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i8042prt Event ID 7026 The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

chrisupman asked
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Last Modified: 2010-09-21
I am having a problem with a service in Microsoft Windows 2003.  The service is i8042prt.
Event ID 7026
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

I get this on a HP Proliant ML150 G2 server.  
My research on old threads from this site took me to this link
The solution for that question didn't work for me.  I do know its related to having a USB keyboard and mouse hooked up to the server.  The server comes with a PS2 keyboard and mouse but I use a KVM to switch between another server that is all USB.  
I emailed HP and they sent me this link http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=PSD_DG030507_CW01&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN
but it has no solution for making sure the error is not logged.  
I just want to make the service not run at all so it doesn't show up in the log.  
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Well it appears that I have found my solution on how to solve the issue.  
You can boot into recovery console and type disable i8042prt or you can navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt edit the "Start" Value to 4.
This will change onboot_service to disabled.

Thanks GeekSquad!
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Excellent Thread.  Worked for my on a Win2k3 installation on a Presario 6000 as well!  Thanks a ton!

Great answer Chris!

Awsome thread .... works on HP DC7600 and HP DC5700 workstations also. Has something to do with the PS2 ports. Regardless ... it clears the error. :) Good Post!!
Just a note, this is even documented in MS' Knoweldgebase:
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