Different types of Windows errors

Microsoft Windows may be a very user-friendly operating system, but is certainly not without its share of problems. If you use Windows on your PC, you probably have often encountered a number of errors. These errors vary greatly in the way these affect the PC. Some errors are merely annoying and close as soon as you click on “Yes” or “No” in the message boxes for those. However, other, more serious errors can freeze up your PC, corrupt your operating system and cause overall instability. Windows errors can be classified into various categories, such as:

  1. System errors – These are moderately dangerous types of errors among those that can pop up on your PC. System errors are caused by malfunctioning hardware components, corrupted operating system modules, etc.
  2. Runtime errors – Runtime errors are caused by corrupted or malfunctioning system files or software executables. Most runtime errors cause the application that caused it to shut down. However, more serious runtime errors may cause the system to become unstable or unresponsive, leaving you with no choice but to reach for the Reset button.
  3. Stop errors – Stop errors are caused by corrupted hardware, especially malfunctioning RAM modules and bad sectors on hard disks. Stop errors can be difficult to resolve at times. If you get Stop errors continuously on your PC, call up a system engineer to check your PC.
  4. Device Manager errors – These are usually caused by corrupted driver files or malfunctioning hardware components. In case of the former cause, the problem is usually solved simply by reinstalling or updating the drivers. However, the latter cause can often be solved only by replacing hardware components.
  5. POST code errors – POST code errors are caused by malfunctioning hardware components, and are characterized by short beep sounds from the tiny internal speaker of your motherboard. POST code errors occur when you press the power button to turn on your PC. If you are getting POST code errors in your PC, you should get your CPU checked by a system engineer.
  6. Application errors – These can be caused at any point of time. As the name suggests, these are caused by applications while those are running. These are usually caused by glitches in the program code itself. These are usually resolved by updating the program to its latest version.
  7. Browser Status Codes – These are caused by problems faced by browsers when trying to access a website. These can be caused by misplaced web pages in the server of the website itself, or due to connection problems. For instance, a 404 error would indicate that the browser is trying to access a webpage that does not exist in the specified location.

These are the types of errors that you may come across when using any version of Windows operating system. If you ever come across too many errors of any type when using your PC, be alert. Contact a system engineer to make sure that your PC is working properly.

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