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I received the following message:

wmiprvse.exe

The instruction at 0x/012ce970 referenced memory at 0x0000000.  the memory could not be "written"

Click OK to terminate the program
click Cancel to debug the program

What should I do?  I noticed that one of my USB HD is now full and I'm attempting to delete some files.  Would this correct the issue?
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does it happen frequently or just "today" and only for that problem? you can check your eventlog if more errors in that way appear.

did you recently added ram to your system?

you can run a memory test e.g. Memtest or Windiag, these tools test your memory and you can see if something went broken.
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Possibly a memory issue. check your RAM first, go to memtest.org

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sorry for spam, here is a how to for memtest:

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic62524.html
You most likely have the W32/Sonebot worm

Look here in the registry. If you need further details, please ask.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
Kernel_check = wmiprvse.exe       <== If this entry exists, delete it

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices\
Kernel_check = wmiprvse.exe     <== If this entry exists, delete it


clean boot the computer first and see if it appears after clean boot. If it doesnt appear after clean boot, then its probably a 3rd party software causing it.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353
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When you have unexpected behavior, run an up to date virus scanner or an anti malware scanner like MBAM.
Michael DyerSenior Systems Support Analyst
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If it does turn out to be a memory issue, sometimes a simple hardward cleaning will correct that.  Turn off the computer and open it up and reseat all of the memory chips.  Blow the whole thing out with compressed air and then put it back together.  Also check that all of the fans are blowing - heat is not the computer's friend.
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>>   I noticed that one of my USB HD is now full and I'm attempting to delete some files.  Would this correct the issue?   <<   maybe; but what is certain is that a disk should NEVER be nearly full - it needs space to be able to read and write to (temp files)...
so start with freeing up disk space !
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