How to decode Windows errors


Many Windows error messages provide a hexadecimal error code, for example 0x8007267C. This code can provide helpful information. But how to translate it into a readable error message?


 


At least two commands can be used to decode an error code:


 


·         certutil -error [Code]


·         err.exe [Code]


 


For example


certutil -error 0x8007267C


 


Certutil is part of all Windows server stock keeping units (SKU) and Windows Vista. The err executable is available from the Microsoft Download center.


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