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Startup error. Help please.......

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Mickey_D, 20 Jan 2006.

  1. Mickey_D

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,204

    Location: Gone......

    Anyone ever seen this before? And if so, just what exactly does msdtc.exe do? Is it a critical file? Nothing "bad" really happens no matter if I click "Ok" or "Cancel".

    WinXP Home SP1 with all current updates.

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  2. NathanE

    Capodecina

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,022

    Location: London & Singapore

    That's used by Personal Web Server and SQL Server - both of which cannot be installed on XP Home. Also it referenced a null pointer (0x00000000) which is extremely rare in a Microsoft program.

    Goto the Properties on the file to make sure it really is the real mc'coy.

    PS: Update to SP2.
     
  3. Skilldibop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,284

    Location: London

    those errors are commonly generated by failing memory. Allthough just as often when a spyware remover or antivirus remoces the .exe but not the Reg vaule that points to it. This can be cured by running Hijackthis and posting the output :)
     
  4. uknorthboy

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

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  5. Mickey_D

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Dec 2003

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    Ok, ran Hijackthis and got nothing. Tried running Services.msc and the service is set automatic, but of course is not running.

    Now comes the new problem : I can't open any of the Properties for ANY of the services!!

    Any ideas now? :)
     
  6. uknorthboy

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

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    Maybe a restore point would sort it if you havent tried already that is.
     
    Last edited: 21 Jan 2006