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#1 heshie75v

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:27 AM

I am currently running Win Xp and all of a sudden I am getting Stack Overflow errors on my pc, while running windows explorer.
What is a stackoverflow and how do I correct this?
The actuall messasge is 'Stack OVerflow at LIne A'

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:20 AM

MS Guidance, Stack Overflow

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:22 AM

As per Lorry over at allexperts.com,

Technically a programmer's error, a stack overflow happens when a program runs low on a specific type of memory. The memory is called the stack, and it's used to store information for the program like a scratch pad.

The problem is that the stack has only so much room and a sloppy or damaged program can use up that room quickly. When that happens, the microprocessor must take over and rescue the program, lest it bring down the entire computer system. The microprocessor steps in by halting the program and issuing a "stack overflow" error message.

Depending on what program you are using that is actually generating the error, there may or may not be much you can do about it. If it is coming via your web browser and occurs when you visit a certain website or websites, you can either disable scripting errors on your browser or contact the website administrator to see if they are aware of others experiencing the same issue as you.

If the stack overflow is coming from Windows itself (which I have seen), this usually occurs on "aging" PC's where the registry is no longer properly maintained. In this case, you can download a "registry cleaning" tool (such as RegCleaner, CCleaner or Registry Mechanic) that will go through the registry on your PC and remove entries that are broken, invalid, outdated, redundant, etc. Hopefully something such as this will help you solve your problem.

Hope this helps,

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:42 AM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

Edited by hamluis, 29 October 2010 - 11:23 AM.
Removed unnecessary characters ~ Hamluis.

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