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Chapter 30. What to Do When You Receive ... > Understanding Common Error Messages

Understanding Common Error Messages

To help you figure out what Windows is trying to tell you, here's a list of the most common Windows-specific messages you're likely to encounter. The messages are listed in alphabetical order, along with the most probable cause(s) of the message.

A fatal exception <XY> has occurred at xxxx:xxxxxxxx

Windows does not cause these fatal exception errors; these messages are just Windows' way of reporting a problem encountered by your system's microprocessor, often caused by faulty or mishandled RAM. In many cases, a fatal exception error will freeze or crash your entire system, and you'll have to reboot to continue.


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