We recently had a customer ask what Windows error code 38 means. They had an application that was failing with the message “ERROR CODE 38”. This message, in of itself, was useless to brining resolution to the application.


To find more details on many of these meaningless Windows error codes, open a Windows command prompt and type “net helpmsg xxx” where ‘xxx’ is the error code in question.


cmd-error-lookupFor example, “net helpmsg 38” returns the meaning of “Reached the end of the file.”