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Fix: Windows Host Process Rundll32 has Stopped Working

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Rundll32.exe is a process in Windows Vista which executes DLL's and places their libraries into the system memory, so that these libraries can be used more efficiently by the applications. This process is very important for the stable and secure running of your Windows Vista computer and should not be terminated. Check and ensure that the particular rundll.exe is situated in the System32 folder inside Windows folder in primary partition.

If you get this Windows Vista error message frequently:

Windows Host Process Rundll32 has Stopped Working

Here are a few effective troubleshooting steps you may try to remove this issue.First and foremost step in troubleshooting is that, ensure your Windows Vista is fully updated. If you get the above error message when opening folders that contain video files, try the below trick and see if it helps:

Open Windows Vista, Control Panel -> Folder Options -> Always show Icons, Never Thumbnails

If this problem continued in your computer, try to remember, when did this error start popping up.Was it after installing a particular third party application?You can also follow these steps to try and find out, which software is causing this paticular issue:
  • Type msconfig in Windows Vista's instant search box and hit Enter to open up the System Configuration Utility window.
  • Click on Services menu, and check in the "Hide all Microsoft services" checkbox.
  • Click on "Disable All" button.
  • Now click on "Startup" tab, and then click on "Disable All" button again.
  • Press OK button and then "Restart" button on the following window.
  • Effectively, you have turned off all non-microsoft services and startups.

If the issue is resolved, open System Configuration Windows again and then enable all the Windows services from Services tab and then check the issue after restarting the computer in the same way as mentioned above.

This way, you will have to enable/disable all the Windows services and startups to narrow down on the culprit. Agreed, this is a lengthy and boring process, but it will help you identify the culprit.

For example ,say the problem causing application is Nero,then do the following steps.

  • Open Computer > System Drive > Program files > Common Files > Ahead > DSfilter.
  • Rename "NeroVideoProc.ax" to say "1NeroVideoProc.ax"
  • Also rename "NeVideo.ax" to say "1NeVideo.ax"
  • Reboot your Windows Vista computer.


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