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Taskmsgr.exe failed to initialize properly

On Windows XP, on bootup a message taskmgr.exe failed to initialize properly. The PC blue screened and dumped physical memory. How do I correct this?

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This can be caused by a number of application issues. I would try starting your system with the SAFE BOOT option and looking at the EVENT LOG for details of which applications might be causing this issue. Typically, if this problem occurred immediately after installing a new program, uninstalling that piece is of software may resolve the issue. For details on recovering and restoring systems that fail to startup properly checkout my Troubleshooting XP Startup Issues article at http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid1_gci968108,00.html.

This was first published in July 2004

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