svchost.exe- applcation error

February 6, 2010 at 09:32:08
Specs: Windows XP
the application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142).

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February 6, 2010 at 14:47:22

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February 6, 2010 at 15:49:32
Is there anything else on the screen when you see that message??
If so, tell us what you see.

I'm assuming you can still get into Windows normally otherwise

Hold down Alt and Ctrl, press Del , let go of the keys.
That pops up Task Manager.
Click on the Processes tab if that window isn't already there.
Do you see at least one Svchost there in the list ? You often see several of them.

If you see Svchost there, there's nothing wrong with Svchost.

SVChost is a Microsoft "slave" program that is used by other programs that are not in the Processes list. It's one of those programs that's using Svchost that can't initialize properly.

Unfortunately many things can cause the error you're getting.

If you use: svchost.exe application error
to search with on the web there are many causes.

Did you install, or did something install, some software just before this first happened ??

If so, that would be a good clue.

Some general things you can try I found on the web.

"This is what I've found to work. Log in and turn off automatic updates. Then reboot. Do a manual windows update. Reboot. Then turn back on automatic updates. This has worked every time that I've this error appears. "

Manual Windows Update

Go to the Microsoft web site.
Downloads and Trials - Microsoft Update

If you haven't been there before, you will be prompted to load some software - do that.

Click on Express search.

Have it install everything found.

If that doesn't help ...

Start - Run - type: msconfig , click OK or press Enter
Click on the Startup tab.

Disable everything in that list.


Two System Configuration Windows will pop up.
Click on the large X top right in each Window to close them.

If you didn't get the error, one of those programs in the Startup list is causing the error.

More info about using msconfig to disable Startup programs

See Response 4 in this:

You could try enabling a few programs from loading at a time until you get the error afterb you reboot - then you know one of the enabled programs is the cause of the error - then disable the enabled ones one by one , reboot each time, until you don't get the error - the last one you disabled is what caused the error - tell us what the program name is.

Go to Control Panel
Classic View
Administrative Tools
- go to the following Service : Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework
RIGHT Click on that line, then choose Properties ----> in the start up type choose Disabled.

Then reboot the system.

That may disable the error, but it probably won't help finding the cause.
You may need to enable it later - mine's set to Manual

You can find out which programs are using each instance of Svchost. Go to the Microsoft site
and search for: Process Explorer
, download it, install it, run it.
Open up the instances of Svchost.exe

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February 6, 2010 at 15:59:33
Dr. Watson may help.

FILENAME: Dwwin.exe.
DESCRIPTION: Microsoft application error-reporting tool, which gathers data about malfunctioning software and can send it to Microsoft.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Permit once to transmit this information.
Start > Help & Support, type > Dr into Search & press Enter.
Description of the Dr. Watson (Drwatson.exe) Tool.
Dr. Watson is a diagnostic tool that gathers information about your computer when a problem occurs with a program. The information gathered by Dr. Watson is called a snapshot. The snapshot includes information that:
Identifies the program that has a problem.
Offers a detailed description of the cause.
May provide a resolution for the problem.
A Dr. Watson icon appears on the taskbar after you start Dr. Watson. You can create a snapshot using Dr. Watson by right-clicking the Dr. Watson icon on the taskbar, and then clicking Dr. Watson. To start Dr. Watson, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
On the Tools menu, click Dr. Watson.
If you want to start Dr. Watson automatically when your computer starts, create a Dr. Watson shortcut in your Startup group. For information about how to create a shortcut in your Startup group, click Start, click Help, click the Index tab, type shortcuts, and then double-click the Adding to the Startup Menu topic.

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