windows startup service error

Posted on 2003-11-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7000
Date:            11/8/2003
Time:            10:22:16 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      LAB4WINSERVER
The PfModNT service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.  
Question by:wfaleiro
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Author Comment

ID: 9706567
nope it did not help. there is no service by that name
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Expert Comment

ID: 9707412
If the regsitry has been backed up, there is usually a copy in c:\windows\repair.  Booting from the Windows XP cd into the command console and copying the backup file may help.  Otherwise I would try running chkdsk from the recovery console. using chkdsk c: /p /r
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Expert Comment

ID: 9707980
The service seems to be related to some sound cards.  Have you changed anything in your computer recently?  Or installed any sound software.

I think the 'service' is actualy a device servuce.  They are treated the same as normal services but are not displayed in the services manager.

If you have a look in the registry.

Run Regedit.exe
Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PfModNT
You will see where it thinks the driver file lives.  

I have the same 'service' and its.
Description: PCI/ISA Device Info. Service
Company Name: Creative Technology Ltd.

So if you still have a Creative sound card in your PC I'd try an re-install the latest version of its drivers. (

If you used to have one and now have something different, then you need to un-install any creative software you still have.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9708722
What Windows OS are you getting this Event on?  WinNT4 WS?, WinNT 4 Server, Win2K Pro, Win2K Server, Win XP Pro, Win2K3 server???

All of those versions of Windows will log errors to the Event log.  Don't just tell us "windows," because that covers crap like Windows for Workgroups, where the event log was still a gleam in someone's eye...

Author Comment

ID: 9712734
hi iaind i have got to to place where u specified. in the registry editor it says the location of the file is
but the file is not present in the location. can i delete this entry from the registry .


Expert Comment

ID: 9713255
If you don't have any problems with sound and don't have a creative sound card then I'd say that this should be no problem with it not running.

One thing that you could try before deleteing the entry is to change the start key to 3 (manual) or 4 (disabled).

If that does not help then yeah delete it (after exporting a copy of the registry key incase you need to put it back).
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Expert Comment

ID: 9716367
Try running regclean first before deleting the file manualy.  Regclean will get rid of unnessary garbage in your registry.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9717710
I don't know if regclean would be a good idea if the OS is not Win98 or earlier.  We still don't know what version of Windows is being run, here.

Expert Comment

ID: 9718414
I would not recomend RegClean anyway.  I dislike any application making the descion of what can be deleted from the registry.  And would never recomend it to anyone unless they were able to review the changes and know if they should be done.

OS Version.. I'd say Win2k.  Its got an event log... and installed in C:\WINNT.... and the export from the event log (first post) is in a Win2K format.  It could be XP, but with the WINNT directory it would have had to be an upgrade as I don't think XP installs to WINNT.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9718714
Thanx, but we shouldn't have to guess...

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Expert Comment

ID: 12034249
Under  Windows XP Family edition.
I have Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS Platinium with the same problem.
The PfModNT service failed to start due to the following error:24 <
Computer: MSI 850 PRO5
 Event Source: Service Control Manager .
I reinstalled the Creative drivers , then in Service Control Manager , properties of PfModNT, I changed the starting mode from ( aotomatique ) to (Manuel)  and reboot.
Eeverything seems to work since about three weeks.

Is it the good way? Because since this time  in the Register, under  Key_Local_Machine\System\Controlset001\ Services\PfModNt is always opened.

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