Look Up Error Messages in Windows

Mar 10, 2008
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
Software, Windows software

If you use Windows, chances are you get error messages with different Microsoft software from time to time. Of course, this being Windows, you don’t get a straight error message. Instead, you have something like ‘You have encountered error 11456’ or something along those lines.

So, how do you figure out what the error code means. Usually, you trot off to the Microsoft site or Google, type in the code and wait for the results to be displayed. Not a very effective method if I might say so.

If you are fed up of always having to hunt for meanings of error messages, then Gregory Braun has just the thing for you. He’s developed a software called Error Messages for Windows. The software, as its name suggests, offers an easy way to decipher those error codes.

Error Messages for Windows is a small utility that will allow you to look up MS Windows error code numbers and display a descriptive message explaining what the numeric code actually means. If you have software programs that produce numeric error codes now you can find out what they really mean.

Error Messages for Windows also provides a facility to display and print all of the error codes and messages defined for your version of MS Windows.

Error Messages for Windows will run on MS Windows XP, Millennium Edition and 98 as well as MS Windows 2000 and 95/NT systems.

This free software is easy to use. Simply open it up, type in the error code and voila! you get a short description of the error corresponding to that particular number. At just over 200 kilo bytes, this program is small, which is another plus. In addition, the program runs on all versions of Windows.

Do you think this program is helpful? Have you heard of anything else that can perform a similar function? Do let me know.

Update: Please note that the error messages only cover Windows XP and older versions of Windows.


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  1. rafie serafy said on May 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I think it is wonderfol to get such a prgram.Please tell me how to get ir ,otherwise it is only wishful thinling which I have enjoyed much.

  2. sohebpathan said on August 12, 2008 at 11:42 am

    map dirve i can not access and delete a networke drive so which steep i use to create the net worke drive in domain

  3. Mara said on March 11, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Hey this was really helpful! I had a problem that I couldnt figure out but this lil app did the trick and sent me on my way to repairing my pesky comp. Thanks Cheryl!

  4. Jedi said on March 11, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Hmm thanks for clearing that up. Though my point being that Vista already automates that task

  5. Chris said on March 11, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I used to use this program a lot. It got me out of trouble a few times. Great for if you need a result quickly as you are on the phone.

    It’s list is very thorough with older versions of Windows. It is a shame it doesn’t have BSOD, XP or Vista errors, but that’s because it hasn’t been updated since 05.

  6. sensibleguy said on March 11, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Well not a great peice of software cause it dosnt tells the solution for that error message.Well Too bad.

  7. Spinner said on March 11, 2008 at 5:06 am

    I don’t think I’d need to use something like this on a regular basis but overall it looks like a handy program.

  8. Cheryl said on March 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    The author’s site did mention it worked in Vista. However, since I don’t use Vista, I can’t be completely sure how it would work in this OS but I assume it’s the same as in older versions.

  9. Jedi said on March 10, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Nice little app that Cheryl pointed out. Like Jade points out does this thing work only with XP or does it support various versions of Windows. Does it cover BSOD error messages as well? A handy system tool for the system administrators definitely. Though there are online sites that do the same.

  10. Jade said on March 10, 2008 at 5:55 pm


    I guess this thing works only on XP? Vista seems to have a system where it logs all errors and then whenever you go online checks with Microsoft if there are any sollutions to the errors. Its kinda neat!

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