5 Computer Error Messages You’re Sick of Seeing(and how to fix it)

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Error messages giving you a head spin?

It is unusual if you haven't encountered error messages in your entire lifetime of working with your PC. The error messages mostly vary from each other and have individual reasons of their own.

Some of the error messages are common and can be easily fixed if taken certain measures while there are some error messages which are severe and require the attention of an expert in Windows OS. Here we will discuss the five most frequently occurred error messages that the users are sick of seeing.

1.Blue Screen of Death (BSOD): The infamous “Blue screen of Death” is the most commonly appeared ‘error message’ among Windows users. This occurs when the OS meets a ‘Stop error’. The root cause of BSOD is faulty hardware. It is also caused due to issues with low-level software running in the Windows kernel. The ‘Stop error’ causes the OS to stop working and eventually crash. If we take time to read the text that appears during BSOD, we come across “a problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer”. The fourth line will display something like “The problem seems to be caused by….” something in upper case and separated by underscores will be written. Some of the systems have been configured in such a way such that when a BSOD appears, the PC automatically restarts. You have to boot the computer in ‘Safe mode’ in order to fix the issue. After you are done booting the system in safe mode, follow the given steps.

  • Go to settings.
  • Select ‘Update and Recovery’ and click on ‘Recovery’.
  • Click on ‘Restart now’ under the Advanced Setup.
  • After your PC have restarted, Tap on ‘Troubleshoot’ on the ‘Choose an option screen’.
  • Got to ‘Advanced options’.
  • Tap on ‘Startup settings’.
  • Restart your PC again.
  • Choose Safe mode from Startup settings.
  • Login through the Administrator’s account.
  • Perform a clean boot on your OS.

Apart from the above procedure, scanning for malware, reinstalling windows, installing updated drivers and prior checking for faulty drivers can help avoid encountering BSOD’S.

Take note:  BSOD causes data loss. The programs don’t get saved and become inaccessible. They need to save their data so a blue screen of death or other type of error won’t result in data loss. Here is a way you can restore lost data from your partitions.

2. Missing DLL files: 'Missing DLL file' is one annoying error message. The error messages may be of the following types:

  • The .dll file is missing
  • .dll file not found
  • This application failed to start, an important component .dll is missing. Reinstalling the application may fix the error

The most obvious and primary reason is deletion of DLL files. Other possible reasons are 'Overwriting the DLL file', Malware infection, Corrupted or crashed DLL file, Hardware malfunction etc. It also happens when you have removed a program and due to incompletely removed malware. For the missing DLL file lost or damaged by virus, the first step is to remove the virus with reputed antivirus tool .If the message occurs due to deletion or corruption of the files, remove the virus from your system using an anti-virus tool. If the missing DLL file happens to be a non-Windows file, download a new copy from a reliable DLL online directory. The website from which is being downloaded should be safe and genuine. Luckily, if you know which DLL file is deleted, you can restore missing DLL file by downloading it. Reinstalling the program and replacing any missing or damaged program files with their original version will also do the deed. Sometimes, when a program is uninstalled, some of the shared DLL files needed by other programs on your system may also get removed. It is better to run a registry scan to ensure that the DLL error is not caused due to an incorrect DLL entry in the registry.

3.Applications That Won't Install: "Unable to install application" ! Looks familiar right? This occurs when the hard drive in your system does not have enough space. All you need to do is get some free space by deleting unwanted files and folders. It could also be that your OS is missing on some major updates, the applications are failing to get installed. Scan, Clean and Optimize your Hard Drive and your problem will be solved.

4.Applications Run Slowly: Your system is painstakingly slow and it is giving you a really hard time.Your computer may have problems that involve your operating system or an application. The operating system might be missing some vital updates or the system doesn't have enough hard drive space. If you don't have enough hard drive space, you can scan, clean and optimize your hard drive.

5.Abnormal Applications Behavior: Problems involving applications often act strange and leave you baffled.  The application was working fine until recently.For example, your Word document is not showing the top margin of your document. It still says it's there, and when you print it, there's not a problem. You just can't see it on your monitor. Restarting your computer can also be one solution. You can research about the type of problem you're experiencing  on the internet or just consult the user manual.

Also Read:  How to Solve the System Cannot Find the File Specified Error?

You will find a way 🙂

Note: Most of the errors we mentioned above can lead to data loss, fixing these error messages is important but not at the cost of precious data. In case you have experienced data loss, read this comprehensive guide on Computer file recovery.

About the Author: John Harris

With a decade of experience in data recovery, John Harris, Senior Editor at Remo Software, is your go-to specialist. His focus includes partition management, Windows solutions, and data troubleshooting, delivering insightful content that serves both users and search engines. John's expertise shines through in illuminating blog posts, untangling data loss intricacies across diverse storage platforms.…