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  • Just started today. Same as everyone else. Already read and performed the check in your canned response in recent threads. No programs on your bad list have been nor are installed, only recent installs were windows updates, and new video card drivers that I got through the device manager driver update.

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    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0xc004d401
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004d401
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    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
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    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Allowed
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
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    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
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    C:\Windows\system32\slmgr.vbs(1634, 5) (null): 0xC004D401

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    Friday, October 31, 2008 6:15 AM

Answers

  • Hello Driver,


    Windows Vista is in what we call a 'Mod-Auth' Tamper state.  There are 2 types of Mod-Auth tampers.

     1) A critical system file was modified On Disk - What this means is that the file, located on the hard drive, and was modified in some way. This can be caused by a malicious program (malware) or by manual file modification (by a user of the system). There is also a very small chance that an Update may fail in mid-update and cause this type of issue. As a safety mechanism, Updates are made so that if they fail, they roll back any updating that was done before the failure, but there is an off-chance that the roll back did not occur.

     2) A critical system file was modified In Memory - What this means is the file itself (on the hard drive) is un-modified, but the code, from that file, running in the system, was modified in some way and is usually caused by a running program that is incompatible with Windows Vista.

     Because there is No Mismatched files listed under the "File Scan Data-->" line of your Diagnostic Report, your issue is an In Memory Mod-Auth and therefore caused by an incompatible program. This means there is a program install and running that is trying to access parts of the OS that Windows Vista does not allow which by definition means it is incompatible with Windows Vista.

     In addition to why a Tamper occurs, it's also important to understand how Windows Vista detects the Tamper event. There is a Service that runs in Windows Vista that detects a Tamper to a Critical System file. But this Service runs randomly, so if you were to install an incompatible program and run it, Windows Vista (most likely) would not immediately enter a Tamper State and it could take some time for the Tamper to be detected. The important point to note is that the moment Windows Vista detects the Tamper, you know that the program that caused the tamper, is currently running.

     Below I have provided a number of steps to help you identify the program that is causing the tamper:

     The following Knowledge Base (KB) article may help you confirm that you do not have any of the programs known to cause this type of issue.

     KB931699 - Error message when you use Windows Vista: "An unauthorized change was made to your license"

     http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931699/

      Second, in your Microsoft Genuine Diagnostic Tool (MGADT) report above, you can see the line that starts with 'TTS Error:' followed by a bunch numbers: M:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx- This is the Tamper Time Stamp and it breaks down like this:

     (Year)       (Month)      (Day)      (Time in 24format)      (Millisecond) 
    M:2008       10              30                 2104                        37084-



     Note: I also see a "K" type Tamper Time Stamp. The “K“stands for Kernel Mode tamper. This is a minor tamper and is most likely directly related to the Mod-Auth tamper. Once you remove the program that is causing the Mod-Auth tamper, I believe that the Kernel mode tamper will stop as well.

    (Year)       (Month)      (Day)      (Time in 24format)      (Millisecond) 

    K:2008         10          30                 2027                          21716-



    Now that you know the time of the tamper, you can now try to connect that time with a program.

     1) Login to Windows Vista and select the option which launches an Internet Browser

    2) Type into the browser address bar: %windir%\system32\perfmon.msc and hit Enter

    3) When asked if you want to Open or Save this file, select Open

    4) In the left hand panel, click Reliability Monitor

    5) Then click System Stability Chart above the date 10/30.  

    6) Below the chart, in the System Stability Report section look at the report titled "Software (Un) Installs for 10/30/2008.

    7) Look for any program that shows "Application Install" in the 'Activity' column.

    8) Since the process that detects tampers runs randomly, it can take up to 3 days for the process to detect the tamper and set Windows Vista to a Tamper State. Because of this, please repeat steps 5) through 7) for the dates 10/29/2008, 10/28/2008, and 10/27/2008. 

    This could tell you what programs were installed on or around the Tamper date and should help you narrow down the possible programs that could be causing the issue. Unfortunately, if you installed the program (say) on 09/01/2007, but you didn't run (and, hence, prompted the tamper state) till 10/30/2008, this process may not be helpful.  The removal of any application you may have installed recently could go a long way to troubleshooting these issues as well since it may fall outside of the 3 day time frame described above.

    Note: Since everyone has different programs installed on their computer, it is extremely hard for support to figure out what program is causing the problem, but if you still need assistance in identifying the Incompatible Program, please create a no cost support request at the following link below:

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52029



    Thank you for visiting the Genuine Advantage forum.




    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager

    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Thursday, November 6, 2008 7:10 PM
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 7:07 PM
  • Hello Driver,

    Did you try and resolve the issue by following the steps provided?  Next please visit http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11732#tab0 and locate the telephone support link. You will need more support than what we can provide you with here in the forum.


    Thank you and sorry we could not provide you with a total resolution.


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager
    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:27 PM
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:27 PM

All replies

  • I'll tell you what. How about I just send you back this garbage Vista, and you can send me an exchange of XP pro. Also, you can go ahead and pay me the 10 or so labor hours it is going to take for me to reinstall all of my software, drivers and updates.
    Friday, October 31, 2008 4:37 PM
  • Hello Driver,


    Windows Vista is in what we call a 'Mod-Auth' Tamper state.  There are 2 types of Mod-Auth tampers.

     1) A critical system file was modified On Disk - What this means is that the file, located on the hard drive, and was modified in some way. This can be caused by a malicious program (malware) or by manual file modification (by a user of the system). There is also a very small chance that an Update may fail in mid-update and cause this type of issue. As a safety mechanism, Updates are made so that if they fail, they roll back any updating that was done before the failure, but there is an off-chance that the roll back did not occur.

     2) A critical system file was modified In Memory - What this means is the file itself (on the hard drive) is un-modified, but the code, from that file, running in the system, was modified in some way and is usually caused by a running program that is incompatible with Windows Vista.

     Because there is No Mismatched files listed under the "File Scan Data-->" line of your Diagnostic Report, your issue is an In Memory Mod-Auth and therefore caused by an incompatible program. This means there is a program install and running that is trying to access parts of the OS that Windows Vista does not allow which by definition means it is incompatible with Windows Vista.

     In addition to why a Tamper occurs, it's also important to understand how Windows Vista detects the Tamper event. There is a Service that runs in Windows Vista that detects a Tamper to a Critical System file. But this Service runs randomly, so if you were to install an incompatible program and run it, Windows Vista (most likely) would not immediately enter a Tamper State and it could take some time for the Tamper to be detected. The important point to note is that the moment Windows Vista detects the Tamper, you know that the program that caused the tamper, is currently running.

     Below I have provided a number of steps to help you identify the program that is causing the tamper:

     The following Knowledge Base (KB) article may help you confirm that you do not have any of the programs known to cause this type of issue.

     KB931699 - Error message when you use Windows Vista: "An unauthorized change was made to your license"

     http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931699/

      Second, in your Microsoft Genuine Diagnostic Tool (MGADT) report above, you can see the line that starts with 'TTS Error:' followed by a bunch numbers: M:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx- This is the Tamper Time Stamp and it breaks down like this:

     (Year)       (Month)      (Day)      (Time in 24format)      (Millisecond) 
    M:2008       10              30                 2104                        37084-



     Note: I also see a "K" type Tamper Time Stamp. The “K“stands for Kernel Mode tamper. This is a minor tamper and is most likely directly related to the Mod-Auth tamper. Once you remove the program that is causing the Mod-Auth tamper, I believe that the Kernel mode tamper will stop as well.

    (Year)       (Month)      (Day)      (Time in 24format)      (Millisecond) 

    K:2008         10          30                 2027                          21716-



    Now that you know the time of the tamper, you can now try to connect that time with a program.

     1) Login to Windows Vista and select the option which launches an Internet Browser

    2) Type into the browser address bar: %windir%\system32\perfmon.msc and hit Enter

    3) When asked if you want to Open or Save this file, select Open

    4) In the left hand panel, click Reliability Monitor

    5) Then click System Stability Chart above the date 10/30.  

    6) Below the chart, in the System Stability Report section look at the report titled "Software (Un) Installs for 10/30/2008.

    7) Look for any program that shows "Application Install" in the 'Activity' column.

    8) Since the process that detects tampers runs randomly, it can take up to 3 days for the process to detect the tamper and set Windows Vista to a Tamper State. Because of this, please repeat steps 5) through 7) for the dates 10/29/2008, 10/28/2008, and 10/27/2008. 

    This could tell you what programs were installed on or around the Tamper date and should help you narrow down the possible programs that could be causing the issue. Unfortunately, if you installed the program (say) on 09/01/2007, but you didn't run (and, hence, prompted the tamper state) till 10/30/2008, this process may not be helpful.  The removal of any application you may have installed recently could go a long way to troubleshooting these issues as well since it may fall outside of the 3 day time frame described above.

    Note: Since everyone has different programs installed on their computer, it is extremely hard for support to figure out what program is causing the problem, but if you still need assistance in identifying the Incompatible Program, please create a no cost support request at the following link below:

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52029



    Thank you for visiting the Genuine Advantage forum.




    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager

    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Thursday, November 6, 2008 7:10 PM
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 7:07 PM
  • Is this a support forum? I already read this same canned answer on every other response in here. I have researched this issue to no end. There have been no strange programs installed. THE ONLY installs recently have been Vista updates, which I firmly believe is the cause of this problem. I use this computer strictly to run 3 or 4 programs which have all worked fine up until now. I have emailed your support and have gotten nothing.

    Thanks Microsoft for taking my money and providing me with a headache in return.
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 7:02 AM
  • Hello Driver,

    Did you try and resolve the issue by following the steps provided?  Next please visit http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11732#tab0 and locate the telephone support link. You will need more support than what we can provide you with here in the forum.


    Thank you and sorry we could not provide you with a total resolution.


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager
    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:27 PM
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:27 PM