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    posted a message on WAU 1.9.44 Vista32 Protected Memory Crash at startup
    So I had come across this error recently. It started after I accidentally installed the updater on the computer twice. (I work with lots of PCs, hard to keep track sometimes). So I uninstalled both copies, and went to reinstall. The install worked correctly, but then whenever I started, I received the following message.

    "An unexpected error occurred. Please make sure you are connected to the internet and restart the application.
    Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt."

    So I've done some research on this. The error is triggered by the Vista DEP protection. Why it's triggered, I'm still not sure, but DEP is preventing it from running. I would imagine adding it to your DEP safe list will work as a solution, but that made me nervous, so I looked into the host file suggestion.

    To access your host file in Windows Vista32:

    By default, if you try to modify your hosts file in Vista, it will not let you save it. It tells you that you don't have permission. To successfully modify the hosts file, run notepad.exe as an administrator and open the file.

    1) Browse to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories
    2) Right click "Notepad" and select "Run as administrator"
    3) Click "Continue" on the UAC prompt
    4) Click File -> Open
    5) Browse to "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc"
    6) Change the file filter drop down box from "Text Documents (*.txt)" to "All Files (*.*)"
    7) Select "hosts" and click "Open"
    8) Make the needed changes and close Notepad. Save when prompted.

    The "needed changes" are simply adding a line at the end that reads:


    So your completed Host file should now look like the following:

    # Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # For example:
    # rhino.acme.com # source server
    # x.acme.com # x client host localhost
    ::1 localhost

    As I said above, why its doing this, I'm not sure. I directly work with 4 other Windows Vista machines, Home Premium and Ultimate, and only this 1 PC has this issue. Hopefully someone from the DEV team can take a look at this error.

    Posted in: Updaters
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