Pin Me

Windows 7 Error Codes: Common Problems and Solutions

written by: M.S. Smith•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 5/19/2011

Is Windows 7 giving you trouble? Are error codes popping up and you don't know what to do to resolve them? This article compiles a comprehensive list of errors you might run into and provides information on how to resolve them.

  • slide 1 of 9

    Solving Windows 7 Error Codes

    Windows 7 is Microsoft's mode stable operating system to date, but it can still sometimes run into problems which result in error codes. These problems can stem from a wide variety of software and hardware issues, but ultimately they fall into two categories - faults in individual software, which will cause a program to crash, and faults in the operating system itself or computer hardware, which will cause the computer to reboot or blue screen. In this article we'll take a look at some common Windows 7 error codes and explore resolutions for them.

  • slide 2 of 9

    Compatibility Error Codes

    Windows 7 Error Codes Windows 7 is very similar to Windows Vista, and any program which runs on Vista should run on Windows 7 without issue. The key word, of course, is "should" - there is really no way to guarantee that a program will be compatible. This is doubly true if you are running a program which was designed for Windows XP.

    If you are receiving an error that stems from an operating system compatibility problem you can try to resolve it by running Windows 7 in compatibility mode. To learn more about Windows 7's compatibility mode read our article on the subject, called "Windows 7 Compatibility Mode - How Does it Work?"

  • slide 3 of 9

    Internet Explorer Error Codes

    Sometimes you'll run into Windows 7 errors which are caused by Internet Explorer or by a website or add-on which is being opened by Internet Explorer. These problems can be a serious issue and can grind any attempt to access online information to a halt. They can also be somewhat puzzling, because Internet Explorer has become a universe of information in itself, full of extensions and add-ons.

    Thankfully, you can resolve Internet Explorer errors by following a few simple steps. For more information, see our guide "How to Repair Internet Explorer 8."

  • slide 4 of 9

    Internet Connection Error Codes

    Windows 7's internet connectivity is great. Connecting to the Internet via a wireless or wired connection is easier than ever before. However, you might still run into situations where Windows 7 just doesn't want to connect. This can be for any number of reasons, including a low signal strength from Wi-Fi or an I.P. address conflict. For more information read our guide "Windows 7 Internet Connection Fixes."

  • slide 5 of 9

    Email Error Codes

    Unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 doesn't come with a stock email client. In order to use email you either need to use a web based service, such as Gmail, or you need to install an email client like Microsoft Outlook. Installing an email client yourself leaves room for error, however. If you believe Outlook is the source of your Windows 7 errors you can solve your problems with our guide "Windows 7 Problems Running Outlook."

  • slide 6 of 9

    Sleep and Hibernate Error Codes

    Windows 7 Errors 

    Putting your computer into sleep mode is very useful both for laptops and desktops. Sleep mode conserves power, which makes it possible for computers to stay on battery power longer and reduces your overall monthly power bill. However, sleep mode relies on specific functions of the operating system, and if they're not working correctly your Windows 7 computer may refuse to enter or wake up from sleep mode. To solve this error see our guide "Troubleshooting Windows 7 Sleep Mode."

  • slide 7 of 9

    Security Center Error Codes

    Windows 7 includes a security center when provides comprehensive protection for the operating system. It is the inclusion of security center which makes Windows 7 Microsoft's most secure operating system either, but unfortunately Windows 7 security center can cause problems. This is not only because of the slim chance of malfunction, but also because security settings can sometimes get in the way of legitimate things you want to do, which forces software which is trying to connect to the Internet into giving you error codes. If you can't tame the security center try reading our guide "How to Disable Windows 7 Security Center."

  • slide 8 of 9

    Not Genuine Error Codes

    Windows 7 includes a security center when provides comprehensive protection for the operating system. It is the inclusion of the security center which makes Windows 7 Microsoft's most secure operating system so far, but unfortunately Windows 7 security center can cause problems. This is not only because of the slim chance of malfunction, but also because security settings can sometimes get in the way of legitimate things you want to do, which forces software which is trying to connect to the Internet into giving you error codes. If you can't tame the security center try reading our guide "How to Disable Windows 7 Security Center."

  • slide 9 of 9

    Other Windows 7 Error Codes

    If you are encountering a hard fault in your operating system, you may see a blue screen which includes an error code which appears hard to decipher. This indicates that there is a problem with your operating system and not merely the software which is running on your operating system. The error code related to this problem will be placed into a crash dump file, which can be analyzed for more information about what went wrong. If this is the problem you are having, please read our article "Troubleshooting the Windows Crash Dump File."