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Error 7960: Microsoft Access has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

If you received this message while working on your Access database, you’re probably wondering what you can do to fix it. Experts refer to Access Error 7960 as a runtime error. It typically occurs when a failure or crashing of Microsoft Access happens at the same time the system is running. It does not necessarily mean that there’s corrupted code, but rather that the code didn’t function at the time of run-time. 

Few users will actually experience Access Error 7960, as software developers try to remove all bugs and glitches when the program is publicly released. But it is still possible to run into the error. Below you’ll find more information about what causes this error to happen and ways to fix it. 

What Causes Access Error 7960? 

A 7960 Access Error is a runtime error that can occur from the following: 

  • Error 7960 crash. When Microsoft Access can’t provide sufficient output to the given input, or it doesn’t know what to output, the system will get confused and shut down. If this happens, the system will freeze and you won’t get anything done. 
  • Error 7960 logic error. A logic error happens when Microsoft Access produces the wrong output from the right input. It’s usually caused by a flaw in information handling from the source code. 
  • Error 7960 memory leak. When a memory leak occurs, it can cause the system to run slow because the resources are short. The reasons for this are either not having appropriate space in the program or bad code that executes an infinite loop. 

Ways to Fix Access Error 7960

If you do run into Access Error 7960, there are quite a few things you can do to solve the problem. If these troubleshooting tips don’t work, or you’re uncomfortable handling this on your own, contact Arkware for MS Access support

In the meantime, here are the best ways to fix Access Error 7960. 

End conflicting application 

Runtime errors happen when one application is contradicting another. The best way to fix this issue is by stopping conflicting apps. Go to Task Manager by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete at once. Open the Processes tab and click the End button for each program. 

Reinstall/update conflicting application

Once you find the conflicting application, you should reinstall and update it. In Windows 10, simply type Control Panel, then Uninstall the program. 

Update anti-virus or install latest update

Make sure that your anti-virus software is up-to-date by running a detailed scan of the system. Or, you can perform a Windows update to obtain the latest virus fix. 

Perform disk cleanup

You may come across a runtime code if you don’t have enough space on your system. Remove unnecessary files to free up hard drive storage. You can also try clearing your cache and restarting your system. Hit Properties and go to Disk Cleanup

Reinstall graphics driver 

If an error is associated with a corrupt graphics driver, you’ll want to reinstall and update the driver. Go to Device Manager and then Graphics Driver. Right click on Graphics Card Driver and hit Uninstall, then resume your PC. 

It is also possible to fix Access Error 7960 using a third-party database repair tool. However, there are many of these tools online, and you don’t want to end up installing something you shouldn’t. To protect your database from corruption, contact Arkware. We can help with Access Error 7960, as well as any other errors you run into.