Category Archives: PC Troubleshooting

Windows socket error: What is it and How to fix it?

You are unable to access internet and it’s disturbing. You don’t really know what the reason behind it is. You checked your internet connection, reset it many times, troubleshoot for errors, and tried sending basic commands yet failed. You are actually struck by Windows socket error.

What is Windows socket error?

Just like an adapter which connects two things that directly cannot be connected, Windows socket plays a role of connecting bridge between software and network. If it gets corrupt or doesn’t work, your windows software might not be able to access internet. For instance, your internet browser, which is a software program, will not be able to access data network.

What are the causes of windows socket error?

There are various causes of windows socket error. Few of them are:
• Malicious software, spyware or virus
Windows registry problems

Windows socket errors are going to take place frequently unless you clean your computer regularly.

How to fix windows socket error?

Try the following two solutions:


As we have seen that viruses and malware cause windows socket error, it is wise to run an antivirus scan on your whole system with any installed antivirus software. If you don’t have any, try downloading it from internet. Type “download free antivirus” on the address bar and hit enter. You will find many options in the search results. AVG, Avira, McAfee, Avast are just few names. Download the one that you trust.
When it is downloaded, open it and then choose to scan the whole computer. After scanning, restart your PC.


If virus scan doesn’t solve the problem, try resetting the windows socket.
1. Open start and type “cmd” in the search box. Press CTRL+Shift+Enter together to enter the Command prompt as an administrator.

2. A prompt will ask you to confirm if “you want to allow this program to make changes to this computer.” Click Yes.

3. After the command prompt opens, type “netsh winsock reset” and hit “Enter.”

4. Reboot your computer.

Windows System32 errors: How to fix them?

What are Windows System32 errors?

Windows System32 errors occur when files linked to System 32 are either missing, corrupted, damaged or removed. This error originates in the windows system32 files and windows system32 dll files in the C drive of your computer. Sometimes certain files that you download in the computer to run newly installed programs are found to be corrupt or damaged. These corrupted files then generate errors in your operating system. Whenever such an error occurs, you receive a notice such as: “corrupt -windows\system32\config\system’ error”. This error occurs frequently because numerous programs and functions depend upon the Windows system32.

How to fix Windows System32 errors?

A simple solution is to reboot your computer.
1. Shut down your computer.

2. Disconnect all the peripherals that are not necessary.

3. Now turn all the devices and then the computer itself.

If rebooting does not work for you then cleaning up your entire disk would be a good option.

1. Go to start menu on your desktop and select “All Programs”.

2. Select “Accessories folder”.

3. Go to the “System Tools”.

4. Select the “Disk Cleanup” option.

5. When the program opens, click on “Next”.

6. Select the date from the System Restore Window to which you want your computer to be restored to. In this way, your hard drive would be restored to the state it had on that particular date and the damage done to the Windows after that date would also be restored. If you do not remember the date when the error occurred then select the oldest one. This process can result in the loss of newly installed programs but it won’t delete the documents, photos, and other files added after the selected date.

If the problem is not resolved even yet, then download any Windows System32 error repair tool from the web that will locate and fix the Windows System32 errors within seconds.

Windows update error: What is it and how to fix?

At times, we are prompted to install updates by Microsoft and we keep delaying until our computer starts installing updates automatically. It might bother you. At least it bothers me. But I understand that they are really important. They fix errors, bugs in the system, and bring in updated versions of windows files. You may be able to work with outdated version but there will come a time you’ll start facing problems in smooth running of Windows. Any error caused in smooth installation of windows update is called windows update error.

Note: It is a free service by Microsoft that installs useful updates to keep your computer safe and healthy.

Why windows update error occurs?

Windows update errors might occur due to any one the following:
1. Programs interfering with internet connection
2. Resource problems
3. Errors in database
4. Soaring Internet activity

Types of Windows update errors:

You might experience Windows update errors having a code. The errors may have different types including, but not limited to, the following:
1. 0x80070008
2. 0x800705B4
3. 0x8007000E
4. 0x80072EE2
5. 0x80072EFD
6. 0x80072EE7
7. 0x80072EEF
8. Error: Windows failed to start

There might be some errors without codes. Plus you may face other issues while installing updates that can be resolved by using Microsoft’s “Fix it for me” tool, for instance, for temporary connection-related errors.

How to fix Microsoft’s Windows update issues?

To resolve windows update errors, read the steps below:

1. Go to Microsoft’s Fix Windows update issues page. You will see two major sections. If you want an automatic fix, you may go for Windows Update Automated Troubleshooter and run it. It will find and fix the errors for you.

2. If you want to fix the error yourself, you may expand the relevant section of the version of Windows you use and locate the particular error or problem. Click on the appropriate link and see the solution.
This should resolve the error you are facing.

3. If you are facing windows update error, you may restart your computer and install updates manually. For this, open start and type “windows update” in the search box. Click Windows update from the search results. When the window opens, click “Check for updates.” Then click “Install updates.” It might work.

Note: You may also look up for particular error by typing in the search box in this link.

Svchost.exe error: What is it and how to fix?

Svchost.exe is a host process containing many services that other windows programs need for carrying out many functions. You can see which Svchost.exe processes are running in the background by opening task manager and clicking on the tab “Processes.” You will only feel its presence when it causes error known as Svchost.exe error.

Svchost.exe is a type of file needed to load DLL files when they are needed by Windows. We have already seen that DLL files are very important for smooth running of your PC and how to fix DLL error in any case it occurs. You will see many Svchost.exe services running in the task manager. They host one or more services that Windows require. If only one Svchost.exe would be hosting all services and it stops working, the whole system would crash. So they are many in number either hosting one or more services.

Causes of Svchost.exe error

• Incomplete installation of any program
• Improper termination of any program
Windows update errors

How to fix Svchost.exe error?

If you are getting error messages that point towards Svchost.exe, follow the following steps to fix Svchost.exe error.

1. Press windows and alphabet key “R” together. A dialog box opens. Type services.msc.

2. Locate “windows update” and double click on it. Windows update properties box will open.

3. Go to “Log on” tab and select “Local system account” and uncheck “Allow service to interact with windows.”

4. Click “General” tab and see if the service is already started. If it is not, then click start and then OK.

5. Repeat the steps for “Background Intelligent Transfer Service” instead of “Windows update.”

6. Now press windows and alphabet key “R” together. Type cmd.

7. A Command prompt menu will open. Type regsvr32 wuapi.dll and press enter. It will show you a message like this: “DllRegisterServer in WUAPI.DLL succeeded.”

8. Now type these commands one by one and press enter after each of them. As you will press “enter” after each one of them, it will give you a message saying that it has been successfully configured.

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wups2.dll
regsvr32 wuweb.dll

9. Now delete the corrupted files of Windows update. Type each one of them below and hit enter after each.

net stop wuauserv
cd %windir%
ren SoftwareDistribution SD_OLD
net start wuauserv

When you write “exit” in the end, the box will close automatically.

10. Reboot your computer. By then, the problem must have resolved.

Print spooler error: What is it and how to fix?

When you give your computer a print command, it keeps all those files to be printed in a print spooler service. It then sends those files one by one to the printer for printing; however, you will experience printing problems if this service gets corrupted or damaged. In the midst accessing the printer, you might have received print spooler error. Sometimes, it might not be the print spooler error but other errors like:

• No paper in the tray
• Printer not connected properly
• Sending too many printing commands continuously

Check all these errors. Restart your computer and re-print. If they are still not resolved, then it’s high time that you stop and then restart your print spooler service. You must resolve print spooler error first.

How to fix print spooler error?

Follow the steps below to fix print spooler error:
1. Press start key and alphabet key “R” simultaneously on the keyboard. A dialog box will open.

2. Type “services.msc.”

3. Locate “print spooler” and right click on it. Click “stop” from the popup menu and minimize the window.

4. Now open start and click computer.

5. Double click to open Local Disk (C:). Go to “windows” and open the folder “system 32.”

6. Navigate through the folder and locate “spool.” Double click on the folder to open.

7. You will see different folders listed. Find “Printers” and double click on it.

8. It might prompt you to seek permission first. A dialog box will appear that says “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder.” Click “continue.”

9. You will see all the printing jobs listed in this folder. Select all these jobs by pressing “CTRL+A.” Press “delete” key from the keyboard.

10. Now open the services windows back that you minimized earlier. Right click on “print spooler” and select “start.”

11. Reopen your files and send print commands again. Happy printing!

Winsock error: What is it and how to fix?

Winsock is a short form for Windows sockets. It is an Application program interface (API) which acts as a connecting bridge between an application program for internet such as your browser and Windows operating system. It runs as a DLL file which needs to be loaded into the memory when any application needs it. In simple terms, it helps you to connect to the internet. If you ever experience a stuck browser or errors while connecting to internet mentioning Winsock, then you are probably facing Winsock error.

What causes Winsock error?

• System bug or a malicious spyware
• Too many programs running at the same time requiring resources more than the capacity of the system
• Failure of hardware
• Problem in Windows registry

How to fix Winsock error?

1. You might have deleted Winsock file by accident. Restore it from Recycle bin. In case you have emptied the recycle bin before you could even retrieve the respective file, download file recovery software available online for free.

2. If you are not so sure whether you deleted the file or not, scan your computer for viruses using the antivirus software you already have. It might be that the Winsock error you are seeing is actually a virus pretending to be error.

3. If you got Winsock error after making changes to an important program, restoring your system might work. Use system restore to restore your system to any backup “restore point” before the change. This will reverse the changes you made recently.

4. You may also attempt to uninstall and then reinstall the program that uses Winsock file.

5. Winsock error might have occurred because of update problem. You may opt for drivers update. Update the drivers that are required by a particular program that shows a Winsock error while being accessed.
Note: If driver’s update caused Winsock error to happen, reverse the updates to old version.

6. Use system file checker (sfc) utility. Open start and type “cmd” in the search box. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER together. It will log you in the command prompt as an administrator. Type “sfc /scannow” without quotes and scan the system for errors. You can then repair the Winsock defected file.

7. Open start and and click control panel. Locate “windows update” and click on it. It will show you important and optional updates. Go for these updates. It might replace the defected Winsock.dll file with a new one. After updating, reboot your computer. (This procedure works in Windows 7, 8, and Vista).

8. If you are still facing problem, you may need to upgrade your RAM so that windows sockets do not get jammed.

Bottom line:

These are just few of the things you can do to fix Winsock error. If the problem still persists, you may also need to edit your registry, or reinstall windows. That might have you lose some data. Even after doing everything mentioned in this blog the Winsock error doesn’t get fixed, then it’s a hardware problem. Troubleshoot for it.

Restore IE Favorites: How to do it?

While restoring your computer in safe mode, you might have lost your IE favorites in the process. You may think that it is impossible to restore IE favorites but actually, it is not.

What Are IE Favorites?

IE Favorites are Internet explorer favorites that are the links of websites which you visit frequently. You can store them in the “Favorites” folder and by doing that you can just open the website by clicking on it from the toolbar of your browser instead of having to write the website address on address bar every time you open internet explorer.

How to Restore IE favorites?

Now that you can’t find your favorites, you can restore IE favorites by following methods.

Method # 1

1. Open “Start” menu.

2. Write “Favorites” in the search field.

3. Right-click on the “Favorites” folder that appears at the top of the start menu after searching for it.

4. Select “Properties”.

5. When the “Properties” window opens, click on “Location” tab.

6. Select “Restore defaults” and afterwards click “OK”.

If you are unable to restore IE favorites this way, you can follow another method.

Method # 2

1. Follow steps 1 to 5 above.

2. Click on “previous versions” tab. You will see various restore points. Some will be “earlier this week” or “earlier this year.” Select the one you want your favorites to be restored to.

Directing the favorites folder back to Internet explorer

Note: The below mentioned procedure is only for Windows 7

First, you should find your “Favorites” folder. After locating the items in the “Favorites” folder you thought you lost, the folder needs to be directed back to Internet Explorer.

1. Press “start” and alphabet key “R” simultaneously. A dialog box will open.

2. Type “regedit” in the search box and click OK. Registry edit will open.

3. Collapse any of the registry keys in the following prescribed manner:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Shell folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User Shell folders
HKEY_USERS\.default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Shell folders
HKEY_USERS\.default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User Shell folders

4. Right-click on “Favorites” and click “Modify” to open the “Edit String dialog.” Type the exact location of your favorites’ folder in the value data field, that is, C:\Users\Home\Favorites.

5. Click OK and shut down the Registry.

Any wrong edits made to Windows registry will put your computer in trouble. Be careful while you work on registry. You may also backup the registry keys; however, be confident of any actions you take on registry.

Blue screen error: Why it occurs and how to fix?

You must have heard about “blue screen of death.” Its is so called because it makes your computer to come to a forced stop and in this case, the data you were working on is not saved and lost forever. It is difficult to tell what caused the blue screen. They usually come randomly.

What is blue screen error?

Blue screen errors appear when there is a serious problem with either your hardware or software malfunctioning. This is one of the most terrible errors one may encounter. Once it appears, your computer is nearly impossible to recover until you fix it. After the “stop error” occurs, your system crashes and shuts down abruptly or restarts. It is called blue screen error because blue screen appears when it occurs.

If your system has started up with the safe mode after crashing, then there is problem with your system’s software. If Windows has started with safe mode and blue screen appears again, then it is a problem with system hardware.

How to fix blue screen errors?

If your system starts normally, then follow instructions given below:

1. Click on the start icon in the bottom left corner of your computer screen. A popup menu will appear. Type “system restore” in the search box.

2. After choosing “system restore” from the options above, wait for this program to open. Finally when it appears, click “Next” in the options given below.

3. Change the current date to the past date at which you want your computer to be restored. Due to this, all the actions undertaken from the desired date till now will be altered.

4. Click “Next” and then “Finish.”

5. Go to start menu and select “computer”.

6. Right click on the hard drive which you think created the problem and choose “properties”.

7. In the tools tab, Click “check now” option. It will scan your hard drive for errors.

8. After the process is finished, reboot.

Outlook express error: What is it and how to fix?

“A time-out occurred while communicating with the server 0x800ccc19.”

You may also have encountered this or other type of error messages while sending or receiving email in outlook express. The error that occurs due to poor connection with email server are called Outlook express error.

Why outlook express error occurs?

There are several reasons for these errors for example:
a. You are not connected to the internet,
b. There is problem with your email account,
c. Access is blocked by antivirus or firewall program,
d. Incorrect account settings,
e. Damaged e-mail message on telecom’s mail service,
f. Removed outlook from the computer,
g. Damaged installation,
h. Mail server temporarily unavailable, and
i. If there is damaged user profile in outlook.

Outlook express errors may occur when you try to open outlook express or try to send an email. You must be glad to know that some of these errors can be resolved easily. Remember that when you are going to resolve the error, check network or internet connection and make sure your antivirus is running. Also, delete the unnecessary emails.

How to fix Outlook express error?

Before repair, make sure that only outlook express and internet browser is open. Close all the other programs after saving the data you were working on. Steps to fix these problems are given below:

1. Press the “start” icon and alphabet key “r” simultaneously on your keyboard. A prompt window will appear where you write “control panel” and then click “OK”.

2. You will see “view by” in the corner of the window. Click it and choose either “large icons” or “small icons”.

3. After this, look for the “mail” icon and click it.

4. Then, a prompt box will appear. Under “when starting Microsoft office outlook, use this profile”, check the box titled “Prompt for a profile to be used” and click “OK.”

5. It will ask for the profile name. Give your desired name and click “OK”.

6. Fill in the desired username, email address, and password fields.

7. After filling in the required information, click “next”.

After your account is configured, you will be able to send and receive the messages without any error.

Object error: What is it and how to fix?

What is an object error?

An object error is the result of a program which is missing or a program which is contorted. It includes toolbars and Ad-ons of your internet browser. When you open some web pages, a popup may appear that says “object errors.” There may also be an option that says ‘OK’ but when you click it, nothing happens. And when you want to close the pop up, that sign may freeze your computer. There is just some infiltration in your computer which keeps sending these objects.


It is recommended that you scan your computer completely whenever you download any software or any program from the web because there is sometimes infiltration that may affect your computer when entered in your computer system. These object errors are supposed to affect your computer in a bad way such as it may slow down your PC, or shut down your computer unannounced.

How to fix object error?

Depending on whether you want to fix program related or browser related object error, you can fix it by two popular methods.

a. If error is in browser: In internet explorer 8, go to tools and select manage add-ons. Select the troubling toolbar in the “toolbars and extensions” tab and click “disable.” Keep doing this until you get rid of all toolbars that you feel might be the cause of object errors.

b. If you think the object error occurred only after installing a particular program, you may either repair or uninstall the program. To repair a program, go to start and open control panel. Click “programs” and then “program features.” You must repair every program that you think is the cause of object error. Click on the particular program and a set of options will appear on the toolbar above. Click “repair.” If you are not given the option of repairing, you may want to uninstall the program. To do this, click on uninstall/change. Then follow the steps as they appear in prompts and re-install the program from a storage device or online website. After you are done repairing or uninstalling, reboot your computer.