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  • I have a problem with Windows Vista very similar to a problem a previous poster had.  As of right now, I can't access anything on my PC, only Microsoftvalidation website.  I purchased my PC and OS from an online company, the disc wasn't included but the COA was.  Here are the results from the diagnostic.  Please help.

    Diagnostic Report (1.7.0069.0):
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0xc004d401
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004d401
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-3HDRQ-G8PFV-9QGJP
    Windows Product Key Hash: gXkptM4wdrMBBIx5akk36OLHJCI=
    Windows Product ID: 89572-OEM-7333075-56966
    Windows Product ID Type: 3
    Windows License Type: OEM System Builder
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.002
    CSVLK Server: N/A
    ID: {221B8728-3D72-41B0-A939-32676500BAB1}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered,
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6000.vista_gdr.071023-1545
    TTS Error: M:20080218151921196-
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 102
    OGA Version: Registered,
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-282-80041010_025D1FF3-170-80041010_025D1FF3-171-1_025D1FF3-434-80040154_025D1FF3-178-80040154_025D1FF3-179-2_025D1FF3-185-80070002_025D1FF3-199-3_E2AD56EA-337-8009_E2AD56EA-338-2f0d_16E0B333-89-80004005_B4D0AA8B-888-80004005

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{221B8728-3D72-41B0-A939-32676500BAB1}</UGUID><Version>1.7.0069.0</Version><OS>6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.002</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-9QGJP</PKey><PID>89572-OEM-7333075-56966</PID><PIDType>3</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-268559881-4186958553-3994781335</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>System manufacturer</Manufacturer><Model>System Product Name</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Phoenix Technologies, LTD</Manufacturer><Version>ASUS P5N-E SLI ACPI BIOS Revision 0801</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20071025000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>2F333507018400FA</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time(GMT-08:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><BRT/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>102</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-0031-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>2007 Microsoft Office system</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>47527C30261E014</Val><Hash>JfWkFsvIRvu151lirnDw1s2fZG4=</Hash><Pid>89451-OEM-6601001-35089</Pid><PidType>11</PidType></Product></Products></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: 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

    Monday, February 18, 2008 11:47 PM


  • Hello ematolyak,


    Vista is in, what is called 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, was modified in some way. This can be caused by a malicious program (spyware, malware, virus) 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 occure.


    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 Vista.


    Because ther are No Mismatched files listed under the "File Scan Data-->" line of your Diagnostic Report, I beleive 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 Vista does not allow, which by definition, means it is incompatible with Vista.


    In addition to why a Tamper occurs, it's also important to understand how Vista detects the Tamper event. There is a Service that runs in 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, 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 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:
      First, go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931699/ and confirm that you do not have any of the programs known to cause this type of issue.
      Second, in your Diagnostic 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      02       18        1519                   21196-

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

    1) Login to Vista and select the option that 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) Click on the “System Stability Chart” above the date 02/18

    6) Below the chart, in the “System Stability Report” section look at the report titled "Software (Un)Installs for 02/18/2008"

    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 Vista to a Tamper State. Because of this, please repeat steps 5) thru 7) for the dates 02/17/2008, 02/16/2008 and 02/15/2008

      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 02/18/2008, this process may not be helpful.  The removal of any application you may have installed recently could go a long way to troubleshooting this issues as well since it may fall outside of the 3 day time frame described above.

    Lastly, I just received a confirmed report that PC Tools Firewall Plus version (with Anti-Injection Protected option enabled) has been found to cause this type of issue. PC Tools has fixed the problem.  On the PC Tools forums (http://www.pctools.com/forum/showthread.php?s=7e262d016b2a208f58a2d03143ba90a0&t=49501&page=2), they state:


    In order to make sure you have the latest version, you can make a simple test after installation.
    Test 1:
    a. Restart the machine
    b. Try to perform Smart Update (if no files appear then you have the latest)

    Test 2:
    a. Go to the FW directory (normally C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus) and check that:
    FirewallWrapper.dll version is
    FWService.exe version is
    FwHook.dll version is
    sdwvhlp.dll version is

    If the files version does not match try to Smart Update.


    So if you have PC Tools Firewall Plus version installed on your computer, please follow the above directions for updating to the most recent version.


    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager


    Monday, February 18, 2008 11:56 PM