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My Win 7, 32bit system is informing me that it will shutdown in 60 seconds about 5 or 6 times a day.  When I check the event viewer, if find this entry just before the restart:
The system process 'C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe' terminated unexpectedly with status code 255.  The system will now shut down and restart.

Any ideas as to the problem? or better:  the solution!?  

Thanks,
Stephen
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You could also take a look at this page:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprogeneral/thread/f5f44b82-b0cc-4813-8199-62964f386500
lsass.exe, failed with status code 255 at random times!
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Thanks for the quick reply.

I have seen this thread, but it doesn't seem to apply.  My problem is not in 64 bit and doesn't happen when RDC is being used.  It is seemingly spontaneous - meaning I am not doing anything in particular when it happens - or so I think.

Also, though I am sure it is built on the same or similar platform, this is Win 7 and not Vista.

Let me know if this changes anything or if anyone else is experiencing this.  thanks.
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The link I gave you is for a Windows 7 similar problem.  It happens at random times also.  Are you in a domain?  Are you using Kerberos?
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Thanks Lee - there are a few things I can try from this thread.
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To clarify, I posted my first response before I saw yours.  Thanks again.

Yes, I am in a domain - though I'm not sure about the AD part.
I don't know what Kerberos is, so I will say no on that.

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sdedola, any luck tracking down your problem?
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I checked out all of the options posted.  I am trying the power saving settings approach.  I have turned off the sleep function on the NIC.  I can't say yet if this has solved it.  If I have a reboot free day, I will consider it a fix and report it here.

Thanks to everyone who posted possible solutions.

Stephen
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Update.

I have gone a week without a crash, so I am ready to say the NIC sleep function was the culprit.  

Thanks for all the help LeeTutor - you truly deserve your "master" status. :)
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This problem is back.  I having two symptoms:

1.  When I unlock my computer, my network is not immediately available and often crashes Outlook.
2.  I am getting the "Windows has encountered an error and will shutdown" problem about once a day.

Any new ideas?
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