Windows

Resources for Troubleshooting Windows Event 2019: The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the pool was empty

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One of my client’s servers needs to be rebooted three times a day because of server hangs. A look in Event Viewer finds the following error corresponding to the time the server stops responding: Event: 2019, Source: SRV “The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the pool was empty” They […]

Howto: Automatically Boot Windows XP with Last Known Good Configuration

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Last week I was trying to help a remote client whose Windows XP machine was really messed up.  More than half of her automatically starting services refused to start at bootup.  They couldn’t be manually started either, system restore was turned off, and she was in a hotel far, far away from any Windows XP […]

Howto: Enable Windows Vista UAC quiet mode

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I love the idea of Vista’s User Account Control (UAC), but I hate Microsoft’s implementation of it. I was getting ready to deploy our first Vista Business lab and I found that when starting 75% of the lab’s software , the user would get the “Windows needs your permission to continue” prompts. I understand the […]

Howto: Disabling Driver Signing in Windows Vista 64 bit

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A security feature of Windows Vista 64 bit version is that unsigned drivers will not load. I’m all for increased security, until I run across a piece of hardware that does not have signed drivers. It was easy to disable driver signing before two updates were released. From an elevated command prompt I ran bcdedit […]

Howto: Disable Windows Simple File Sharing via the Registry and Local Security Policy

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Microsoft KB 307874 describes how to disable Windows XP Professional’s simple file sharing. Why would you want to disable simple file sharing on your workstation? The KB explains: By default, simple file sharing is enabled on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer if the computer is not a member of a domain. With simple file sharing, […]

Solved: “The connection has been lost. Attempting to reconnect to your session…” when attempting to access a Windows 2003 server from a Windows Vista Remote Desktop Session

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“The connection has been lost. Attempting to reconnect to your session…” had almost made me scrap Vista on my home PC. Ever since my hard drive died and I committed to Vista, I’ve received this error message when attempting to access my Windows 2003 SBS Server. I’ve had no problems accessing Windows XP based machines, […]

Internet Explorer: “Click to Activate and use this Control” results in blank browser window

by File in: browser add-ons, troubleshooting, Windows

Certain computers were getting the “Click to Activate and use this Control” prompt when attempting to view reports generated by an .asp script on one of our software provider’s web server. Even after clicking the new window, the window was blank, as in a totally white browser window. Hitting the space bar or enter key […]

Identifying processes running as svchost.exe

by File in: diagnostics, registry, troubleshooting, Windows

I have previously written about experiences with systems becoming unresponsive and reporting svchost.exe utilizing 99% of the CPU. Since so many different .dll’s run as this generic host process, identifying exactly which program is the cause of the high CPU usage is often difficult. According to KB314056, the Svchost.exe file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 […]

Quickbooks Pro 2005 crashes after login to company

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Quickbooks 2005 decided to quit running on my Windows XP SP2 a few weeks ago. Nothing had changed on my machine or the server, and none of the other client machines were experiencing this problem. I started by trying to perform a Quickbooks repair, but the problem persisted. Uninstalling and reinstalling Quickbooks didn’t change anything […]