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How to Fix a Stack Overflow Error in Windows XP

Updated April 17, 2017

A stack overflow error is a common error that is seen with increasingly frequency as a computer ages. This is due to an improperly maintained computer registry. The registry is a repository of all of the variables needed by your computer at any one time. One of the characteristics about the registry is that it is never cleaned without manual intervention. You can fix stack overflow errors and many other computing problems through the use of a simple registry cleaner.

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  1. Download and install a free registry cleaner such as RegCleaner, CCleaner or Registry Mechanic (see "Resources"). These programs will scan your registry for outdated or useless entries, removing them in the process.

  2. Open the registry cleaning program and select the "Clean Registry" button to begin the cleaning process. Depending on the speed of your computer and the size of your registry, this can take anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes.

  3. Click on the "Fix Problems" button to delete redundant or outdated registry entries found by the cleaning program. This will speed up your computer and fix stack overflow errors.

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About the Author

TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.

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