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Error Messages Troubleshooting

Reader Question: “Hi Wally, I am having problems with Error Messages and wondering how to fix it?“ - Alexandra T., New Zealand

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Overview of Error Messages

Error messages are a computer or software’s method of letting users know there is a problem. When the computer encounters an unexpected problem or condition and either needs input from the user or to shut down, it will display an error message to let the user know what happened.

Sometimes these are easy to read graphical dialog boxes, other times it may just be a string of error message numbers that are less simple to discern. In any case, the Windows operating system will usually offer to find a solution to the error. If none is found that way, an Internet search on either the problem or the error message will likely bring up some answers.

Error messages are also displayed on web sites for various reasons. Each of these error messages is usually assigned a number, and that number indicates what the problem is. For instance, many Internet users encounter the “Error 404″ message when they try to access a page on the site that doesn’t exist.

What Problems are Associated with Error Messages?

Some error messages are very obscure and are almost meaningless for a casual computer user. Sometimes the error screen disappears so quickly that users are unable to gather any information about the error message, and therefore have no idea what the error was, or how to prevent it in the future.

Error messages that precede a computer shut down can be even more difficult to grasp in the time allotted, even though it may be more important to do so. Fortunately, it is possible to obtain lists of common error messages for Windows, popular software programs, and those related to the Internet so that users can become familiar with them.

Though these error messages do not appear all on computers, users who begin to see them frequently should have their computers checked out by a professional. These error messages do not always mean that there is a possible computer failure on the horizon, but getting many error messages over a relatively short period of time is usually an indication of deeper problems.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry. Happy Computing! :)

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