Server Busy...

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Dec 4, 2018
Received a dialog box that will not go away: Server Busy - "This action cannot be completed because the other program is busy. Choose 'switch to' to activate the busy program and correct the problem".

This message began appearing right after I installed the Garmin GPS update software that required Microsoft's .NET Framework 4.7.2 installation.

Now, I am unable to start any programs on my computer (Windows 7, 64-bit). Furthermore, I am not able to run any command prompts or diagnostic tools that require my clicking "Start" and then entering a name -- the cursor just sits there motionless! I've tried clicking on the "Switch To..." and "Retry" button within the offending dialog box many many times, but to no avail. I've opened Task Manager and highlighted the "Server Busy" line and clicked "End Task". While the line item disappears, the problems with running programs and the like continues!

I've attempted to download "NetFxRepairTool.exe" from Microsoft, that is supposed to help troubleshoot common issues with the setup of .NET Framework, but it will not download.

I have successfully (once that is) opened a Command Prompt window in hopes of running "sfc /scannow". However, I received the message that I was not an administrator, which I am for this PC.

The computer exhibits bizarre behavior also - it will let me play videos from the HDD or from YouTube, but there will be no volume. I can browse the Internet just fine. I can open Windows Explorer. But I can not open any programs nor execute any "Start" commands. Everything just hangs up. I can not start any programs from the "Start" menu, however I can start them (most of them) from the desktop shortcut that may have been created previously. That said, the "Server Busy" dialog box re-appears whenever I open Adobe Lightroom 5, which I've had on my computer for years without issue. I truly believe that the problem lies with the recent installation of the MS .NET Framework which blends itself into the operating system and cannot simply be removed like any other program.

Any help in resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated -- my apologies if the above text is a little jumbled.

Following is some information about my computer as requested:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16324 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 2047 GB (1730 GB Free); D: 0 GB (0 GB Free); E: 1863 GB (384 GB Free); F: 1862 GB (1084 GB Free); H: 931 GB (196 GB Free); I: 0 GB (0 GB Free); J: 83 GB (55 GB Free); N: 5589 GB (739 GB Free); Q: 931 GB (927 GB Free); R: 4657 GB (882 GB Free); T: 3725 GB (605 GB Free); U: 2794 GB (1156 GB Free);
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., Z97-AR
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated


Apr 1, 2016
Can you restart the computer in safe mode and de-install both the Garmin and Dot Net? Maybe restore to a previous point? THan download the DOt Net directly from MS. Install, Reboot. If all is fine then create a new restore point. After that install the Garmin.
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