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"services.exe terminated unexpectedly" on boot

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Jul 21, 2006, 7:49:28 PM7/21/06
Hi all,

I'm having a serious problem. I just installed Windows XP SP2 on my
desktop (Windows Professional). Now when I boot up, right after I've
logged in but before my desktop appears, I get the following error

"This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progerss and log
off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shutdown was initiated by
NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM. Message: The system process
"C:\Windows\system32\services.exe terminated unexpectedly with status
code -1073741784. The system will now shut down and restart."

Then it just hangs - doesn't restart, won't let me do anything else.

Fortunately, I can still boot into safe mode w/ networking, so I've
been googling this for a few hours now, and here's what I've tried,
based on things I've googled:
- ms registry fix -;en-us;318447
- installing this security bulletin -
- disable all non MS services via msconfig

I can't run Windows Update because it gives an error when I go to and try to search for needed

I tried doing a system restore to the point before installing SP2 ...
but the problem persists, and now it tells me that system restore can
no longer help me. I'm flummoxed.

I can do a fresh install, but I need to rescue my files first; I have a
second hard drive mounted, and I could move my important stuff there
... if only I could drag and drop in safe mode. But I think I can
figure out the command line required for that.

So, what else can I try to get my system working again?

Ian Varley

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