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.Advertisement
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