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lsass.exe failed to initialize after loading KB908531

by peteyboy84 / July 3, 2006 2:59 AM PDT

When I updated my IBM x31 laptop (WinXP SP2)with KB908531, during restart get lsass.exe - The applciation failed to initialize properly error message. Then screen goes black - cannot restart in safe mode with or without networking, cannot revert to last know good setup.

Have then done a windows repair install - gotten back in run Spybot S&D, WindowsDefender, Avast 4.7 Home edition, Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - FOUND NOTHING.

Do not use HP devices - this machine had the drive formatted with a one-pass zero then Win XP SP2 OS installed - that is all.

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FCH99, Are You Asking A Question???
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 3, 2006 5:01 AM PDT

Yes, there was a problem with the original "KB908531" update. It caused a number of problems with computers that had HP camera and scanner "Share to Web" software installed...as well as with NVidia graphics cards.. A new release of the update fixed the problem for most users. See the link below for the Microsoft KB article and Security Bulletin about it:


Have you tried installing the "newest" version of the update?

In my case, I added the registry edits that were provided by Microsoft in the KB article below:


Because of the error message you have received, I advise running a full scan using "Error Checking/Chkdsk" procedures from the link below. It should correct any corrupted files that might still exist.:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps.


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Yes, sorry, I meant to ask how to address this issue
by peteyboy84 / July 3, 2006 4:56 PM PDT

Thanks for your suggestions.

I ran the check disk and found no problems.

I downloaded and installed the latest patch per your suggestion and ... it worked!

FYI - I do not have an NVidia card (my laptop uses an ATI Radeon), nor any HP components or software - so I didn't try making the changes in the registry that are outlined in the MS KB article you reference.

Thanks for your assistance.


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