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Virtual Memory problems

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by zeke, Sep 4, 2004.

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  1. zeke

    zeke Thread Starter

    Jul 22, 2001
    I have three problems that just started happening.

    I am running win2K with service pack 4 and I am getting this virtual memory problem dialogue box on boot up. Something to the affects of needing to increase the size of my pagin file. I tried increasing it and rebooting and nothing happens. On the performance dialogue box the virtual memory stays the same at 20mb even though I changed it! Done this many many times with the same results.

    Problem two: I am trying to uninstall adobe reader (and a few other applications I don't use) because I am having problems with the newest version but I am getting the following message. "The windows installer service could not be accessed. Contact your support personnel to verify that the windows installer service is properly registered." Don't know what that's all about. Yes, I am logged in as administrator.

    Problem three: Upon bootup I am getting this userinit.exe - no disk message. No disk in drive A:

    Thanks for the help.
  2. lizard


    May 11, 2004
    Hi zeke!

    Patient one. :)

    Virtual memory becomes unstable over time because it is on your hard disk and gets defragmented, like everything else on it. Have you defragmented your Drive lately?

    Do you get the message when you clean boot your pc?
    For XP.. http://www.theforumz.com/forumz/showthread/t-46946.html

    Also, I found that there are mulitple error codes associated with that message you are getting
    I googled the problem and came up with an error code - 1601 from this page:
    there is a small description of the functions that return these codes at the top of the page.

    From this page... http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;321497
    I've found these instructions for fixing the windows installer... for XP though.....I think it would work for 2000, not 100% sure though..
    "To resolve this problem, shut down the Windows Installer service and then re-register it. This makes sure that the Windows Installer engine functions properly. To do this, follow these steps:
    Click Start, and then click Run.
    In the Open box, type msiexec /unreg, and then click OK.
    When this process is complete, click Start, and then click Run.
    In the Open box, type msiexec /regserver, and then click OK.
    When this process is complete, reinstall the update."

    This is the same message...error code 1719
    Windows Installer Error 1719
    which also offers the same fix basically...
    "Reregister the Windows Installer service by typing "msiexec /unregister" and then "msiexec /regserver" at the command line."

    Maybe that will do it for two: I hope! :)

    Be careful about userinit.exe
    From this site: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtutorial=44
    "UserInit Key - This key specifies what program should be launched right after a user logs into Windows. The default program for this key is C:\windows\system32\userinit.exe. Userinit.exe is a program that restores your profile, fonts, colors, etc for your username. It is possible to add further programs that will launch from this key by separating the programs with a comma. For example:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit =C:\windows\system32\userinit.exe,c:\windows\badprogram.exe.

    This will make both programs launch when you log in and is a common place for trojans, hijackers, and spyware to launch from."

    You may be infected... :eek:
    If you think you have, post this problem at the Security Forum here at TSG...
    and good luck with fixin! (y)

    Hope it helps!!

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