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How to Fix Common Windows 10 Error Codes

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Windows 10 error codes are very common. They usually happen when there is a problem with a certain file or program on your computer. Sometimes these error codes can be fixed by simply restarting your computer, but other times you may need to contact a technician to fix the problem.

1. Restart your computer: This is the most common fix for many Windows 10 error codes

. You will need to restart your computer in order to fix the error code. To restart your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Close all programs and open the Windows 10 Start menu.
  2. Click on the "Shutdown" button.
  3. Click on the "Restart" button.
  4. Choose the "Troubleshoot" option.
  5. Click on the "Advanced options" button.
  6. Click on the "Restart" button again.
  7. Choose the "Repair your computer" option.
  8. Click on the "Repair your computer" button.
  9. Choose the "OK" button.

2. Update your drivers: Outdated or corrupt drivers can cause many problems, including errors

. Windows Update will search for updated drivers for your device and install the most up-to-date drivers available.

  1. Open the Windows Update control panel by clicking the Start button and typing "windows update" in the Search box.
  2. In the Windows Update control panel, click Check for updates.
  3. If there are new drivers available, Windows Update will display them.
  4. If you want to install the drivers, click the Update drivers button.
  5. Windows Update will search for the most up-to-date drivers and install them.

3. Scan for malware: Malware can cause all sorts of problems, including errors

, or slowing down your computer or causing it to crash. To scan for malware, start by opening Windows Defender Security Center. Click on the Scan tab and then select the Scan for malware option. This will open the Windows Defender Antivirus scan window. Here, you can select the type of scan you want to perform. The most common types of scans are for malware, viruses, and spyware. To scan for malware, select the malware scan type. Next, select the files and folders you want to scan. You can also select specific files and folders to scan. Finally, click on the Start scan button. Windows Defender will scan your computer for malware and report any findings to the Windows Defender Security Center.

4. Clean your registry: A cluttered registry can cause all sorts of problems, including errors

. To clean your registry:

  1. Open the Start menu and type "regedit" in the search bar.
  2. Click on the result that appears and then click on the "Registry" tab.
  3. Check the "File types" box and uncheck the "Hide extensions for known file types" box.
  4. Click on the "Clear" button to clear the registry.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Perform a clean boot: A clean boot can help fix many problems, including errors.
  2. Restore Windows to an earlier point: If you're getting errors after installing a new program or driver, you can try restoring Windows to an earlier point.
  3. Run the Windows 10 Troubleshooter: The Windows 10 Troubleshooter can help fix many problems, including errors.
  4. Use System Restore: If you're getting errors after making a change to your system, you can try restoring your system to an earlier point.
  5. Perform a full scan with your antivirus program: This can help find and remove malware that may be causing problems.
  6. Check for hard disk errors: This can help fix errors caused by corrupt or damaged files.