Don't you hate it
when you see this error:
"This program has preformed an illegal operation and will be shut
It can happen for
a variety of reasons. In my experience, most of the time it's due to
a software conflict of some sort, usually with a program that's running
in the background.
If you find you
have a bunch of stuff sitting in your system tray (it's the little box
opposite the Start button on the taskbar), you may find that shutting
down some of those programs will help tremendously (most have an option
to shut down if you right-click their icon) . It's usually one of them
that's the culprit (RealPlayer causes *lots* of problems), especially
if the program with the problem seems to be the only thing running.
You can also use
the CTRL-ALT-DEL key combination to shut programs down manually, but
you also run the risk of accidently shutting your computer down (Don't
close Explorer or Systray). Only do this after you've shut down all
your system try icons and are continuing to have problems.
If you shut all
of those background programs down and still haven't resolved the conflict,
you may have a Windows driver that's messing things up. Try booting
to Safe Mode and running the program. (To get to Safe Mode, hit the
F8 key just as Windows starts to boot, before the first Windows loading
screen comes up). If all works well in safe mode, you may have to re-install
or update your drivers.
is the program has a corrupted file. Try uninstalling then re-installing
If you're still
having problems, contact the program's vender and see if they know what's
going on. Although they may not be able to help you, it's still worth
a try. Keep in mind that every computer is as unique as you and I once
we start using it, so sometimes even the guy who wrote the program won't
know why it's causing a problem on your machine and no one else's.
I can usually resolve
the illegal operation problem by taking the steps above. Don't panic
if you see this error message crop up from time to time at random intervals.
It happens, usually after Windows has been running awhile without a
re-boot. Only take the actions above if the problem appears every time,
or almost every time, you use a particular program.
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