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Microsoft introduced its first operating system back in 1985. Since then there have been many new updates and upgrades of the operating system itself, which makes Windows 10 the latest one released by Microsoft. It is obvious that the earlier software was rather simple but as people yearned for something new, the market demand increased and to serve the consumers with their requirements Microsoft brought about many new features and utilities in their operating system.
However, more updates led to the system becoming more and more complex. The Error Code list, which was a small one at that time, started to extend with increasing the set of codes. Therefore the list of Error Codes grew with the increasing number of issues in Windows. Worry not, for this article will guide you about how to solve these various Windows Errors all on your own! For a specific error like Windows Update Error 0x80070005, try searching the top-right of Error Codes Pro and see what you can find!
Recognizing and dealing with Error Codes depends on how good your knowledge is. If you are a programmer it might be an easy task since you know all the background information but if not, you might have to do a little background research which this article is there to help you out with.
A simple Error might look something like this:
The Dialogue box shows that a program has crashed and you might need to close it and restart.
What is this “System Error Code”?
Now, a system error code is identified by several different names which include “Error Code,” “System Error Code,” or “Operating System Error Code”, all of which are interchangeable. Generally, you’d expect a system error code displayed by an error number along with a short descriptive message. This happens when your Windows faces issues regarding processing a command.
Simply put, when you tell your computer to do something and instead of doing your request it slaps on a little dialogue box along with something written on it as a form of “excuse”, this excuse is actually an error report that is displayed to inform you, the ever-hardworking user, about the issue at hand. This could be dealing with the current task at hand – or even more confusingly, it could be complaining about a process or service that runs all the time, and in the background, that you may have otherwise been unaware of. Oh no!
“We are built to make mistakes, coded for error”. – Lewis Thomas
Things worth consideration:
Now there are several codes that share the same numbers when it comes to Device Manager, STOP code, POSTcode, HTTP or browser error codes – and, do keep in mind that they are all entirely different from one another! The code number might sometimes be similar but they are different in messages and meanings behind them. Keep in mind that every software has specific codes that help it identify different error messages. You can get them on a relevant site. But don’t panic!
I have done the laborious task of compiling all the HTTP error codes.
- So simply go check out my article for a list of HTTP Error Code List, which is a guide that will help you regarding different errors and also provide the viable solutions.
- These differ from Windows error codes, in that they’re specific to accessing web servers from any browser on any device – where this article you’re reading now is specific to those Error Codes or Operating System Error Codes one faces within the Windows environment.
What IS A System Error Code Trying To Tell You?
The little guy interrupting you right when you think everything was going smoothly has something important to communicate – and if you listen, and Search Engines to the rescue you may find articles like the one you’re currently reading! It might be a nuisance but if you think about it, this little error message is just trying to lend you a hand and simplify things for you. The little guy is basically a short message that appears when some command is unable to proceed as planned so that the user can understand what went wrong. There is a long list of error reports each meaning a completely different thing so the solution to them generally depends on the code number being displayed.
You might think developers have it easy and you aren’t wrong since they can simply understand the error and comply with it because they have most common error codes and their solution on their fingertips. The Actual List of System Error Codes on Microsoft’s Very Own Site will give you the entire list of codes along with their description. Even if you don’t understand your computer like most programmers do, there is nothing to worry about! The link will provide you with detailed descriptions pertaining to your specific requirements so that you can easily figure out what to do in each case, or lead you down the path towards more relevant Search Engine queries!
So What Do Different Error Codes Mean?
If we take the simplest example, mind you even a non-programmer can understand this one: Error Code 206 is an error report that may sometimes appear while you’re trying to save a file. The description reads, as ‘Filename or extension is too long’. This can be easily countered by renaming the file to something short and voila! You have your problem solved. So basically: an error report is trying to tell where you, or your computer, went wrong.
Great! I See An Error! What Should I Do Now?
If you think you can easily fix up all the Errors at the comfort of your home then trust me you aren’t entirely wrong. The only catch you ask? Is that it requires a little patience and time to understand a given scenario – should you read my other articles here on Error Codes Pro, you’ll see I always start by attempting to identify or explain the ‘root cause.’ So before you get confused: take a deep breath and look up what the code means. The solution entirely depends on what type of error code your Windows displays. It is also important to remember what course of action you took prior to the error report being displayed. This course of action may help you figure out the solution much easily as compared to not knowing anything about what lead to the error in the first place.
What Are Some Common System Errors and How to Fix Them
Any frequent user of the Windows operating system might face one of the several error reports. Starting off with the simplest:
Error Message: System cannot find specified file
For this, you either reinstall your given application or check out different sections of your hard drive (via My Computer, or This PC) if you are missing a part of the files required to run a command. Sometimes when you are missing a file this error will show up and tell you exactly what file you’re missing:
So, time to use your favorite Search Engine and locate these files!
Error Message: Access Denied
Make sure the user account’s permissions are correct. Make sure you’re right clicking an App and ‘running as administrator,’ for instance, rather than just double-clicking the App.
Error # 6
Error Message: Stack Overflow
Sometimes the good old reboot will fix your system but if that doesn’t work take a look at your RAM, which might be the root cause here. Bad RAM can cause this error to happen often! Read here where I describe system memory, hard drive memory and RAM in detail.
Error Message: Not enough storage is available to complete this operation
Now, there are several approaches to free up some space on your hard drive. You can start with simply getting rid of unwanted programs and old files or even better – expand your storage! USB thumb drives are at an all-time low price!
Error Message: System cannot find the drive specified
Inability to detect drive by the system can be a glitch that you can counter by rebooting or it can be caused due to a virus, or other hardware/software problem: Should Your Windows 7 or 10 Machine have Detected a Hard Disk Problem, we have the answer right here on Error Codes Pro!
Error Message: An operation is pending
When you see that the pending operation is causing your system to slow down and you really just want to get rid of it before everything else starts lagging, go to Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift+ Esc. If a program is unresponsive, then exit it or reboot your system if the problem lingers. You can go to this howtogeek article describing how to end a process via Task Manager, or even read some of my own thoughts on the task manager – right on Error Codes Pro, for further details.
Error Message: The device does not exist
For this error, you have multiple solutions since the problem is too vague. Firstly: check if the device is connected properly or not. Next, ensure the driver is properly installed and potentially reinstall or update the driver. If the problem persists try contacting the manufacturer of the device for further assistance.
Where Can I Find More Helpful Stuff Like This?
Make sure to check out my other articles on Error Codes Pro for easy step-by-step guides along with links to other issues. Moreover, try the search bar in the top-right for your Operating System, Mobile, Web or even Appliance Errors! There’re also other authors here, who do an awesome job of describing such errors as How To Fix Error Code 0xc000007b In Windows 7, 10.
Ryan is a computer enthusiast who has a knack for fixing difficult and technical software problems. Whether you’re having issues with Windows, Safari, Chrome or even an HP printer, Ryan helps out by figuring out easy solutions to common error codes.