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How To Fix Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error

If you are encountering Generic Host for Win32 Process error it means the following, you received this error while starting your computer and you are using Windows XP service pack 2(If you are using any other Window, you can still use the method in this post to fix it). The reason of this error is due to a bug in Windows security update 873333 (MS05-012), if you installed this update then you will definitely receive this error.

The other problem that this security update gives is that file names are not displayed in e-mail messages that include file attachments when the following conditions are true:

  • The file name contains double-byte character set (DBCS) characters.
  • The file name is longer than 42 characters.

Method 1 – Applying Microsoft’s Patch

There are different methods to fix these problems, but the best way is to download Microsoft security patch that fixes this bug in the previous security upgrade. You can download it from here(Note that this security patch is for Windows XP 32 bit version only). After it is installed, simply restart your computer and you will not receive this error.

Note: This patch above is for Windows XP 32 bit version only. To get complete list of patches for Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 64 bit/32bit and Windows XP 64 bit, please go here.

Method 2 – Updating Your Windows Manually

If this does not fix your problem then try using this method,

Go to the Start menu and right-click My Computer and select Properties, in the properties window click on Automatic Updates tab and select Turn Off Automatic Updates and reboot your computer.

Now go to Start menu > All programs > Windows Update(make sure you are connected to internet while following this step). Here manually update your Windows and in the end Turn your Automatic Updates back on. Finally reboot your computer once again.

The Generic Host for Win32 process error will finally vanish forever !

If this method does not work, let us know, and we will do our best to help you. Got any questions, suggestions, or feedback? Let us know in the comments.

34 Comments

  1. I too have a problem i.e. after downloading what u showed above, it still continued. Please give me another solution. When the error comes, I’ve sent the error report many a times but still Microsoft doesn’t make any action. And when I click the button to show what error is, it displays………. I’ll see n tell later POSITIVELY. TILL THAT TIME FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION.

  2. Whenever this error comes, our wrk losts n internet disconnects then I’ve sent error report many a times nut MICROSOFT is not taking any action.I want this problem to be solved imidiately

  3. By following first method, ITS WRITTEN THAT
     After it is installed, simply restart your computer and you will not receive this error. BUT I STILL RECEIVE THIS ERROR

  4. I too have a problem i.e. after downloading what u showed above, it still continued. Please give me another solution. When the error comes, I’ve sent the error report many a times but still Microsoft doesn’t make any action. And when I click the button to show what error is, it displays………. I’ll see n tell later POSITIVELY. TILL THAT TIME FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION.

  5. Wow
    The questions (problems) need to be worded so ppl can understand and the solutions WOW.
    Anyone new to check this site, please go elsewhere, you will never resolve problems from taking any of the above advice.

  6. if no solution, try quick heal total security (install with built in firewall) you will find no error, just click on ok when it ask about svcost or generic host dialogue.

  7. wash ur pc with water and solve this problem………………………………………….
    so you can try this……………

  8. its very easy my friends….just follow these easy steps on ur pc.
    goto registry editor—to go to registry editor,click start button,then click run,write down there REGEDIT and press enter—then follow this process
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,then
    system,then
    controlset001,then
    services,then
    NEtbt,then
    click on parameter and double click on the last menu in right side(Transportbindname)
    delete the bottom column where device is written.then click ok.its now finished.

  9. sorry for bad writing! It is very easy! go to Add or Remove Programs, click in the upper right corner show updates! then uninstal all windows security updates! restar after all uninstal’s! and the disappeared….4 ever ;)))))) J.PN.

    • Had much the same problem with XP, SP3. Tried many solutions listed, none worked. Then found comments on the web about TDSSkiller.exe. Downloaded from Kaspersky and it worked right away.

  10. this solutions are do not working.please tell me another more useful solution.I must fix this problem It blocks my computer network system. This problem i never see this problem afterward start my computer it appears suddenly during my computer working 2-3 hours please help me

  11. this solutions are do not working.please tell me another more useful solution.I must fix this problem It blocks my computer network system. This problem i never see this problem afterward start my computer it appears suddenly during my computer working 2-3 hours please help me

  12. this solutions are do not working.please tell me another more useful solution.I must fix this problem It blocks my computer network system. This problem i never see this problem afterward start my computer it appears suddenly during my computer working 2-3 hours please help me

  13. I tried every fix, sitll have problem. Please note, I am not computer literate, but I can follow directions! When I try to install patch, it says my pack is newer, so will not allow patch to install.

  14. same problem on windows server 2003 and close the 3 service :
    1- server.
    2-workstation.
    3- and RRAS is turned of with her self.
    and no one in the network can accss my server ,put i can ping
    any one help iam useing macafee enterprise 8.5i

    and another something weird: when iam trying to right click on any folder or drive i cant see the tab of security and sharing and every thin is shear before is turned off… any help plz

    • Registry hack to fix Generic Host for Win32

      1.   
      Navigate to:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM
      > CurrentControlSet > Services > Browser > Parameters

      Find the key IsDomainMaster.
      Double click and enter False (as shown in image above).

      Restart Windows for the fix to be in effect.

      2.      Cmd-netsh-Winshock

       

      3.    Regedit 

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOle 

      Find the Key 

      Name: EnableDCO and set 

      Data: N 

      Restart Your PC 

      Problem Is Solved 

    • I had a same problem,
      I have tried many solution but failed every time.
      Lastly I Installed new anti-virus, update the virus definition and scan the system.

      It worked for me……………………..

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