svchost.exe application error on bootup

Posted on 2008-10-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
Windows XP Media Center. Cannot access shared files on server. Internet works okay. Can print to printer on network. Removed SP3, tried System Restore from different restore points four times. It failed each time. Can access shared files from other computers on the same network.
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Send us your HijackThis ( log. Also, try disabling Automatic Updates and see what happens.
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Also, have you checked your event viewer for anything related to the problem?
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Try this>
Turn off auto updates.
Carry out a manual Windows update.
Now turn on auto updates again.
If the problem reappears, turn off automatic updates and periodically manually select Windows Update.
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If unsuccessful, try the following method of re-Registering Windows Update DLLs.
Please note that it may not resolve all SVCHOST.EXE Application errors >

How to Repair this SVCHOST.EXE error:

@ orangutang  .. sorry, i didn't initially see your reference to disabling Auto updates.
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Also, is your CPU usage high, due to svchost.exe ?

You may want to try running Process Explorer version 11.13:

If CPU usage is high, see the excellent list of articles by LeeTutor in this next EE question>

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I decided to do an HP PC Recovery. That fixed my svchost.exe propblem. I can now access the file server and other PCs on the local network. It did present other problems like having to reload some of the applications. Also, My Documents was blown away. I coudn't find my old My Documents folder and
the files under it. So, I used a Knoppix disk to boot up Linux. I was able to see my old My Documents, but I got an "Access Denied" message when I tried to get the files over to my new My Documents folder.
So, I rebooted into the Safe Mode and as an Administrator, I took ownership of a folder to gain access to it. I used this site: to do it. There are few more loose ends to tie up but I am much closer to a "normal" system. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.
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You're welcome.  Incidently as this is your first question and you seem to have resolved your own problem, you may wish to retrieve your points by clicking the Accept As Solution button in your own comment.   Thank you.

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