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black prince 03-19-2006 02:21 PM

Lsasser.exe System error

A customer of mine was using EasyCleaner v2.0 and selected removing
duplicates from their hard drive. During this process they probably,
(I'm not sure), removed some critical system operating files. Once
the computer was re-booted this message keeps appearing:

Lsass.exe - System Error

Security Accounts manager initialization failed because of the
following error:

The handle is invalid. Error status: 0xc0000008. Please click
OK to shutdown this system and reboot into Safe Mode. Check
the event log for more detailed information.

Safe Mode didn't work. Using Windows XP repair didn't work.
Will I have to re-install everything from scratch???? :cry:


jason 03-19-2006 04:21 PM

You mean Lsass.exe ?

It may be a corrupted SAM file.

You can try this :
But no guarantee. :wink:

black prince 03-19-2006 05:50 PM


Thanks for your information. It's the same as what I tried:


Restoring Windows XP Lsasser.exe System Error:

I. If you have the XP CD, do the following steps:

Windows Setup

Reboot your computer with the Windows XP CD in the CD drive.
During the boot process, press the <F2> key to enter the System Setup.
The System Setup screen appears.
Press the <Down Arrow> to highlight and set the CD-ROM drive as the First boot device. Press the <Esc> key to exit and save the changes.

Windows XP CD

As the system reboots, you will be prompted to boot to CD-Rom or Hard Drive. Using the Arrow keys on the keyboard, select CD-ROM and press the <Enter> key.
The Windows XP Setup will begin.
When prompted for the type of Windows XP setup to be performed, press the <R> key to select Recovery Console.
When prompted for the type of repair to be made, press the <1> key.
Press the <Enter> key.
A Password prompt appears.
Press the <Enter> key.

DOS Prompt

The C:\WINDOWS> prompt appears.
Type the following text at the C:\WINDOWS> prompt:
cd \windows\system32\config
NOTE: Ensure you press the spacebar between cd and \.
Press the <Enter> key to change the directory to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG.
Type the following text at the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG > prompt:
rename SAM to SAMOLD
Change directory to C:\WINDOWS\REPAIR > prompt:
Press the <Enter> key to copy the SAM file to the


Remove the Windows XP CD from the CD drive.
Press the <Enter> key.
The system will reboot normally.
It did work, but I lost user profiles (no big deal) :)


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