsoft website. If you are running third-party software applications in a Windows environment, check with the developer’s website to see whether it has fixes available or is in the process of developing one. If you are able to determine the cause of the runtime errors, here are some options that can help:

Error Fix 3.3 listed as freeware that can be downloaded from

RegCure offers help for runtime and registry errors, file extension and DLL errors. Download this program at:

If none of the above suggestions are suitable, try visiting, where you will find several more free downloadable options.