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  • I have just received a notice that my copy of Vista (patched through yesterday) had failed validation with the Error Code 0xC004D401 and the message "The security processor reported a system file mismatch error."  I do not have installed any of the programs listed in the on-line information link.  Apart from yesterday's 5 patches, the only programs I can recall installing recently were the latest Firefox and Miro video player.  I removed both of these after rebooting in safe mode, then restarted the computer and ran the online validation routine, but it gave the same validation failure.

    Unfortunately, the error message is too vague ("...a system file mismatch error.") to give me any idea as to what to do to correct the problem.  Here is the result of running the MGA Diagnostic Tool.  Please advise -- thanks! -- Bill Shawcross

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0006.1):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0xc004d401
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004d401
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-B8HHF-QKV6R-V2RM7
    Windows Product Key Hash: z0IXIoOuUuNZJxBJUp/hxx1XiIs=
    Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7304185-06163
    Windows Product ID Type: 3
    Windows License Type: OEM System Builder
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003
    ID: {9A77C9AF-D5A4-4766-8B50-0D75C37ED9E1}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.9.9.1
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612
    TTS Error: M:20090211135010040-
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: 6.0.6002.16398

    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: 100 Genuine
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_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 8.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILLA.ORG\SEAMON~1\SEAMON~1.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>{9A77C9AF-D5A4-4766-8B50-0D75C37ED9E1}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0006.1</Version><OS>6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-V2RM7</PKey><PID>89578-OEM-7304185-06163</PID><PIDType>3</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-2634053498-1738236426-3227830686</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>System manufacturer</Manufacturer><Model>System Product Name</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>1101   </Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="3"/><Date>20051222000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>8B313507018400F6</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>100</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-002F-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>B5F7FA129B7470A</Val><Hash>C2y2uWtz+V7hV5+gsV+Qdix1ayA=</Hash><Pid>81602-901-9896656-68346</Pid><PidType>1</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="A1" Version="12" Result="100"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: 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

    Licensing Data-->
    C:\Windows\system32\slmgr.vbs(1634, 5) (null): 0xC004D401

    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: OgAAAAIABAABAAEAAgABAAAAAwABAAEAeqgU0XQrEq1WhH4I6tQAh8ic8DzAdPL0tg5wp1jQrFbaIg==

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no SLIC table
    Windows marker version: N/A
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
    BIOS Information:
      ACPI Table Name    OEMID Value    OEMTableID Value
      APIC            A M I         OEMAPIC
      FACP            A M I         OEMFACP
      MCFG            A M I         OEMMCFG
      OEMB            A M I         AMI_OEM



    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:39 PM

Answers

  • Hello wshawcross,
     

      

    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, 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 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 caused by a running program that is incompatible with Vista.

     

      Because there is No Mismatched files listed under the "File Scan Data-->" line of your Diagnostic Report, your issue is a 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 Mod-Auth occurs, it's also important to understand how Vista detects a Mod-Auth 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 Mod-Auth  State and it could take some time for the Mod-Auth to be detected. The important point to note is that the moment Vista detects the Mod-Auth, you know that the program that is causing the Mod-Auth, 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:2009       02       11           1350                   10040-

     


    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 02/11 

    6)     Below the chart, in the “System Stability Report” section look at the report titled "Software (Un)Installs for 02/11/2009"

    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 02/10/2009, 02/09/2009 and 02/08/2009

      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 at some time in the past, but didn’t run it till now, 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.

     

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



    Also Note
    : it has been found that Malware, such as Viruses and Trojans, can also be incompatible with Vista and can cause an In Memory Mod-Auth. A few users (that were experiencing an In Memory Mod-Auth) have confirmed that a Malware infection was the cause. If you follow the above steps and cannot find a program that is causing the Mod-Auth, you may want to investigate if a Virus or Trojan may be to blame. We recommend that you scan your computer using a fully updated Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware software of your choice.

    You can contact PC Safety, which is a Microsoft group, which provides free help with Malware infections, if you need help identifying or removing an infection. 

    PC Safety:

    1-866-PCSafety or 1-866-727-2338

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx

    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm


    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 Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:23 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by wshawcross Friday, June 19, 2009 8:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, June 22, 2009 8:06 PM
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:23 PM

All replies

  • Hello wshawcross,
     

      

    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, 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 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 caused by a running program that is incompatible with Vista.

     

      Because there is No Mismatched files listed under the "File Scan Data-->" line of your Diagnostic Report, your issue is a 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 Mod-Auth occurs, it's also important to understand how Vista detects a Mod-Auth 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 Mod-Auth  State and it could take some time for the Mod-Auth to be detected. The important point to note is that the moment Vista detects the Mod-Auth, you know that the program that is causing the Mod-Auth, 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:2009       02       11           1350                   10040-

     


    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 02/11 

    6)     Below the chart, in the “System Stability Report” section look at the report titled "Software (Un)Installs for 02/11/2009"

    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 02/10/2009, 02/09/2009 and 02/08/2009

      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 at some time in the past, but didn’t run it till now, 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.

     

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



    Also Note
    : it has been found that Malware, such as Viruses and Trojans, can also be incompatible with Vista and can cause an In Memory Mod-Auth. A few users (that were experiencing an In Memory Mod-Auth) have confirmed that a Malware infection was the cause. If you follow the above steps and cannot find a program that is causing the Mod-Auth, you may want to investigate if a Virus or Trojan may be to blame. We recommend that you scan your computer using a fully updated Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware software of your choice.

    You can contact PC Safety, which is a Microsoft group, which provides free help with Malware infections, if you need help identifying or removing an infection. 

    PC Safety:

    1-866-PCSafety or 1-866-727-2338

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx

    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm


    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 Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:23 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by wshawcross Friday, June 19, 2009 8:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, June 22, 2009 8:06 PM
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:23 PM
  • Someone seems to have hi-jacked my thread.  My thread was "The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction. CS:301d IP:c434 OP:63 00 00 00 00" -- Bill Shawcross
    Friday, June 19, 2009 8:44 PM
  • Hello wshawcross,

      I do not see any text (in your original post) describing the "The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction. CS:301d IP:c434 OP:63 00 00 00 00" error you mention and that error does not appear to be Anti-piracy related.

        My above response is On Topic for the issue that you and your Diagnostic Report, describe and is the correct answer for Error Code 0xC004D401.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS
    Monday, June 22, 2009 8:13 PM