How to Fix Svchost Exe Application Error

Windows XP is still a widely used operating system developed by the programmers of Microsoft. It is extremely user friendly comparing it with the previous editions and allows different levels of customizations. However, there are some problems with that operating system as well.

Some errors that generate after a particular version of Windows XP are used for some time period. One of those errors is the SVCHOST.EXE error that comes in with a dialogue box. It doesn’t harm the flow of the work and you click OK to get rid of the dialogue box but the repetitive nature of the error is actually harmful and frustrating at the same time. You can also click cancel to debug the program depending on your choice of options. The main cause of this error is that windows update ran before the last shutdown of the computer and didn’t finish. The error continues to appear even if the personal computer is started in Safe Mode so there is actually no way out from this problem except that you can get rid of it somehow. Hence, taking some time out of the busy routine and following a procedure stated below will help you in getting rid of the ironic error that is actually quite frustrating because it suddenly halts the whole system and you can do nothing without having dealt with the options.


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    The bottom left-corner of the desktop will have the option of Start button. Click it. The menu will open in front of you. Click the Run option and then type the following command: “service.msc” in the text field. Click Ok.

  • 2

    Double click the Automatic Updates service that will be seen at the right-hand pane and open it. Select the Log On tab. Default log on account should be Local System Account, ensure that it is the case.

  • 3

    The option, “Allow service to interact with desktop" will initially be checked. You have to uncheck the option. Now go to the Hardware Profile section, also found under the Log On tab. Enable this service.

  • 4

    Go to General tab; ensure that start-up type is Automatic.

  • 5

    Service Status and Background Intelligent Transfer Service should be enabled by you.

  • 6

    Go to Run and type cmd. Click Ok.

  • 7

    In the new window, write REGSVR32 WUAPI.DLL and press Enter.

  • 8

    Restart the windows update service.

  • 9

    Reboot your PC.

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