What is Windows Error Code 13? The data is invalid. (code 13)
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A How-to guide on solving Windows Registry Error Code 13

(The data is invalid. (code 13))
Read our guide on solving Windows Error Code 13 and use these tips. It will help you to troubleshoot your issue.

What happens

This error can happen at virtually any time while you are performing any task on your PC. It is a registry error and can happen frequently. These errors can seem very vague and need immediate attention.

What you should do in the case of Windows Registry error #13

To fix the Windows error code 13, you will have to get into the registry and find the source of the problem. This sounds like a simple task, but if you are not used to working with the registry on your computer, you can do some serious damage that can make your computer inoperable. Before you perform any type of edit to your registry, it is recommended that you do a complete back up of the registry first. The smallest change can have huge consequences, so be sure to have a good backup. You should have an experienced computer professional take care of this issue. The reason is that there are so many variables when it comes to registry errors, that you could spend days just learning to navigate through the registry.

To get to the source of the problem, check through the system logs on your computer. Here are the steps to get to the system logs:

  • Right click on the My Computer icon (or Computer icon on a Vista or Windows 7 machine).
  • Click on Manage.
  • Double-click on Event Log.
  • On a Windows XP computer, you will see three different logs. Choose the System log and double-click it.
  • On a Windows Vista or 7 machine, a report will begin generating for you to read on screen.
  • Check through the logs and look for errors. When you find errors, write down the process or application mentioned in the message. These messages can help you find the registry keys or software that is causing the error message on your computer.
    • Editing and deleting registry keys is a big step and is well beyond the scope of this fix. If you think you have isolated the problem, pass the information on to a computer specialist to complete the fix. Alternatively, you can buy a registry fixing software package that may be able to resolve this issue for you.

      TipFor more information, please see: How to fix Registry error #13

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