Look At The Complete Detail In The Error Messages

Windows Networking is a very complicated subject, and there are many possible problems. A lot of problems can be represented by one of two basic messages. The Error 5 (“access denied”) and Error 53 (“name not found”) errors are very common, and unfortunately, can each have numerous possibile causes.

That being the case, whenever we see one of the above errors, we may instinctively proceed into basic network problem solving.

This is not always the correct problem diagnosis procedure! There are several known, very specific, problems, which can be instantly diagnosed by mysterious and specific phrasings in various error messages. Always look for these messages, as their causes are known, and can lead to much faster problem resolution.

Also, numbered errors are quite easy to decypher. The “net” command has a subcommand “helpmsg”. When we see an “error = 5”, for instance,

C:\Documents and Settings\pchuck>net helpmsg 5
Access is denied.

When you have a problem with Windows Networking, either in a Network Neighborhood display or share access, look at the exact error presented. If you see either of the above phrases, follow the appropriate link, or decypher the number using “net helpmsg”. You’ll be in luck – the causes are well known, and may involve reasonably simple fixes.

You may also refer to the Microsoft reference article System Error Codes, which lists every error code that you might encounter.


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