While performing routine PC tasks, users may face the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” due to a variety of conditions. It is commonly the result of inproper system configurations, ongoing PC work under load, registry errors deposited over the life of the computer, or lengthy use of harmful and bulky applications.
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“REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” is an error code that provides information about the system failure: reasons, why it occurred, which modules or applications were affected. Typically, the error code description provides the data that can be read and understood by tech experts or the PC manufacturers and software developers. The error code can be made up of 8 hex digits and starts with 0x (stands for hexadecimal number). The Windows HRESULT function returns such error numbers.
The error code message appears as a result of system processes failure. The PC malfunction “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” could be triggered by the scenarios when software applications were installed and deleted incorrectly multiple times. In such scenarios programs leave junk files, affect PC registry negatively and provoke corrupted files accumulation.
When we consider different types of issues that may occur, we can identify some characteristics of the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER”:
Users may face the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” during the installation process of various applications. It happens when the system cannot read and run records needed to launch the installation process. It is a symptom of broken installation file or severe registry issues blocking the attempts to run the application.
Some users notice the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” appears when the application is running, while the others notice the issue blocks application launch.
If the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” occurs while running the software, for instance game, photo or video editor, it can be a sign that the user’s PC lacks sufficient resources (RAM/CPU) to provide smooth application performance.
In some scenarios users can face the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” trying to install recent Windows updates. Windows update process includes the tasks, when current OS registry files are substituted by the ones from the new Windows update files package.
There are several reasons why error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” could appear while booting the Windows OS: boot sectors defects of the hard disk, corrupted bootloader entry, Windows registry corruptions etc.
Error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” can commonly occur due to a lack of regular PC maintenance. As a PC operating system (OS) gets older, crashes and issues can appear more frequently and lead to severe consequences. There are several recommendations you can follow to solve the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER”.
PC Repair application can automatically scan and repair all potential components that cause error code "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER". The utility will fix corrupted elements, clear cache and cookies, optimize PC performance and stability in order to make it smooth and safe.
Step 2. Install and launch the application.
Step 3. Click the “Repair All” button to fix the issues.
It is possible to fix the "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER" malfunction with a Windows built-in tool, Run System File Checker (SFC), repairing corrupted elements.
After entering the command, a system check will begin. Usually it takes about 5-7 minutes. Operation will be finished soon and trigger the system notification: “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.” or “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them”.
It recommended to use Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) with the RestoreHealth directive if the previous solutions don’t solve the error code "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER". DISM commands can fix many system issues automatically and increase Windows performance. Follow these steps:
The .NET Framework is a software framework developed for building any type of PC app. This software allows different programming languages to more easily communicate with your PC. If the error code “REFERENCE_BY_POINTER” remains, follow the next steps:
Step 2. Download and install the most recent version of .NET Framework.
Step 3. Reboot your computer when the installation is done.
OS affected: Windows XP/7/8/10/11.
Type: application malfunction, system files malfunction.
Symptoms: application not working, PC modules not working, boot up error codes.