Runtime error 438 often shows when running Microsoft Excel and "Visual Basic" macros. The error is caused when the macros you're trying to use are either incorrect or erroneous, and basically prevent Excel from running as smoothly as possible any more. If you have this error appearing on your PC, you need to be sure you can fix it in the most effective way possible.
When the computer is encountering error 438, the following messages are displayed:
- Run-time error '438:
The runtime errors can be easily traced back to the damaged or corrupted registry. The registry is the place in your computer that is a sort of database that stores information about all your software and hardware installations. Even if you remove a hardware device or uninstall a program, there will be traces of them left in the registries and it will be hard for you to delete them manually. You will need solid computer knowledge in order to do this, because it is not recommended to enter the registry and manually delete the files. This could result in irreversible damage for your computer.
Ways To Fix Runtime Error 438
Firstly, it's a good idea to uninstall the Microsoft Works Add-in. Since the Add-in becomes problematic in error 438, uninstalling its component sis a natural solution. To uninstall the add-in, go to Start and then select Settings. Go to Control Panel and then browse over the list and select Add/Remove Programs. Choose File Location found in the Options box. Using the Uninstall/Install tab, go to Word in Works and select it. Choose the add-in and then click add/remove. Instructions provided afterwards should be followed exactly. Restart the computer and then start up Microsoft Word again to check whether there are still errors.
You should also look to use what's known as a "Registry Cleaner" program to cure any potential errors inside the registry database of your PC. The registry database is a central storage system for all the files, settings and options that Windows uses to help it run. Although this database is extremely important for your computer, it's continually causing a number of potential issues for your PC. The Runtime 438 error can occur if a registry database is corrupted, which is why it's highly recommended you clean out this database of your system with a registry cleaner program.