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January 23, 2005 12:20 PM

Broken: (Fun) Custom error messages

Picture_1_1You can fake up an error message with Atom Smasher's Error Message Generator.

Thanks to Boing Boing.


Sounds like fun!

Posted by: sethn172 at January 23, 2005 12:57 PM

It's like a windows simulator!

Posted by: Maurs at January 23, 2005 01:08 PM

I prefer to write my own scripts to do that.

Posted by: []D [] []V[] []D at January 23, 2005 03:49 PM

You mean that the scripts you write tend to throw error messages?   ; )

Posted by: Rob at January 23, 2005 06:29 PM

check this out:

go to and search for "warez d00dz" and see what you get as a result.

Posted by: Carl Winslow at January 23, 2005 08:50 PM

Whoa, is that... Carl Winslow? The character from "Family Matters?" If so, hello, and I used to watch this show when I was a little kid!

Posted by: sethn172 at January 23, 2005 10:29 PM

The gallery is really fun. Thanks

Posted by: Carlos at January 27, 2005 03:59 PM

I made one.

"Now taking apart C: ad flushing the pieces down the toilet"

Posted by: BOB at January 30, 2005 02:59 AM

well that takes all the fun out of the entire website, geez!

Posted by: Alex at February 2, 2005 08:54 PM

now can i put this on someone elses computer???

Posted by: cp at February 8, 2005 10:23 PM

I made one too

NO Os please select an os to install.

Options Linux,FreeBSD,Windows. Windows is greyed out.

Posted by: Unknown at February 23, 2005 11:29 PM

You can also do that with VBScript (incl. with Windows 98 and later). Just type this in Notepad:

MsgBox "TEXT",arguments,"TITLE"

where TEXT is the body, TITLE is the title, and arguments can be one of the following (or nothing, just be sure to use both commas):

vbinformation (Adds a little 'i' logo)

vbquestion (Adds a little '?' logo)

vbexclamation (Adds a warning '!' logo)

vbcritical (Adds the red 'X' logo)

Now save it as whatever_name.vbs and double-click it. For example:

MsgBox "Please insert more coin(s) to continue.",vbexclamation,"System Message"

Posted by: dUc0N at April 17, 2005 05:21 PM

...I usually find that it is more fun to experiment with writing code that gets Windows to generate the error/message of my choice on its own. I mean, anyone can create a message box that looks like an error window. It takes true skill to find the exact bit of code that gets Windows to automatically generate an error with "Duhh," "Whee," and "Oops" buttons.

Actually, in Windows, it's probably not that hard...

Posted by: Mike at May 5, 2005 09:09 PM

in response to "Mike"...

besides message ganerators

anyone who has ever Resource hacker on programs knows they can edit windows ....getting the images and codes right take a tiny bit of time (TINY) but its worth the results.....take an ABOUT window for instace....edit it to give an error....:D if u have a problem opening a modded windows app I notiecd removed the 23 (24) resource helps sometimes although it takes any windows visual themes off the window :( oh well :D

Posted by: Johnathon Zaro at July 2, 2005 02:20 AM

lol i can do the same thing with microsoft paint and i put it in powerpoint and make my mom think its a virus alert window or a "30 Day Trial Expired" type of thing making her think that she cant play her favorite games anymore :P

Posted by: weylin at September 25, 2005 01:06 PM

LOLZ doing that is fun. Oh, and take a look @ the HALL OF ERRORS! Mild language, lotsa funny stuff.

Posted by: another guy named Alex B. at April 20, 2006 12:57 PM

I made one:Title: Run!!! Text:your computer is about to explode! Options:run! Don't run and be burned Run faster!

Posted by: Danny at June 13, 2006 05:45 AM

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