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Failed to initialize common updater subsystem




My Windows XP computer didn't want to start correctly and started hanging on startup. The normal icons next to the clock didn't appear until I restarted explorer.exe (with the task manager kill the process and use execute new taks to run "explorer" or "explorer.exe".

The process shstat.exe of McAfee was also causing a lot of cpu usage. I then tried to use McAfee and found some options like the update were giving errors. More precisely Failed to initialize common updater subsystem. Make sure McAfee Framework Service is running. McAfee Common Framework returned error ffffff95 @ 2. The last part seems to change for some people on the internet. I guess a part the program somehow got corrupted or it is some bug. An internet search didn't reveal any solutions other than reinstalling McAfee.

The reinstall took quite some time (please note that you need to overwrite the previous settings by unchecking a field) but seems to have solved the problem with McAfee.

I did still have a problem after startup. Still quite slow and not every icon/program showing. Restarting explorer has some effect. And restarting my computer fixes most of the other issues.



3 blog comments below

Try 'cleaning' your registry. It's the cause of around 50% of problems I come across.

I'm still waiting for your OS, 'Frios'. Wouldn't get these sort of problems with that or need to run McAfee! Razz
mathiaus on Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:02 am
If you have your OS CD you shall repair your windows XP. This should solve your issue.
Ladislas on Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:39 pm
try to reformat your computer for better solution.. install a good AV like avast fore better security against malicious files and also try to install malwarebyte's anti-malware fore maximum protection..
matamlayin on Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:09 pm



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