How to Get Rid of an Access Violation

by Rachel Moore

There are several causes of access violation problems on your computer. The most common causes result from registry errors. The registry is part of the Windows operating system that holds all the information regarding your software programs and hardware. Registries get bogged down over time, and the result can be computer crashes, sluggishness and display errors. There are many registry cleaner software programs available that eliminate access violation errors. You can download the programs for free or for a fee. We demonstrate the procedure using one such program, RegTool.

Download RegTool from the Access Violation website. Click the "Get your copy of RegTool Here" link. When prompted click "Save File." RegTool is designed for Windows 98/XP/ME/2000, certified for Windows Vista and compatible with Windows 7. It's also certified by Softpedia, meaning it's free of spyware, adware and viruses.

Open the file when prompted. A dialogue box appears asking: "Do you want to run this file?" Choose Run. Select Next on the Welcome to the Registry Tool Setup Wizard. Accept the license agreement and proceed with the installation.

Click the Start Scan button. The software scans, finds and repairs Windows registry errors and performs other types of scans.

Deselect all the checked items except "registry entries on your PC." The scan brings back a list of preselected items you can remove from your computer such as junk files and privacy items. Leave all items checked if you want them removed from your computer.

Click the Repair All button. This removes all the checked items from your computer, including the registry errors that cause access violations.


  • check Perform a scan at least once a week.
  • check RegTool offers a free version, a 30-day trial version and a full version. As of early 2010, the full version costs $34.95.

About the Author

Based in Little Rock, Rachel Moore began her freelance writing career in 1993. Her articles have appeared in the Arkansas "Democrat Gazette," Little Rock "Free Press" and the "Arkansas Times." Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science/pre-law from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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