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5 Steps to Interpreting What Your Error Message Means

Windows error messages may look absurd and confusing, however, if you read them carefully, you may be able to interpret them and try to resolve them. In this article, we are going to explain a few common types of Windows errors to help you understand and interpret them.

Errors that occur due to Outdated Files on the System: One of the most common causes of Windows errors are outdated files, old drivers, and incompatible software on your system. For instance, Win 32 errors, such as the one given below may occur if you have an outdated HP printer or scanner driver on your computer.

Generic Host Process for WIN32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

When you click on Click Here in the message box, the following information may appear.

App name App version Module name Module version Offset
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Svchost.exe 5.1.2600.0 Hpgtpusd.dll 1.1.0.56 00008d0d

To prevent such errors from occurring you must keep your operating system, device drivers and other software programs updated with the latest updates and service packs.

Errors generated due to problems within the programs you are trying to use:

Many errors and security problems, such as the Active X problems occur due to inherent problems within the architecture of the program you are trying to use. For example, the architecture of Active X makes it easy to be used for malicious purposes and gain unauthorized access to your system. As a vigilant user, you must be very careful while using such programs and controls, and must take care to download and visit only legitimate and certified websites.

Errors generated when incorrect input is provided to an application:

Errors, such as runtime and rundll errors, usually occur if a wrong input is provided to an application. For example, if you try to use an incorrect function in Microsoft Excel or run an incorrect macro in Microsoft Word, a runtime error may occur. These error messages are usually resolved when you provide the input to programs in the correct format. 

Errors due to incorrect program installation or removal:

At times, a program or update may be incorrectly installed or may have problems within it. These programs and drivers may cause problems when you try to remove them and can generate errors even after removal. For example, “error loading cmicnfg.cpl” may occur when the C-Media WDM Audio Driver update is installed on the PC. The error may continue occurring even after you remove the driver from the system.

To resolve such errors, you may have to scan and delete all registry entries and files related to the program or driver on your computer and then perform a fresh installation using the original software. You may seek the help of a reliable third-party program uninstallation tool and registry cleaner to ensure complete removal of the program.

Errors due to malware infections:

Malware programs, such as virus, spyware, Trojans, and worms infect your files and generate errors. These programs also slow down your computer and many have the capability of stealing your confidential information and transmitting it to external sources for malicious use. To prevent these infections, it is essential for you to have security tools, such as antispyware, antivirus, and firewall installed and configured on your computer.

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