How to fix Windows Generic Host Process Error

Apr 2, 2013

Are your getting “Generic Host Process” error message on your Windows computer? The generic host process error appears in computers with Windows XP Service Pack 2 operating system and Microsoft security update 873333 (MS05-012) installed. Looking for a solution? Want to remove the Generic Host Process error? Find bellow instructions and hotfix download links for resolution of Windows Generic Host Process error.

“Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”┬áThat’s a typical Generic Host Process error. It usually appears after start or restart of an Windows system. But technically, it may appear at any time after boot. The security update 873333 (MS05-012) may also lead to errors like file names not appearing in e-mail messages with attachments or applications using IMallocSpy debugging interface may experience heap error.

Generic Host Error

Solution to Generic Host Process Error:

Download the following Windows update:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17457

Download the file (WindowsXP-KB894391-x86-ENU.exe) from the link above and run it on your computer. After install, restart your computer. The files size is about 2MB. So, it would take just a few moments.

The above mentioned hotfix works on 32-bit Windows XP operating system. If you are running Windows XP Professional 64-Bit Edition (Itanium), it won’t work. For 64-bit, use hotfix WindowsXP-KB894391-ia64-ENU.exe available on the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5986

Note: After restart, you may see the error one more time. This is normal. Because, the problem which causes the Generic Host Process error message to appear, actually occurred during the last shutdown of your system. So, ignore the error message, shutdown you computer and start again.

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