Windows Error Code & Message Lookup Tools

Ever been stumped with an error code your Windows installation threw up and did know where to look it up? There are a few tools that can help you identify the Error Code and Message which Windows may throw up. Let us have a look at a few of such free tools that can help you find out the meanings of such Windows error codes and messages.

Windows Error Code & Message Lookup Tools

Windows Error Lookup Tool, Error Messages, ErrMsg, Error Goblin for Windows are some free error code lookup tools that can help you identify what Windows error codes means. This post also lists useful links to download and web pages that can help you identify the error codes and check up on error messages

1] Error Messages for Windows


Error Messages for Windows will allow you to look up Microsoft Windows error code numbers and display a descriptive message explaining what the numeric code actually means. It also lets you display and print all of the error codes and messages defined for your version of Windows. Error Messages for Windows has now been updated for Windows 8 and you can download it from its home page.

2] Windows Error Lookup Tool


Windows Error Lookup Tool is another tool, like Error Goblin or ErrMsg, that can help you look up Windows error codes. If you have software programs that produce numeric error codes, you can find out what they mean using these tools.

3] Microsoft Error Code Lookup Tool

The Microsoft Error Code Lookup Tool, may say it’s for Exchange, but it covers Exchange, Windows and a number of other Microsoft products too. This command line tool can help determine error values from decimal and hexadecimal error codes in Microsoft Windows operating systems.

4] Windows Error Code Lookup

The Windows Error Codes document lists the common usage details for those Win32 error codes, HRESULT values,  and NTSTATUS values. The Events and Errors Message Center lets you search for and find detailed message explanations, recommended user actions, and offers links to additional support and resources. This post on Windows Errors, System Error Messages and Codes will give you the complete list and meaning of the errors.

5] Error Lookup Tool

Windows Error Lookup Tool

Error Lookup Tool offers a straightforward UI that is easy to understand. You just need to go ahead and put in your error code and all the details will be flashed in the lower part. You can see the details like error description and their related system module.

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I hope this post helps you some day! 

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