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Cannot access Start menu, Windows does not validate RRS feed

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  • Last night when I turned off my laptop it installed 10 updates. This morning when it started it said Windows was not genuine. Validation failed. I cannot access the Start menu to follow the instructions. Here is a copy of my diagnostic:

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0006.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0x80070426
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070426
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-F4GJK-KG77H-B9HD2
    Windows Product Key Hash: iJAth4TbScMi8HdcPurlASXdEkw=
    Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00204
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003
    ID: {D0334B1F-2928-44BE-BA60-A166482BD5E8}(1)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612
    TTS Error: M:20090201124814284-
    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: 109 N/A
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-365-80041010_025D1FF3-230-80041010_025D1FF3-231-1_025D1FF3-518-80040154_025D1FF3-238-80040154_025D1FF3-239-2_025D1FF3-245-80070002_025D1FF3-259-3

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.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\gdi32.dll[6.0.6001.18159]

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{D0334B1F-2928-44BE-BA60-A166482BD5E8}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0006.0</Version><OS>6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-B9HD2</PKey><PID>89578-OEM-7332157-00204</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-3319943797-1098281369-3407330842</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Model>Inspiron 1318                   </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>A02</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20080822000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>8A303507018400FA</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><OEMID>DELL  </OEMID><OEMTableID>M09    </OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: U1BMRwEAAAAAAQAABAAAAEUKAAAAAAAAYWECAOhQZqggA+1mroTJAdArSr9MLECc5R83cvYPeMwMS3el/FjFa+tGhBnBQiHiYGVRA5YJYYbxOPxjunpKF6CoTUWXhhgs1m231mF4QnAKQzm1PulV1sBP6FGKg+Tb27OKLWTN3/xFyngmD3afWQd5BWut+vD3FqOkH5qwY3q1CzF0U07jqdyoAL0aULPNP9KSju/t9vu9LXUgneZO8FY4AE64zboqR4C2wZdpMQu8VjbvFjoDZ5k4mh5m+ukRM5DWJ9vWy3OurH7DdY1oDDOQ1ifb1stzrqx+w3WNaAwzkNYn29bLc66sfsN1jWgMM5DWJ9vWy3OurH7DdY1oDDOQ1ifb1stzrqx+w3WNaAw=

    Licensing Data-->
    Software Licensing service is not running.

    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: QAAAAAEABgABAAIAAQABAAAABQABAAEA6GFAHHxUxn2yr/aiSF1iuEaDkOk6VfC08vTCZx8KuqpCnqxWTAEqhQ==

    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            DELL          M09   
      FACP            DELL          M09   
      HPET            DELL          M09   
      MCFG            DELL          M09   
      SLIC            DELL          M09   
      SSDT            PmRef        CpuPm



    Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:33 PM

Answers

  • Hello BarrySaiff,

      The core to your particular issue centers on the line in your Diagnostic Report, that reads:

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\gdi32.dll[6.0.6000.16643]

    This line means that the critical system file gdi32.dll has either:

    a)     Been tampered/modified/become corrupt to the point that its Signature Hash no longer matches the Signature Hash listed in Vista's System Catalog.

    Or

    b)     Been updated but the file's Signature Hash was not updated, in Vista's System Catalog, to reflect the updated file's new Signature Hash.  

    Note: There are no Updates that contains gdi32.dll so b) is unlikely as a cause.

     
    Vista compares a Critical System file's Signature Hash with the Signature Hash listed in its System Catalog to determine if that Critical System file has been tampered with. When this happens, depending on the file that has been tampered, Vista may show as Genuine or Non-Genuine, but either way, Vista won't Validate correctly and may also exhibit other strange behavior.

     

      To resolve your issue, we need to replace or repair the file so it's Signature Hash matches what is listed in Vista System Catalog. I can provide a couple of suggestions to do this:

    A)     Install Service Pack 1 for Vista (found at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5ebb-413b-89c9-cb3d06d12674&DisplayLang=en). SP1 may contain an updated copy of this file which would overwrite the bad copy and resolve the issue. (disregard this step since I see, from your Diagnostic Report, that you have already have SP1 installed)


    B)    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 neither of these solutions resolves your issue, the last resort, that I can provide, is to reinstall Vista. But before you do that, create a (no cost) support request at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52029 and see if they can provide any additional alternatives.



    Thank you,
    Darin Smith
    WGA Forum Manager


    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 Monday, February 2, 2009 11:07 PM
    Monday, February 2, 2009 11:06 PM

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  • Here is the validation error code I got:

    [0x80080283]
    Monday, February 2, 2009 12:27 AM
  • Hello BarrySaiff,

      The core to your particular issue centers on the line in your Diagnostic Report, that reads:

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\gdi32.dll[6.0.6000.16643]

    This line means that the critical system file gdi32.dll has either:

    a)     Been tampered/modified/become corrupt to the point that its Signature Hash no longer matches the Signature Hash listed in Vista's System Catalog.

    Or

    b)     Been updated but the file's Signature Hash was not updated, in Vista's System Catalog, to reflect the updated file's new Signature Hash.  

    Note: There are no Updates that contains gdi32.dll so b) is unlikely as a cause.

     
    Vista compares a Critical System file's Signature Hash with the Signature Hash listed in its System Catalog to determine if that Critical System file has been tampered with. When this happens, depending on the file that has been tampered, Vista may show as Genuine or Non-Genuine, but either way, Vista won't Validate correctly and may also exhibit other strange behavior.

     

      To resolve your issue, we need to replace or repair the file so it's Signature Hash matches what is listed in Vista System Catalog. I can provide a couple of suggestions to do this:

    A)     Install Service Pack 1 for Vista (found at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5ebb-413b-89c9-cb3d06d12674&DisplayLang=en). SP1 may contain an updated copy of this file which would overwrite the bad copy and resolve the issue. (disregard this step since I see, from your Diagnostic Report, that you have already have SP1 installed)


    B)    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 neither of these solutions resolves your issue, the last resort, that I can provide, is to reinstall Vista. But before you do that, create a (no cost) support request at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52029 and see if they can provide any additional alternatives.



    Thank you,
    Darin Smith
    WGA Forum Manager


    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 Monday, February 2, 2009 11:07 PM
    Monday, February 2, 2009 11:06 PM