Runtime Error 217appears on your PC due to various reasons. If you are experiencing this problem, you probably might have missing DLL files, virus infections, registry errors, or a host of other problems that can be a combination of several errors. Although the errors seem severe, they can easily be fixed if you can identify the cause. To fix this error, you can follow the steps included in this tutorial.
Runtime Error 217 has many causes. The most common cause would be is that one or more DLL files was not installed properly during the installation of the program probably because an error occurred in the installation process. It could have been caused by an obsolete Msvcrt.dll file which is a Microsoft Visual C++ file as this file is used by many programs. The regional settings of the computer might be incorrect. It is also quite common that a virus had infected your system and is causing the error. Other causes can include incorrect registry entries, outdated MS DCOM file and missing stdole32.tlb file.
The way to fix the Runtime Error 217 involves dealing with the specific problem. In order to completely rule out all the possible causes, you must ensure that you will be able to do these steps. First, you need to update your Windows version so that your Msvcrt.dll file can be updated. You can run the Windows Update program manually by clicking Start> All Programs> Windows Update. Follow the update wizard to begin the update process. After a successfully updating your Windows, proceed to correct the regional settings of your PC. In order to do this, you can go to Control Panel, select Clock, and then Language and Region. Finally, choose the setting that has to be changed and replace the settings with the correct settings. For the case of the missing stdole32.tlb file, you can download the zip file from the Internet, and unzip it before placing it inside the C:WindowsSystem32 folder. You can see if the error has been fixed by running the program that causes the error message to appear. If Runtime Error 217 still persists, then you must proceed to clean your system from viruses with potentially high security risks and repair your Windows registry.
Most of the time, you will be unaware that your system has been compromised by pesky viruses causing a slew of errors to appear including the Runtime Error 217. To completely remove the viruses, you must use a powerful and effective “anti-malware” program. We highly recommend that you use an antivirus tool to eliminate all viruses in your PC. It can detect all infected files and automatically clean your system from powerful malwares (malicious software). However, you might find that antivirus cannot finish the job, as there will be registry keys that need repairing inside your registry. Windows registry is a database for all the system, program and file settings that Windows access in order for your system to work properly. To repair damaged registry entries, you need an efficient registry cleaner that can do the scanning and fixing for you. We highly recommend using a tool called “Frontline Registry Cleaner” to truly resolve the 217 error on your PC.