Error Code 0x00000018

Error Code 0x00000018

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The 0x00000018 or REFERENCE_BY_POINTER error often appears due to an issue with a reference to a memory address that does not exist or points to an object of the wrong type. This error can be a symptom of faulty hardware, a corrupted driver, or a software bug.

How to fix:

  1. Update Your System and Drivers: Keeping your system and device drivers up to date is crucial. Outdated drivers or system software often cause stability issues and may lead to errors.
  2. Debug Your Software: If you’re a developer, debugging your code to identify potential issues could be beneficial. Look for any anomalies in memory referencing or pointer usage.
  3. Check Your Hardware: Hardware issues, especially those related to memory (RAM), can cause such errors. Running hardware diagnostics, such as a memory check, can help identify any hardware problems.
  4. Run System File Checker (SFC): The System File Checker tool can find and fix potential issues with your system files. Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type “sfc /scannow” to run this tool.
  5. Use System Restore: If the error started appearing recently, you may be able to resolve it by restoring your system to a previous state when everything was functioning correctly.
  6. Perform a Clean Installation: If none of the above steps resolve the issue, you might need to perform a clean installation of Windows. This should be a last resort, as it will erase all data on your system drive.

Remember to back up all important data before making significant changes to your system to avoid potential data loss. If you’re unable to resolve the issue yourself, consider seeking help from a professional or from Microsoft Support.

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