Error code

Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

When an error occurs in Windows or other software programs, an error code is generated and sometimes displayed to the computer user. The error code is a specific number that identifies what the error is to the system. It also can be helpful in finding a resolution to the problem.

If you're getting an error code, search for the error code number and where you're getting the error to find a resolution. For example, in the Windows Device Manager, looking up error code 43 indicates that the hardware device has failed and should be replaced.

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