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Windows Protection Error.

By Lazerwolf ·
One of my workstations just started giving us the message: Windows protection error. You need to reboot your computer.

Can anyone tell me where to start looking to resolve this problem?

Thanks

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Windows Protection Error.

by SyscoKid In reply to Windows Protection Error.

We'll need more information, specifically the very FIRST part of the message, like "While initializing NDIS:" or "I/O:" because it could be more than one cause.

Thanks.

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Windows Protection Error.

by Lazerwolf In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Sorry, but it didn't have any other part to it. That was the entire message. Thanks anyway.

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Windows Protection Error.

by dft3 In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Lazerwolf,

I hate to tell you this, but my experience has been that the quickest way to fix protection errors is to format and reinstall the OS. It generally involves a corrupt registry due to countless reasons and isn't worth the time to try and figure out.

If you take this route, you have to be sure and format and not just install Windows on top of itself, because that it still won't work that way.

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Windows Protection Error.

by Lazerwolf In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Thanks, that was my thought initially, but fortunately, there was a fix this time.

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Windows Protection Error.

by calves In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Since you couldn't give more info on OS, programs loaded, when does it happen, etc...
All I can think of is Regclean. A free tool for checking and cleaning your registry.
Run it 2 or 3 times back-to-back until it finds no errors, reboot and see.
Good luck!

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Windows Protection Error.

by Lazerwolf In reply to Windows Protection Error.

It turned out not to be the registry, thanks for your help (i'm going to check out the regclean utility soon).

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Windows Protection Error.

by mphoffar In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Generally, when I've seen this happen, it's when either the level 1 (CPU) or level 2 (board) cache went south on you. Disabling one of the other in the bios should steer you in the right direction if those are it.

Good luck to you

Mark

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Windows Protection Error.

by Lazerwolf In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Didn't get to that point. Thanks for the suggestions though.

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Windows Protection Error.

by grbeckmeyer In reply to Windows Protection Error.

This should be fairly simple to resolve. Search the Microsoft knowledgebase for article Q136337, this gives you a table with 4 different boot options. Following these instructions will pinpoint the problem. In my recent experiences with this it has usually been a corrupt NIC driver that just needs to be reinstalled.

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Windows Protection Error.

by Lazerwolf In reply to Windows Protection Error.

Thanks you very much. That article was very helpful (something I should have been able to figure out for myself, but you know how it get's in the heat of the moment). It turned out to be a corrupt NIC driver. I reinstalled and it worked.

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