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  1. Note: Dial-a-fix is actually asking the operating itself to reinstall whatever you requested by launching rundll32 against setupapi.dll. Is this for a specific computer, or a problem with SP3 machines in general? (I have yet to try Dial-a-fix with SP3 due to the time constraints of my new job.) If you are trying to get a specific service to reinstall itself, call Microsoft as they have free support for SP3 issues (I don't know if it's still in effect but I assume so) and this would be an SP3 issue (not a Dial-a-fix issue). If it's just a general question, I have no idea how to fix or work around this because it's SP3's fault. Forums madman 'cluberti' might be able to shed more light on this one.
  2. (Tarun or cluberti, please create a guide for using Dependency Walker for end-users. It could come in useful in these situations.) I've run into similar situations with ClassInstallers and they can be quite a pain to repair. The main network adapter ClassInstaller is here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318} It references NetCfgx.dll. It should contain the following values normally: Class - REG_SZ - "Net" EnumPropPages32 - REG_SZ - "NetCfgx.dll,NetPropPageProvider" Icon - REG_SZ - "-5" Installer32 - REG_SZ - "NetCfgx.dll,NetClassInstaller" Also make sure the file C:\WINDOWS\INF\netclass.inf exists and is readable. In my experience these are usually all correct and Windows is broken elsewhere. These ClassInstaller problems can be pretty complicated. You can attempt to roll back the SYSTEM registry hive (if you're savvy/a fast learner or don't have much to lose) using the guide here: https://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/System_Volume_Information I highly suggest backing up all of your data and preparing for a reinstall because that's infinitely easier than fixing this situation (unless we get really lucky).
  3. Doubt so. Nobody destroyed Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Firefox or OpenOffice.org. Those are major software packages (and Linux is a fricking kernel). Malware authors and scam artists are not smart enough to be able to use the code in those packages for anything. It's not that easy to slip a few lines of code in, change a few logos, and pass those things off as malware or fake PC repair software to the masses, but that could happen quite easily to a small-time program like Dial-a-fix. It would be very easy for WinAntiSpyware or others to bundle it in their programs and sully my name into the ground by making it not work, or report fake repairs. Hell, they might even make a lot of money if they straight-up use Dial-a-fix since DAF actually *does something*, where most of their fake PC repair programs are garbage.
  4. It doesn't really make sense that you could format/reinstall and still have the problem while other PCs are connecting to the SMTP just fine. When you reinstalled, are you using a recovery disc that deploys a bunch of Sony junk? What antivirus/security package is installed? (Remove it!) I have no clue about this problem, but you will need to register on the forums and then have this moved to the appropriate tech support section since it is not a Dial-a-fix issue.
  5. Click "Flush SoftwareDistribution" and click No (if you don't care about keeping update history). Next time you go to Windows Update, it will rebuild again which will take a while (and you may get no progress bar or one that moves indefinitely again). Be patient here, as it will probably work this time but you will have to give it plenty of time. You may also be prompted to reinstall parts of Windows Update (it's a good sign).
  6. Restart the computer, run the same sections again and it will reinstall it. Then click Flush SoftwareDistribution and click No.
  7. Thanks for the praise! I might actually get around to updating Dial-a-fix at some point in the future... no promises though! :hides:
  8. I have had several Gigabyte motherboards (among other brands) that always POSTed with the message "Check System Health!". It turns out it means nothing! I've never noticed a single issue on any of them.
  9. Dial-a-fix can reinstall Help and Support. Click the hammer button and find your solution.
  10. I hope tools like Dial-a-fix are obsoleted by properly working operating systems! Anyway, holy crap - I'm glad you were able to resolve things using DAF. I thought you were done for! I'm used to seeing things go downhill fast when there are errors such as the ones you described. Also, were you running that previous SFC scan from Safe Mode? If so, that's the cause of the RPC server unavailability. (It is not possible to run SFC scans from Safe Mode - I wish I knew why and wish I could override this behavior by force.)
  11. It's caused by Panda Antivirus, most likely. I'd remove that and proceed with repairing your computer. You can reinstall it (or something better, like AVG, avast, avira, nod32, etc) after you're done.
  12. DjLizard

    No errors shown?

    If it was successful then there will be no errors or dialogs. The log will show that a bunch of things were processed in that section. Have you tested your hardware first? http://lunarsoft.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=2269
  13. Most likely. There is probably a severe dependency loss somewhere down the line which is causing every one of the problems all at once. On one customer machine, every program was freaking (in a strange way) because he had lost C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS. Another user had permissions entirely removed from C:\WINDOWS\Registration\*.*. Another had all of his Winlogon Notify keys deleted by some malware. That's something you should look at: open regedit and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify. You should have at the very least crypt32chain, cscdll, ScCertProp, SensLogn, wlballoon, and possibly a few others (such as Schedule, termsrv). If you are missing most (or all) of the first 5 I listed then you can get a default notify .reg patch. Have you checked out your system hardware? I would do a hard drive test now to ensure that this effort isn't in vain. See the sticky at the top of this forum and get Hitachi DFT or something to sector-test your drive. A memory test would be a good idea too, although usually memory problems are much more in-your-face (blue screens of death, etc). Regarding Dial-a-fix's BITS installer, it's in Windows' hands pretty much the moment you click on the tool, so any errors that occur are logged by Windows (or not) and cannot be logged by Dial-a-fix.
  14. Damnit, and here I was installing update 5 all week. Stupid Sun, constantly patching Java. I have to keep removing 40 versions of Java to install the new one (thanks to JavaRa this is now easier) because modern malware often gets in through Java exploits when all the IE holes are closed or you're using Firefox. Yeah, Firefox isn't safe at all if you have Java. Did you hear about the Flash exploit that works in IE and Firefox using the same .swf? It appeared in some ads rotated by major, major websites (the main one I read about was USA Today).
  15. No problem! Mind you, what commercial programs exactly are able to do what Dial-a-fix does? All I've ever seen are fake RAM "optimizers" and registry "cleaners", which are mostly crap. None of the PC "repair" programs I've ever seen or tried could actually fix anything. Also, it is indeed completely safe to let Dial-a-fix run its entire gamut of options. It's interesting to do this on a system where it's gone berzerk and you don't know why - if you get any errors, you at least have something to start working with (or against, in the case of DLL dependency problems). Do not ever forget to run proper RAM and HDD diagnostics before attempting anything in Dial-a-fix. Very subtle hard drive problems (like a single bad sector) can sometimes cripple Windows, and if you start writing to a failing HDD (by way of using Dial-a-fix, for instance), it begins to fail faster and harder, and it might make someone think I broke their machine. See also: https://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Dial-a-fix#Known_issues Finally, Dial-a-fix is about half of what it actually could be, were it that I had the drive or time to continue its progress. My to-do list of new fixes is extensive, and eventually, Dial-a-fix would have actually looked like a commercial product in the end (by this I simply mean polished and professional). I hope to find someone to partner with that will allow the next Dial-a-fix to see light of day. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the program. Enjoy your stay at Lunarsoft and be sure to take advantage of our Add Reply and New Topic buttons whenever possible.
  16. DjLizard


    Oh god damnit, I needed this tool today and searched everywhere for it and forgot it was right here at Lunarsoft. I knew I'd seen it somewhere, I had just forgotten its name.
  17. Oh great, some weak-a** antivirus is causing this. Did you know that Panda is run by a scientologist?
  18. DjLizard


    Was on my to-do list already. Having a hard time getting to work on Dial-a-fix lately.
  19. You can't really cancel once it is in this state, so kill the program however you can. Apparently this has happened to a couple of people so far; I don't know why since I have not run into it myself. I almost don't know where to begin unless the computer was in front of me. We would like some more information about your computer, so go ahead and post the log that is created when you first open Dial-a-fix (so I can get some system details). What you may need to do is go the manual route: open cmd and run the commands Dial-a-fix runs manually. Start > Run > cmd.exe When the command prompt box opens, try: net stop cryptsvc This may generate an error after timing out, or it might tell you that it's not in a state to where you can send it a start or stop command. If that's the case, restart your computer and try net stop cryptsvc again to see what happens and then post about it here.
  20. It can't do that because there is no interface to gather registration data from the DllRegisterServer() function. All you can do (as an external party who does not have access to the source code to Microsoft's registerable DLLs) is call the function and let it do whatever Microsoft designed it to do, so, that's all Dial-a-fix is able to do.
  21. I apologize for the inconvenience. Dial-a-fix uses the default INF that Microsoft supplied, which apparently contains a command to remove members from the "Users" group. If you are using Windows XP Pro, this is easy to fix. If you are not, then you will need to roll back the SAM and SECURITY hives using this guide: https://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/System_Volume_Information If you are in XP Pro, click Start > Run > lusrmgr.msc Click Users, double-click the user that isn't showing up anymore, click the "Member Of" tab, click "Add", and then type "Users". This will all be changed in a future version of Dial-a-fix.
  22. I don't remember Internet Explorer 6 ever showing up in Add/Remove... it's IE 7 that does this, and you can't get IE 7 for Windows 2000 (isn't that correct? I forget...)
  23. Ah, Windows 2000. This is a bug that probably won't get fixed by MS. The gist: svchost entries are missing and need to be re-applied. Windows Update will probably work after merging the .reg listed on the "Superfail part 2" link at the top of that article and rebooting. Anyway, those three "Superfail" articles are all I know about this.
  24. I've never seen anything like this. I would suggest to install Script Host 5.6 next: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en
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