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Windows XP error: svchost.exe – Application Error

One morning when restoring my pc from hibernate – I got this error:

svchost.exe — application error the instruction at “0x745f2780” reference memory at “0x00000000”. the memory could not be ‘read’

Once this error is closed you can’t start anything – and XP crashes when trying to shut down.

Fortunately, if you don’t close any of the error messages down, windows still works.

Using google I found this solution by Scott Swigart (see the 2nd solution) – Thanks a million Scott!!!

1.Go 2 the start menu
2.Right click “my computer”
3.Click “properties” then the “automatic updates” tab
4.Choose “turn off automatic updates”
5.Reboot your computer
6.Go back to start menu and in all programs go to “windows update” you have to be connected to the internet.
7.Manually update windows.
8.Turn your automatic updates back on.

I have also had a number of people comment that the problem reappears after some time.  The recommended fix, if the problem reappears, is to turn off automatic updates, and just manually go to Windows Update periodically and update your machine.

This article is part of the GWB Archives. Original Author: Tim Huffam

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