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  • Hi,
     
    I have the above error message appearing on my PC.  The error has occured since I recently tried to re-install a mod for Medieval: Total War 2.  After contracting a virus recently, some file deletion following a scan stopped the mod from working (after working fine for several months) so I uninstalled it and tried to re-install.  During installation the PC crashed to a blue screen and came up with the above error ever since.  I can get to safe mode okay but everything is a black screen when Windows runs normally.

    Diagnostic Report below;

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0006.1):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Genuine
    Validation Code: 0
    Online Validation Code: 0x80070426
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070426
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-9364X-37XGX-24W6P
    Windows Product Key Hash: aA067NOL80NWIZ94L6hWVdZMoIo=
    Windows Product ID: 89580-OEM-7332132-00141
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6000.2.00010100.0.0.001
    ID: {C8724C28-7821-4C3E-9632-9E29C0CE3965}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.9.9.1
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6000.vista_gdr.071009-1548
    TTS Error: K:20090213171959583-M:20090218172256715-
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

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

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    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 Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WGATray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 114 Blocked VLK 2
    Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage - 114 Blocked VLK 2
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

    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-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\Slsvc.exe[6.0.6000.16509]

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{C8724C28-7821-4C3E-9632-9E29C0CE3965}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0006.1</Version><OS>6.0.6000.2.00010100.0.0.001</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-24W6P</PKey><PID>89580-OEM-7332132-00141</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-561423988-3918210242-3140523846</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>ECS</Manufacturer><Model>P4M900T-M2</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>080014 </Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="5"/><Date>20070913000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>1E333507018400F6</HWID><UserLCID>0809</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>GMT Standard Time(GMT+00:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>DELL  </OEMID><OEMTableID>M07    </OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>114</Result><Products><Product GUID="{90280409-6000-11D3-8CFE-0050048383C9}"><LegitResult>114</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage</Name><Ver>10</Ver><Val>39476F84C4B4004</Val><Hash>4iCnywwNW1w4s9ukTIwGMGxyGic=</Hash><Pid>54185-640-0000025-17035</Pid><PidType>14</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="15" Version="10" Result="114"/><App Id="16" Version="10" Result="114"/><App Id="17" Version="10" Result="114"/><App Id="18" Version="10" Result="114"/><App Id="1A" Version="10" Result="114"/><App Id="1B" Version="10" Result="114"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: 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    Licensing Data-->
    Software Licensing service is not running.

    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: OgAAAAMABAABAAEAAgAAAAAAAwABAAEA6GEQSWqAvpj7wND5hAyg1V7E8Okwg43v8vRg6KxWyUKA1w==

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
    Windows marker version: 0x20000
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
    BIOS Information:
      ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
      APIC   091307  APIC1118
      FACP   091307  FACP1118
      HPET   091307  VT-8237S
      MCFG   091307  OEMMCFG
      WDRT   091307  VT-8237S
      OEMB   091307  OEMB1118
      SLIC   DELL    M07   


     Many thanks in advance for any help provided in advance....

    • Changed type Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:03 AM Changed thread type to 'Question'
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 7:21 PM

Answers

  • Hello Sokprok,

      The core of your issue centers on the line in your Diagnostic Report that reads:

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\Slsvc.exe[6.0.6000.16509]


    This means the file has been Tampered, Modified or has become Corrupt.

    This file controls Vista's Software Licensing Service and if it is modified, Vista see that as an attack to bypass it's anti-piracy security.

    To resolve the issue, you need to either repair or replace the file with a known-good one (of the proper file version)



    First Repair Windows using System Restore:

    1) Reboot Vista into Safe Mode
    2) Go to Control Panel
    3) On the left hand side of the Control Panel window, Click on "Classic View"
    4) Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"
    5) On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"
    6) Select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date Before you first noticed the issue.
    7) Click the "Next" button.
    8) Reboot back into Normal mode
    9) Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

    If that doesn't work, we'll try doing a System Scan. The scan will look for bad Vista files and will attempt to repair them, if posible.

    1) Login to Vista in Normal Mode (not safe mode)
    2) Launch an Internet Browser
    3) Type: %windir%\system32\ in the browser's address field
    4) Scroll down till you find the file cmd.exe
    5) Right-click the file and select 'Run as Administrator'
    6) In the CMD window, type: sfc /scannow
    7) Reboot twice and see if that resolves the issue.

    If that does not work, try replacing the files by installing Vista Service Pack 1.

    1) Login to Vista in Normal Mode
    2) Launch an Internet Browser
    3) Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5ebb-413b-89c9-cb3d06d12674&DisplayLang=en
    or http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=874a414b-32b2-41cc-bd8b-d71eda5ec07c&DisplayLang=en  for Vista 64bit

    4) Download the file to your Desktop
    5) Run the update.
    6) After the update has finished, reboot twice and see if the issue is resolved

    If none of my suggestions resolve the problem, the last resort would be to reinstall Vista.


    Thank you,
    Darin MS

    Attention Forum All Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:03 AM
    Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:02 AM

All replies

  • Hello Sokprok,

      The core of your issue centers on the line in your Diagnostic Report that reads:

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\Slsvc.exe[6.0.6000.16509]


    This means the file has been Tampered, Modified or has become Corrupt.

    This file controls Vista's Software Licensing Service and if it is modified, Vista see that as an attack to bypass it's anti-piracy security.

    To resolve the issue, you need to either repair or replace the file with a known-good one (of the proper file version)



    First Repair Windows using System Restore:

    1) Reboot Vista into Safe Mode
    2) Go to Control Panel
    3) On the left hand side of the Control Panel window, Click on "Classic View"
    4) Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"
    5) On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"
    6) Select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date Before you first noticed the issue.
    7) Click the "Next" button.
    8) Reboot back into Normal mode
    9) Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

    If that doesn't work, we'll try doing a System Scan. The scan will look for bad Vista files and will attempt to repair them, if posible.

    1) Login to Vista in Normal Mode (not safe mode)
    2) Launch an Internet Browser
    3) Type: %windir%\system32\ in the browser's address field
    4) Scroll down till you find the file cmd.exe
    5) Right-click the file and select 'Run as Administrator'
    6) In the CMD window, type: sfc /scannow
    7) Reboot twice and see if that resolves the issue.

    If that does not work, try replacing the files by installing Vista Service Pack 1.

    1) Login to Vista in Normal Mode
    2) Launch an Internet Browser
    3) Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5ebb-413b-89c9-cb3d06d12674&DisplayLang=en
    or http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=874a414b-32b2-41cc-bd8b-d71eda5ec07c&DisplayLang=en  for Vista 64bit

    4) Download the file to your Desktop
    5) Run the update.
    6) After the update has finished, reboot twice and see if the issue is resolved

    If none of my suggestions resolve the problem, the last resort would be to reinstall Vista.


    Thank you,
    Darin MS

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    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:03 AM
    Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:02 AM
  • Second recommendation worked a charm.

    Many thanks

    Soko
    Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:37 PM