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GPF
Last modified: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 

Short for General Protection Fault, a computer condition that causes a Windows application to crash. The most common cause of a GPF is two applications trying to use the same block of memory, or more specifically, one application trying to use memory assigned to another application.

The following situations can also cause GPFs.

  • Running an application with insufficient resources
  • Using improper hardware device drivers
  • Corrupted or missing Windows files
  • Applications exchanging data that cannot be read
  • GPFs are often preceded by an invalid page fault.

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    Describes what to do if your DOS or Windows application crashes. Includes descriptions of common runtime errors, such as bad command or filename, unable to load COMMAND.COM, error reading drive, general protection fault (GPF), and stack overflow. This page is from "The PC Guide."

    Troubleshooting GPFs (UAEs)
    Page from Microsoft's KowledgeBase that describes what causes General Protection Fault (GPF) errors and how to troubleshoot them. Note: A one-time Microsoft registration screen might appear before you can access the Knowledgebase articles.

    Troubleshooting Windows 95 Errors
    Helpful page with information on what to do if you have illegal operations, fatal exceptions, and general protection fault errors.

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