Windows EXE Error Fixes
We provide in-depth solutions and walkthroughs to help solve common Windows® EXE (executable files) and service code errors. Our goal is to eliminate these problems and they headaches they cause for PC users.
Most of the time, it’s difficult to understand the error messages that pop up on your screen when you experience an application EXE error. It could be the software application itself, an internal Windows® problem (possibly a registry issue or corrupt device driver) or an actual PC hardware device such as faulty RAM or a failing hard drive.
EXE Files Explained…
.EXE is the file name extension referencing an executable file (i.e. a software program) in Windows® operating system. These files run your programs and also contain other embedded resources such as bit maps, windows icons, etc. which the software might call and use for it’s user interface, or better known as a GUI.
So What Exactly Causes EXE Errors?
There are multiple reasons why running an EXE file could cause your program to crash:
- Malicious Software: Direct PC infections such as computer viruses, backdoor trojans, malware, keyloggers and spyware. These programs are usually installed without the users content (or knowledge) through either different websites on the Internet or as email attachments. If executed, they attempt to take control or modify important registry entries or .EXE files critical for your PC operating system to function properly.
- Application Conflicts: Running multiple software applications that are conflicting with one another.
- Incomplete Installation: While attempting to launch a setup.exe or install.exe file, the software installer locks up, looses connection (if installing through a web browser), or crash during install. This can cause corrupt registry entries and trigger EXE errors.
- Missing or Corrupt Device Drivers: All your computer hardware devices use a small software file known as a device driver (or .INF) file. These files give specific instructions to the Windows® operating system (and other devices) ob how to interact with the device. If your have a device in your computer that is faulty, such a failing hard drive, it can cause a direct fault in the driver causing an .EXE error.
How Can You Fix EXE Errors?
We recommend you use a combination of three software programs to fix and prevent EXE errors:
- Always protect your PC with an anti-virus software program.
- Run a recommended registry cleaner to remove and repair corrupt Windows® registry entries on your computer. This can prevent future problems and software crashes.
- Keep your PC Drivers updated. The easiest way to ensure you have all the correct device drivers on your computer is to use an up-to-date driver software tool. We recommend DriverFinder.