The NET HELPMSG command will decode Windows error codes, at least the simple ones
A quick and dirty way to convert Windows error codes to strings is to use the
NET HELPMSG command.
C:\> NET HELPMSG 2 The system cannot find the file specified. C:\> NET HELPMSG 8242 An invalid dn syntax has been specified.
The command is not infallible, however.
- It operates only on Windows error codes. It doesn’t decode
- It doesn’t support messages with insertions, presumably because it doesn’t pass the
If you pass a message with an insertion, such as
DISK, then instead of getting
The wrong diskette is in the drive. Insert %2 (Volume Serial Number: %3) into drive %1.
C:\> NET HELPMSG 34 34 is not a valid Windows network message number. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3871.
Still, it’s better than nothing.
¹ As a bonus insult, if you type the suggested command, you get this:
C:\> NET HELPMSG 3871 *** is not a valid Windows network message number.
Yeah, um, that really didn’t tell me anything new.