How To Find Software Conflicts

Need to know how to find software conflicts? Finding software conflicts in programs can be challenging. Programs can leave traces of themselves behind which can cause a computer to go slow. These traces can also cause problems later, conflicting with other software on the computer. There are many points at which these conflicts can occur. Here are a few of the most popular, and the methods used to deal with them.

  1. The registry is an important step in finding software conflicts and removing them. When programs are uninstalled from Windows, they can leave ‘residues,’ behind in the form of orphaned registry entries. These are links to files that do not exist. If a newer version of a program is installed, these orphaned entries can sometimes cause conflicts with newer software. There are programs you can obtain that can search out these orphaned registry entries and remove them. This not only will protect against future conflicts, but also help the computer run and boot faster.
  2. Accessing the same files and file libraries can also cause software conflicts. If two files try and access the same file types, a conflict can occur. Programs can crash in these situations. Depending on the program involved, the preferences portion of various programs allows you to assign respective file types to be associated with that particular program. Although it can be somewhat time consuming associating file types to individual programs will help avoid software conflicts later on.
  3. Fully uninstalling and removing folders will also help avoid software conflicts. When a program is uninstalled it can leave behind folders, and other settings within folders. Sometimes this is done to retain profile information for if that program is reinstalled. The problem is that if an updated version of the program is installed that does not fully understand these files, software conflicts between versions can occur. To avoid conflicts it’s best to remove all traces of a program before updating.
  4. Finally, antivirus programs are especially vulnerable to software conflicts. If more than one antivirus program is installed on a computer at any time, they can conflict with each other. Antivirus programs may block each other out, or cause other unforeseen issues. They may even try to disable each other. It’s best to install only one antivirus program at a time and to not mix them. When you start a program, look to see if the virus scanner is mis-categorizing software or quarantining files which are known to not contain viruses. These sorts of conflicts can be avoided by setting rules within the virus program as to help identify healthy programs and prevent software conflicts.
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