My usual habit is to Google the error messages which I receive if I am not well versed with what the message is saying. This is a nice workaround to know the solution of the error which you received (do you do this?)
Irritation starts once I have to copy the complete message to Google search box to know the answer. Usually the error messages are very lengthy and I feel like biting my tongue when the urge to know the solution starts rising. But recently my friend gave me a great solution to copy the error messages to clip board and from their to Google Search box.
All you have to do is press Ctrl + C when the error message is being displayed. The error message gets copied to your clip board and now press Ctrl + V to copy it to Google search box (isn’t this simple and usual.)
I am sure this will help your system as it has no exam life insurance.