FileAccessErrorView v1.32 - Show file access errors (open / read / write / delete ) on Windows
Copyright (c) 2018 - 2023 Nir Sofer


FileAccessErrorView is a diagnostic tool for Windows that displays information about file access errors occur while programs running on your system try to open/read/write/delete a file. FileAccessErrorView displays the filename that the application tried to open/read/write/delete, the process id/name of the application, the error code (NTSTATUS code), the description of the error code, the number of times that this error occurred, and the timestamp of this error.

System Requirements

This tool works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows Vista and up to Windows 11. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported. Elevation ('Run As Administrator') is required to use this tool.

File Access Error

Versions History

  • Version 1.32:
    • Added 'Black Background' option (Under the View menu). When it's turned on, the main table is displayed in black background and white text, instead of default system colors.
    • Added 'Full Screen' mode (View -> Full Screen or F11 key).
  • Version 1.31:
    • Added 'Always On Top' option.
  • Version 1.30:
    • Added 'Quick Filter' feature (View -> Use Quick Filter or Ctrl+Q). When it's turned on, you can type a string in the text-box added under the toolbar and FileAccessErrorView will instantly filter the file access error table, showing only lines that contain the string you typed.
    • Added option to change the sorting column from the menu (View -> Sort By). Like the column header click sorting, if you click again the same sorting menu item, it'll switch between ascending and descending order. Also, if you hold down the shift key while choosing the sort menu item, you'll get a secondary sorting.
  • Version 1.26:
    • Added 'Open Folder In Explorer' option.
  • Version 1.25:
    • Fixed some high DPI mode issues.
  • Version 1.24:
    • Added 'Start As Hidden' option. When this option and 'Put Icon On Tray' option are turned on, the main window of FileAccessErrorView will be invisible on start.
  • Version 1.23:
    • The tooltip of the tray icon now shows the number of errors displayed on the main window.
  • Version 1.22:
    • Added 'File Properties' option, which displays the file-properties window for the selected file (Only if the file exists).
  • Version 1.21:
    • Added 'Align Numeric Columns To Right' option (It's turned on by default).
  • Version 1.20:
    • Added 'Response Time' column, which shows the number of milliseconds between the moment that the open/read/write call was made and when the error code was returned. If the 'Response Time' value is high (e.g: 10000 milliseconds) it means that the specified call might caused the software to hang.
  • Version 1.15:
    • Added 'Put Icon On Tray' option.
  • Version 1.12:
    • Fixed to display properly files on a remote network drive.
  • Version 1.11:
    • Added 'Sort On Every Update' option.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added command-line options to save the report of FileAccessErrorView into a file without displaying any user interface.
  • Version 1.07:
    • Added 'Save All Items' option (Shift+Ctrl+S).
  • Version 1.06:
    • Added option to choose another font (name and size) to display in the main window.
  • Version 1.05:
    • Added 'Automatically Scroll Down On New Items' option.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Start Using FileAccessErrorView

FileAccessErrorView doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - FileAccessErrorView.exe

After you run FileAccessErrorView, it immediately starts to trace the open/read/write/delete operation of files and displays the details when an error is detected.
Be aware: The fact that application get an error while trying to access a file doesn't mean that something is wrong in this application. In fact, in most programs you'll see some file access errors as a normal operation of the software. However, if you have a program that hangs or crashes, this tool may give you an hint about the cause of the problem. For example: If a program hangs because it tries to access a file on a remote disconnected computer, this tool will display the network path that the program is trying to access.

'Skip Common Errors' Option

By default, FileAccessErrorView ignores the following error codes, because they appear frequently in programs that run normally without any problem: 0xc0000034 (The object name is not found) , 0xc0000035 (The object name already exists.), 0xc00000ba (The file that was specified as a target is a directory, and the caller specified that it could be anything but a directory.), 0xc0000011 (The end-of-file marker has been reached. There is no valid data in the file beyond this marker.), 0xc000003a (Path Not Found)

If you don't want to skip these errors, you can turn off the 'Skip Common Errors' option (Under the Options menu).

Command-Line Options

/CaptureTime <Milliseconds> Specifies the capture time in milliseconds for the save command-line options (/stext, /stab, /scomma, and so on...)
The default is 10000 milliseconds (10 seconds).
/cfg <Filename> Start FileAccessErrorView with the specified configuration file. For example:
FileAccessErrorView.exe /cfg "c:\config\faev.cfg"
FileAccessErrorView.exe /cfg "%AppData%\FileAccessErrorView.cfg"
/stext <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into a simple text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/shtml <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into XML file.
/sjson <Filename> Save the report of FileAccessErrorView into JSON file.
/sort <column> This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "Filename" and "Process Name". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Error Code") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.

Translating FileAccessErrorView to other languages

In order to translate FileAccessErrorView to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run FileAccessErrorView with /savelangfile parameter:
    FileAccessErrorView.exe /savelangfile
    A file named FileAccessErrorView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of FileAccessErrorView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run FileAccessErrorView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run FileAccessErrorView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


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FileAccessErrorView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of FileAccessErrorView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'fileaccesserrorview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed FileAccessErrorView utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
ArabicMohamed.Bajdouai27/08/2018FileAccessErrorView v1.06
DutchJan Verheijen17/07/20231.32
FrenchSkorpix3831/01/20191.11 (jan 2019)
French leblogduhacker23/04/20191.15
German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de18/07/20231.32
Greek geogeo.gr05/06/20191.20
NorwegianDavid Holm08/09/20221.30
Persian ZendegiyeSabz26/07/20231.32
Portuguese Braziligorruckert06/04/20181.00
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae)06/01/20191.07
RussianDmitry Yerokhin18/07/20231.32
Simplified Chinese DickMoore17/04/20221.30
Simplified Chinese Wirgeek14/04/20221.30
SlovakFrantišek Fico01/08/20231.32
Spanish Ricardo A. Rivas01/04/20211.25
Traditional Chinese Danfong Hsieh25/07/20231.32
Turkish HARUN ARI17/07/20231.32