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Understanding PC Error Codes
11 December 2008

Whenever your Windows computer comes across a problem, an error message is displayed on your screen. This error message shown in a message box, provides important information to the user about the nature of the problem. Often, an error code is also displayed in the message box that assists in identifying the root of the problem and helps you in seeking its solution.

Common Causes of Error Codes

Some of the common causes that lead to the generation of error codes include:

  • Lack of permissions to perform an action.

  • Incorrect system settings.

  • Fault in software programs installed on your computer.

  • Obsolete device drivers.

  • Windows registry problems.

  • Hardware malfunctions.

  • Infection caused by malicious software.

Examples of Error Codes

To understand the error messages and error codes, given below are a few examples:

Example 1: When you attempt to start your computer that is running the Windows XP operating system, you may see the following error message:

“A problem is preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error code: 0x800705aa

This error usually occurs if there is a problem with the third-party programs you would like to use.

Example 2: Error code 80072 efd and 0x81000370 error may be generated when you try to sign-in to your Windows Messenger.

Some of the causes of these errors are:

  • Incorrect system date and time settings.

  • Problems with username and password.

  • Incorrect Firewall configuration.

  • Problems with required DLL Files.

  • Problem with messenger’s configuration.

Steps to Resolve Error Codes

You may use the following steps to look for and resolve error codes:

  1. Open the Microsoft Knowledgebase web site and search for the error code. This web site comprises a comprehensive database of several error codes that may generate for various Microsoft products under different conditions and their possible resolution methods. If you are lucky, you may find the solution to your error code. You may then follow the instructions listed to resolve your problem.

  2. If your error code is not in the Microsoft Knowledgebase, you may perform a search on a good search engine. You may find results from third-party websites and message forums that might provide you with a solution to your problem.

Methods to Prevent Code Errors

Computer errors are troublesome and may cause unnecessary delays in your work. This is the reason why it is best to prevent them. The following are a few simple tips that may help you achieve this goal:

  • Install and configure a reliable firewall to block unauthorized access to your system.

  • Regularly update and scan your system using reliable antivirus and antispyware tools.

  • Avoid opening attachments that are sent with unsolicited emails.

  • Do not download software, such as games, freeware utilities, and audio/video files as they may be infected with malicious software.

  • Keep your hard disk at its optimal performance by regularly cleaning and defragging it using Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools.

  • Scan and clean your registry to free it from unwanted and incorrect information.

  • Update your operating system, applications, and device drivers on regular basis to patch up any security loopholes, improve the performance of your PC, and prevent errors due to outdated files.

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