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General protection fault errors

Why do I get General Protection Fault errors?

A GPF or General Protection Fault is a common Windows error in all versions. The error can crash the running application that caused the error and often crash Windows itself. When you receive the error, you will lose all unsaved data and be returned to the desktop and/or possibly need to reboot the machine. The cause of the errors can range from buggy or corrupt software to hardware disk errors.

Here are some potential fixes:

– Go to the Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools and run scandisk and perform a defrag. (The location of the built in utilities might be different depending upon which version of Windows you are running. Another option for fixing drive errors is to invest in Norton Utilities. The software is more thorough in detecting errors and defragmenting your hard drives. A disk scan should be performed on a regular basis to prevent problems.

– Try to download an updated version of the software that is causing the GPF

– If there is no particular piece of software, make sure you are running the latest version of the operating system

– You may be able to solve the problem by uninstalling the program and then reinstalling it. This may work if there are files that have been corrupted. 

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