Funny dialogues and error messages

Sometimes things can go a bit wrong…

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Please note: This is a translation of the Swedish original. Most of the images are only really funny if you actually understand Swedish, and I am normally better at joking in Swedish (although some of my acquaintances believe I am bad at joking in any language). Anyway, by popular demand (okay, so it was only Tarquin, but I hear he is popular), here is the English translation. And with that disclaimer, we have lift-off.

Sometimes computers can be boring contraptions, but sometimes they manage to crack real pearls. Sometimes it is real howlers, either a software author or a stressed out translator (I have personally contributed to both categories in my days), sometimes they are well-meant messages that just are wrong when applied to another situation than the one it was originally written for.

On this page I have collected some funny dialogues, error messages, and similar, that I have stumbled upon in different programs and web sites. All the messages on this page are authentic!

If you are unable to see the images on this page it might be because your browser does not support <object>, which I use to be able to provide versions of the messages for text based browsers. In that case, you can use the Download screenshot links to see the dialogues in their original shape. The page works as intended in Opera and Mozilla, as well as text based browsers like Lynx, W3M and Links.

Speaking of displaying this page in a web browser, I have learned that the Mac version of Internet Explorer doesn‘t like it at all, even less than the Windows version. This error message greets you if you try to open the page. Hehe.

I am not alone in collecting this kind of images, so I have collected a bunch of links to similar pages. If you have more link tips, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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An abundance

“Certificates can be exported in an abundance of different formats”, this dialogue says… Well, I don’t really think they have that many available options, but maybe Microsoft has another definition of “abundance” (uppsjö) than I do?

Guiden Exportera certifikathanterare

Filformat för certifikatexport

Certifikat kan exporteras till en uppsjö olika format.

Välj vilket format du vill exportera till:

  • DER-kodad binärfil X.509 (.CER)
  • Base64-kodad X.509 (.CER)
  • Cryptographic Message Syntax Standard - PKCS #7-certifikat (.p7b)
    • Inkludera om möjligt alla certifikat i certifikatsökvägen
  • Personal Information Exchange - PKCS #12 (.PFX)
    • Inkludera om möjligt alla certifikat i certifikatsökvägen
    • Aktivera starkt skydd (kräver IE 5.0, NT 5.0 eller nyare)

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Double Google

Google, on the other hand, is an abundance in itself. Or at leaset they think so themselves, when I installed Google Chrome I had the choice of choosing both Google and Google as my search engine:

Välkommen till Google Chrome

Välj en sökmtor

Med google Chrome kan du söka på webben med adressfältet. Välj vilken sökmotor du vill använda:


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Triple Internet Explorer

Back to Microsoft, there are not only one, not two, but three Internet Explorer logotypes in the dialogue that is to let the user choose a web browser in Windows 7. Additionally the dialogue title contains Windows Internet Explorer – so much for neutrality.

By the way, who translated the Maxthon ad? I hope he or she wasn't paid.

Information om webbläsare - Windows Internet Explorer

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Välj webbläsare

Opera browserMaxthon BrowserMozila Firefox Internet ExplorerChrome
Uppgradera till en bättre webbläsare. Opera är snabbt, smidigt och användarvänligt. 37 språk. Löstagbara tabs & video. Delad skärm. Musgester. Pekskräm. Ad killer. Svepte med återförsäljaren Awards två gånger. Jämföra och välja. Din säkerhet på nätet har högsta prioritet i Firefox. Firefox är gratis och hjälper dig få ut det bästa av webben. Snabb, snygg och säker. Världens mest populära webbläsar för Windows. Gratis från Microsoft. Google Chrome. En ny snabb webbläsare. Gjord för alla internetanvändare.

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Thank you for your interest

“You must be running a version of Microsoft Windows to be able to use Windows Update.” But I am doing just that! It seems like Windows Update trusts what is sent in the User-Agent header in the web browser request a bit too blindly, at the moment I had happened to configure my proxy server to pretend a bit…

Tack för visat intresse för Windows Update

Windows Update är ett onlinetillägg till Windows som hjälper dig att få ut så mycket som möjligt av din dator.

Du måste köra någon version av Windows för att kunna använda Windows Update.

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No choice

Windows Update is full of surprises. Normally you get to choose whether you want to accept Microsoft‘s license terms for the updates that are to be installed or not, but today it seems like I only have one choice: To accept.

Microsoft Windows Update -- Web Pag…


Accepterar du villkoren i detta licensavtal?

Om du klickar på Jag accepterar inte så avslutas installationen. Du måste acceptera licensavtalet för att kunna fullföra installationen.

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Pure gibberish

Windows Update is going downhill fast. Now the poor updater has gone completely bonkers and is just sending out unreadable gibberish. (For some reason, the description of this update was in Finnish instead of Swedish.)

Automatiska uppdateringar



Storlek: 329 KB - 450 KB

Tämä päivitys korjaa ongelman, jonka vuoksi järjestelmä voi lakata vastaamasta kutsuihin, jos tietokoneeseen on asennttu tiettyjä palomuuri- tai virustentorjuntaohjelmia. Voit korjata ongelman asentamalla tämän Microsoftin julkaiseman HTTP.sys-päivityksen. Kun olet asentanut päivityksen, sinun on ehkä käynnistettävä tietokone uudelleen.

Mer information om den här uppdateringen finns på följande adress:

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Pure gibberish II

In 2018, my Gemini PDA does a similar thing, giving me update information in Chinese.






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You have to be running NT 4.0

Sometimes you wonder a bit over Microsoft’s quality control, when the security update isn’t even to tell what version of Windows it is I am running.

Uppdatering av Microsoft Internet Explorer

Det här paketet kan endast installeras på Windows NT 4.0.

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Adapted for Opera?

When I try to go to SF Bio’s website to search for information about upcoming movies, I am greeted by a warning that I am not using a web browser that their website is adapted for. But… they claim they support Opera, and it is Opera I am running. Oh well, it’s probably just a web-duh-signer who can’t leave things alone that has been at it and pretend-coded again. It’s a good thing I live in Oslo, their web pages work just fine in Opera.

Välkommen till SF Bio

Du använder en webbläsare som inte SF Bios webbplats är anpassad till. Sajten fungerar för webbläsarna Netscape, Internet Explorer och Opera.

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Opera 90

The Opera web browser has for some time had a function which checked if there is a new version, and notifies the user if so is the case. In Opera 9.00 this functionality was a bit broken, and did not think that 9.01 was a newer version number. Since the update was important the version was reported as 90.0 when the error was discovered, which looked a bit funny. The mistake was corrected as soon as it was found, but since version 9.01 was already released at that time, Opera 9.02 was also reported incorrectly, which of course looked even worse, Opera did know the bug, why then had it not been fixed?

Ny Operaversion tillgänglig

En ny version av Opera, Opera 90.2, är tillgänglig. Vill du hämta den uppdaterade versionen nu?

Ja Nej

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Adapted for Opera? II

The pages for the US postal office is not much better, they think that I should upgrade my Opera 7 to “Opera 5 or better”. I have heard that Americans aren’t too bright when it comes to mathematics, but I would have thought that most people would get that 7 is larger than 5?

JavaScript Alert

Warning, you are using Opera Version /7.11 (Linux 2.4.21 i686
The recommended browsers to view this page are:
- Internet Explorer 4.0 or better
- Netscape 4.0 or better
- Mozilla 1.0.1 or better
- Opera 5.0 or better

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If you press [Cancel] when downloading system updates from the Microsoft Windows Update service you get a warning message, which is not too easy to understand. So, I want to cancel the transfer, but if I press [Cancel] in the new dialogue I am returned to the download. Eh? The trick is apparently not to press [Cancel] a second time to confirm that you want to cancel the transfer, but instead to select [OK] “to continue” — clear as glass!

This screenshot also shows the problem with having an operating system in one languaeg and programs in another – the computer I ran this on has a Norwegian version of the operating system, but since my mother tongue is Swedish, I have set that as my preferred language.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Er du sikker på at du vil navigere bort fra denne siden?

Om du går till en annan sida så avbryts installationen. Om du vill stanna kvar och slutföra installationen klickar du på Avbryt.

Velg OK for å fortsette eller Avbryt for å stå på gjeldende side.

OK Avbryt

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Yntax error

Not only is it an yntax error, it is even an invalid yntax error. Internet Explorer apparently doesn’t like me entering an adress on the form hostname:port.

Ogiltigt yntaxfel - Microsoft Internet Explorer

Sidan kan inte visas

Sidan du söker kan ha flyttats eller bytt namn.

Försök med något av följande:

  • Öppna startsidan för s: och sök efter länkar till den information du vill ha.
  • Om du skrev in sidadressen i Adressfältet bör du kontrollera att den är korrekt.

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Read what the translator himself writes about the yntax error.

Linux at Microsoft

Here is an old screenshot from 1998 showing a machine at Microsoft running Red Hat Linux.

It Worked!

If you can see this, it means that the installation of the Apache software on this Red Hat Linux system was successful. You may now add content to this directory and replace this page.

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Pointer error

The then (2003) new version of Konqueror gave me a welcoming message, which, trying to be extra user friendly, points out where I am to enter my search text. But they apparenlty didn’t think that people might have set the program to show the address bar at the bottom of the window (which I find more logical since that is where the eyes rest when I have finished reading the page, which is when I want to enter a new one).

↑↑↑ Please enter a term or an address to be searched on the Internet.

Location [______________________________________]

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Pekarfel II

Seven years later it is Opera that stumbles on the the same issue, in its welcoming message. It seems that the only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history.

Tip: search the Web directly from the address field.

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Upper or lower?

The Swedish translation of MetaPad, an excellent replacement to the Windows Notepad, has a Swedish translation which has a few bugs in it, most of them are less important. One dialogue that I found particularly funny is this one, which has sort of mixed up this thing about upper case (versaler) and lower case (gemener) letters.


Sök vad:
Matcha hela ord  
Matcha GEMEN/versal Riktning
Upp Ner
Stäng dialog efter träff

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Yes or no

On my mobile phone/palmtop P800 I have installed a file manager called QFileManager, with which I can see the files that are stored on it directly, and change attributes and such. But not when the files are used, then I get this rather confusing dialogue:


"Agenda" is in use

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Yes or no II

But it is of course not only on mobile phones you get this kind of less obvious choices, like here in a dialogue from the Disk Manager in Windows NT 4.0.


Enheten används av andra program. Det går inte att ändra enhetsbeteckning om du inte avslutar dessa program eller startar om datorn.

Om du vill att ändringarna ska börja gälla nu ska du starta om datorn efter att Diskhanteraren har avslutats.

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Configuration error

When I switched mobile phones I also had to install a new version of the software I use to connect it to my computer. After the required reboot this message showed up. I answered “no”, and after that it seems to work anyway.

Sony Ericsson PC Suite for Smartphones

Fel i konfigurationen

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Next step

Same software, but a different computer. No errors in the configuration this time, but on the other hand I am not allowed to know what the next step in the process is. Perhaps that is why it didn’t work after installing?

PC Suite for Sony Ericsson

PC Suite for Sony Ericsson har installerats.

Nästa steg:

Om du vill ha hjälp med att ansluta telefonen till datorn använder du guiden Telefonanslutning i PC Suite.

Klicka på Slutför för att avsluta guiden.

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Import error

At my day job, we use a web based calendaring service. I tried getting to a meeting I should have been invited to, but where I was unable to find the invitation, and instead was handed a direct link to the calendaring file. So, I saved the calendaring file from the service and tried importing it. I was met with the following message. Do I need to say that it didn’t work?


Importering genomfört

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Server error

I like services that have Swedish translation, but it is not always that they get more intelligible because of that. Take for instance this error message I got from Google once – I wonder what the server was doing when it unexpectedly encountered an error like that.



Servern påträffade ett temporärt fel och kunde inte genomföra begäran.

Försök igen om en liten stund.

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But this is kind of a border-line case, the translation is correct, it just looks a bit strange. A bit later on I got the message in English.

You can change the error

This strange wording is found in Sun’s installation program for Java. If this is an error, why is it then asking me whether I want to install it?

InstallShield Wizard

Java(TM) Plug-in är Javas standardkörtid för följande webbläsare:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Du kan ändra felet i Kontrollpanelen i Java(TM) Plug-in.


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Transformations were used

Another strange error message from Sun’s installation program for Java, this time it was an automatic update that failed.

Windows Installer

Det uppstod ett fel då transformationer användes. Bekräfta att den angivna tranformationssökvägen är giltig.

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Do you have what we in Sweden call a skiftnyckel?

Facebook want me to update my contact information, but it is not that easy to understand with what. Is it my e-mail address or phone number I should enter, and why can they not keep to one language at a time?

Lägg in din e-postadress för att få viktiga uppdateringar om dina vänner, konton med mera.

If you lose your password, adding your number helps you log in. It also helps friends find you, keeps you updated with text notifications and mer.

Landskod: 47, (+Norge)

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Bad friends

I like to have software in Swedish, but sometimes it turns out a bit wrong, even when the author of the software is from Sweden. In the latest version of the #Kom LysKOM client it seems to be a bad thing to have friends. Or maybe the author hast just missed that the Swedish word for "tab" is "flik" and not "tabbe" ("blunder").


Inga vänner?
Välj några vänner på servertabben i inställningar!

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Microsoft dislikes IE

What happens when you try to go to Microsoft’s homepage with the version of Internet Explorer that comes with NT 4.0? At least last time I tried I got the following error message, which means that the only way to upgrade to a working version (to run Windows Update) was to first install, for instance, Opera. Microsoft doesn’t support NT 4.0 any longer, so I don’t know if you can even get this far today.

Invalid URL - Microsoft Internet Explorer

Det gick inte att öppna eftersom det är en felaktig begäran enligt servern där det är lagrat.

Invalid URL

The requested URL "/", is invalid.

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Twice undefined

Just for fun I tired selecting MSN in the Open With menu in Opera. Since I hadn’t run the MSN web browser shell before, I got a settings wizard, but it doesn’t look like it quite could decide what it is it is trying to set up.

Do you have an undefined undefined dial-up account?

I have undefined undefined dial-up account. Click this option if you have an existing undefined account, if you have just signed up for undefined with a participating retailer or computer manufacturer, or if you just have upgraded from a free account to undefined.

I connect to the Internet using another Internet service provider, or one of the following: MSN HighSpeed Internet Access, LAN, DLS, cable modem, or satellite connection. You will connect through your default Internet connection.

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Hold on to the tabs

Seems that the translation of the information about the 2021 update of Windows 10 was done in a bit of a hurry. Here they recommend hålla flikarna (grab the tabs), when they probably mean that you should keep tabs on them. A play on words in the English version that does not work in Swedish.

Håll flikarna på webbplatsens flikar

När du befinner dig på en webbplats som används ofta och har många flikar öppna kan du fästa den webbplatsen till aktivitetsfältet.

No strings attached

Making web interfaces available in several languages is a good thing. And if you actually translate the texts, it is even better. And, if you really do not want to, please fall back to something other than the internal variable names.








No strings attached II

They are not the only one to make that mistake...




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No strings attached III

There are even more of them, actually. This one is from Swedish rail company Tågkompaniet:

Hantera din resa


{{order.travelPass.departureLocation.locationName}} - {{order.travelPass.arrivalLocation.locationName}}


- {{order.travelPass.validToAsString}}




{{order.totalPrice.price.value}} {{order.totalPrice.price.text}}


No strings attached IV

The next example is from Asendia's international package tracking page:




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