5 Most Common Windows Error (And How to Solve Them)

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Errors are the annoying part that every Windows users hate and unfortunately, Windows does have quite a bit of them. But since Windows comes bundled with so many utilities and features along with a lot of other benefits, it is still very popular and no one will give up on it any time soon for that matter. But still, seeing an error message pop up while you are in the middle of something serious is very frustrating.

All the new versions of Windows comes with its own set of errors and the ways on how to solve them are all vague. Hence, a lot of people resort to completely wiping off the operating system and re-installing it and this will solve the error most of the times. But what if you keep encountering some errors so often? Then this solution turns out to be a huge pain. To make it easier on you so that you don’t have to uninstall and re-install an entire OS, here I have discussed the 5 most common Windows errors in detail along with ways to solve these problems.

1. SuperFetch

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Officially, SuperFetch is given the description that it ‘maintains and improves system performance over time’ but that is very vague in itself and let us look into what exactly SuperFetch is. This feature was introduced since Windows Vista and it just runs in the background and was intended to make your applications launch faster and to improve the speed of your system by pre-loading programs that you use frequently into the RAM. As it is, even though it was designed to make your system perform better, there are still some problems that can arise when SuperFetch is running in the background and they are listed below:

  • If your Windows 10 is installed on an SSD, the performance gain of SuperFetch won’t be noticeable as SSDs are fast enough that pre-loading s not required.
  • If your HDD runs at 100% for a few minutes every time you start or restart your device, SuperFetch could be the problem. This might be because SuperFetch is preloading data from your HDD to RAM.
  • It is also heard to be causing performance issues while gaming, especially on systems with 4GB RAM or less.

You can get rid of all these problems by simply disabling SuperFetch. It is not recommended that you do it but doing it is risk-free and you can always turn it on if you want to. To disable SuperFetch, follow the steps given below.

  1. Launch the Services app by opening the Start menu and searching for ‘Services’.
  2. You will find the SuperFetch service option as you scroll down. Right click on the option and click ‘Stop’.
  3. To prevent SuperFetch from running automatically, right click on the¬†SuperFetch option and select ‘Properties’. Under the ‘General’ tab, find the ‘Startup Type’ and change it to ‘Disabled’.

That is it. SuperFetch is now disabled and you can always turn it back on if you ever want to.

2. Whea_uncorrectable_Error

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The ‘Whea_uncorrectable_Error’ that you see on a blue screen on Windows versions 8.1 and 10 can be because of any one of the two possible reasons – either your drivers aren’t compatible with your operating system or you have encountered a hardware failure. If you are especially unlucky, you may be getting this error because of multiple hardware failures like hard drive not responding, or if something is wrong with the RAM or maybe something is not working properly on the main board. But worry not as there are a few things that you can do to fix this problem and we have listed the simplest and effective one of them all below.

Solution 1 – Disable Overclock in BIOS

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ menu and go to ‘Settings’.
  2. Now, go to ‘Update and Security’ and then choose the ‘Recovery’ tab.
  3. Click on ‘Restart Now’ in the ‘Advanced Startup’ and your system will restart.
  4. On Advanced startup, go to ‘Troubleshoot’, then ‘Advanced Options’ and then ‘UEFI Firmware Settings’.¬†Click ‘Restart’ again.
  5. After the system has restarted, the BIOS will be opened automatically and again go to the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  6. Pilot to ‘Performace’ and you will find an option called ‘Overlocking’. Make sure that it is disabled.
  7. Save changes to BIOS by pressing F10 and start your device normally.

If all goes well, after disabling overclocking, you won’t be facing the error anymore. If this doesn’t work, then you can try starting your Windows in Safe Mode and update the drivers one by one to see if one of the drivers caused this error to appear. Reboot the device after updating the drivers and your problem should be solved. Note that updating drivers manually is risky and using a driver update tool is recommended.

3. Vulkan Run Time Libraries

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Vulkan Run Time Library is not a malware or a virus, neither is it a problem in itself that needs to be fixed and you will be fine leaving it just as it is. It is a tool used in 3D gaming and not all the games use it except for some popular ones like Dota 2, Unity among others. Vulcan is a new graphics standard and Vulkan Run Time Libraries installs on your PC without any permission or notification. It is actually a 3D Graphics API which comes bundled together with the Nvidia driver. As it gets installed without any kinds of notification, it is sometimes mistaken for malware, especially after the win32/subtab!blnk virus.

It is recommended that you simply leave this program on your computer and not fuss about it. But if you still want to remove Vulkan Run Time Libraries, then go to the ‘Control Panel’ and select ‘Uninstall a program’ option. Here, scroll down until you find Vulkan Run Time Libraries, click on it and select ‘Uninstall’. That is it. Your system is now free of Vulkan Run Time Libraries.

4. No Bootable Device

No Bootable Device is another common error that many users come across when they try to start their device. This error usually happens after you try to reboot your computer to fix some problems or when you add a new hard drive. There are many possible reasons for this error – incorrect boot order, hard drive or partition not detected, faulty MBR are some of the few reasons for this problem among others. But there are a few easy ways to fix this issue that you can try out and see which one works out for your system.

Solution 1 – Check your boot order

  1. Enter the BIOS (there are instructions for this online that you can follow). Now, press the right arrow key until the ‘Boot’ tab is opened.
  2. Move your hard drive to the top of the boot order list.

That is it. Your error should be fixed now. If it isn’t, try out the next solution.

Solution 2 – Fix boot information of your system

  1. Plug in the Windows installation media into your device and boot from it. You can find instructions online on how to boot from a CD, DVD or a USB drive.
  2. Select your language and region and click on the ‘Repair your computer’ option.
  3. For Windows 10 installation media, select ‘Troubleshoot’ and then click on ‘Command Prompt’. If you are using a Windows 7 media, in ‘System Recovery Options’, select the first radio box (‘Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair.’) and then select the ‘Windows 7’ option from the list of the systems. Then click on ‘Next’. After that click on ‘Command Prompt’.
  4. Type in the following lines one by one inside the command prompt and press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard after each command. If you are asked whether you want to ‘add a new installation to boot list’, press ‘Y’ and then press ‘Enter’.
  • bootrec/fixmbr
  • bootrec/fixboot
  • bootrec/scanos
  • bootrec/rebuildbcd

After typing in the above commands, exit the command prompt and restart your computer and most probably, the problem will be solved. The No Bootable Device error may also be caused due to corrupt files in your operating system. You can try resetting your system and see if that fixes the problem if this solution doesn’t work either.

5. Blue Screen of Death

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The Blue Screen of Death or BSOD is never a pleasant sight to see and it appears when Windows encounters some critical errors from which it can’t recover because of low level software crashes or faulty hardware. The only thing that Windows can do now is to restart the device which is not good as it can cause loss of data as programs won’t be able to save their open data. Blue screens look different depending on the Windows version your device is running. But unlike the grim name, the problem is not that big a deal and there are many things that you can try out to solve this issue.

In Windows versions 7, 8 and 10, you can troubleshoot the blue screen information using the ‘Action Center’. In Windows 7, open the control panel and select ‘System and Security’. In Windows 8 and 10, open Control Panel and go to ‘Security and Maintenance’. In the ‘Maintenance’ section, you will be able to check for solutions to existing problems. Windows 8 and 10 actually perform this troubleshooting step automatically when your PC restarts after a BSOD.

But if Windows can’t fix this problem by itself, you will have to scour the web for a solution. Take a look at the blue screen or the minidump file for the specific error like ‘Stop Error’ or something like ‘0x00000024’ or ‘Driver_IRQL_not_less_or_equal’. Do a search of the particular error on the internet and you will find a solution in no time. If you still have trouble finding a good solution to your problem, try some of the additional tips below.

  • Use System Restore to reset software back to the previous state.
  • Install updated drivers from your computer manufacturer’s website.
  • Scan for Malware.
  • Try booting into Safe Mode to see if the problem is caused by a driver you have installed as only the essential drivers are loaded by Windows when in Safe Mode.
  • Check for hardware problems like overheating and errors in memory.
  • If none of these works for you, try resetting Windows or perform a clean install.

If your computer still continues to have BSOD, then most probably, the problem is with your hardware. If your device regularly experiences BSOD, then it is a problem but it only experiences it once in a few years, then it is better not to worry about it.

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