-One of Windows more annoying traits is the error code box that sometimes appears when something goes wrong. What on earth does 0x80000005 mean? Then there’s the perennial favourite 0x80000008…

Of course you can google the code and most of the time you’ll get a good number of hits, and maybe, if you are patient you can sift through them and eventually find out what it means, but here’s a short cut. It’s a small, stand-alone freeware utility called ErrMsg, just type the code into the box and it will tell you what it means.

One word of warning, though, it’s not going to tell you how to fix it, and the explanation may leave you no wiser; 0x80000008, for example translates as ‘Unspecified Error’…

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