What To Do When You Get An Error Message On Your PC


While few of the famous computer error messages like “Error: Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue.” can be very hilarious and make you laugh, most of the PC error messages get frustrated or annoyed responses from the computer users. In fact, some of the error messages that are displayed on your computer screen can be quite difficult to understand because either they mention strange file names such as csrss.exe or dlg.exe and have error codes that you have never heard before or the error description does not make sense to a common PC user.

A PC error message can be defined as a message that shows up on your computer screen when it encounters an unusual condition. These messages, which are usually displayed in a box known as a dialog box, pop up on your screen in order to convey one of the following:

  1. Point out that an operation or a specified action has failed.
  2. To indicate that your intervention is needed.
  3. To warn you of an imminent problem like your PC may be running out of hard disk space.

Computer messages have been present in every part of computing be it an operating system, third-party software or hardware devices. So, let’s briefly have a look at what you should do when you see a message pop up on your computer screen.

The first and most essential task is to keep calm. Read the error message carefully. At times, the error messages displayed are just warnings that make you aware of problems that you might face while performing a particular action. So, if you get a warning message, ensure that you are completely sure of the task you are going to perform before proceeding.

Next, if the message reports of a type of exe error, dll error or runtime error, it is best that you use a good search engine to find out the methods to resolve the error. If you are lucky, you may find the solution in the Microsoft Knowledgebase. If you don’t find anything here, you can look for a solution on a third-party help website or web forum. After you find a solution, follow the methods listed in the solution to resolve your error message.

Well, now that you know how to deal with computer error messages, let us have a look at some of the tasks that you can perform to prevent these errors to a large extent.

  • Keep your antivirus and antispyware tools updated and schedule daily full system scans to prevent and remove malware.
  • Keep your hard disk clutter free and contiguous with the help of the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools.
  • Keep your PC software updated with the latest security releases, service packs and patches.
  • Run a good PC diagnostics tools on a regular basis to ensure that all your hardware and software is free from errors.
  • Use a good registry cleaner tool to regularly scan and clean your registry to prevent problems caused by unwanted registry entries.