Access Violation Errors


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Lately we have been seeing an increase in Access Violation errors.  In simple terms, an access violation error means that a computer program is trying to access a memory location that is already in use.  With programs becoming more demanding on the amount of memory they require and people using under powered or older computers, this type error is showing up more and more frequently.

Sometimes you can simply close the program and open it again and resolve the error.  Personally though, I would rather restart the computer system.  This ensures that anything that may be stuck in the computer’s memory gets flushed and you start fresh.  If restarting the computer does not resolve an access violation error, you could have either a corrupted program installation or corrupted data.  Those cases are rare though.

One thing that can help minimize these errors is to periodically restart the computer.  I normally recommend doing that on a daily basis.  There are two schools of thought on that subject too.  Some folks say you should never restart your system.  The reason this became prevalent was because it would create a slight electrical surge through the system as it was started and this surge would weaken components and cause premature failure.  With the advances that have been made in electronic components and specifically computers, that is no longer a concern.  You’ll outgrow your computer long before you would ever damage it by restarting on a daily basis.  The other school of thought is that you should restart daily.  These folks (and I’m one of them) believe that by restarting the system on a daily basis you stand a much better chance of avoiding problems such as access violations.