Generic Host process for Win32 and Svchost.exe Error

By Techblissonline Staff Updated on 3rd September 2014 Filed Under: Windows XP

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“Generic Host for Win32 Process” and the faulting Svchost.exe are dreaded errors on Windows XP (SP2).These errors can also occur on windows server 2003 and windows 2000, and on both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) editions.

Earlier we covered a few solutions to fix Generic Host Process Win32 Services error. Here is one more solution that requires you to close ports 445 and 135 on your computer.

How to fix “Generic Host for Win32 Process” and “svchost.exe” errors?

close Port 445:

  • Click Start > Run, to open the Run dialog box
  • Here, type regedit to open the registry
  • Navigate to the following registry key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Services > NetBT > Parameters
  • On the right-hand pane find the option TransportBindName.
  • Double click on TransportBindName and delete the existing default value.
  • click Ok

From the above, it is clear, that you have closed Port 445 by giving a blank value to TransportBindName for NetBT services.

close Port 135:

  • Click Start > Run, to open the Run dialog box
  • Here, type regedit to open the registry
  • Navigate to the following registry key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > software > microsoft > Ole
  • On thee right hand window pane find an option called EnableDCOM
  • Double-click EnableDCOM and change the value from Y to N
  • click Ok
  • Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer

That is all folks. Now you have got rid of the dreaded Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error.

14 Responses to “Generic Host process for Win32 and Svchost.exe Error”

  1. dear i m getting Generic Hostwin32 error after a while when i m surfing plus when i try to log on to yahoo messenger, its cloeses & disapear from the task bar. plz help me.. i m sick of this problem . thanx

  2. did you try the above solution and other solutions in the article linked on this post?

  3. This worked a charm!

    Thank you so much for this post :D

  4. The first three solutions that you gave didn’t work for my pc and this last solution is still under observation. Hope it’ll work.

  5. SO Marvin, does it work?

  6. I have tried literally everything else but this one mentioned…lets see if it helps. WHY does microsoft claim that Generic Host Error doesn’t show up in SP3!? I tried to install their fix but i get an error message saying that my SP already has issues resolved, no point in installing the fix.

  7. I HAVEN’T HADN’T HAD TO RESTART MY PC SINCE MY LAST POST :D :D!!! So, it’s been good so far. I used to have to restart once every 30-40 mins.

  8. amazing! had been searching the net and even updated from microsoft but in vain and drain! your trick is amazing! it’s gone! thnx mate! thnx again!

  9. thanx so much.it helped me ….greetings from Indonesia

  10. Thanks a lot for this solution. Microsoft’s solution center didn’t help. I’ve been a computer tech for years, but this thing was driving me crazy. Thanks again!!!!

  11. i had this problem for months . this solution really worked(regedit). thanks buddy. god bless you.

  12. thank you very much !!!!!

    i have re formatted my hdd repeatly again and again …and read various solution, but your solution solve my problem !. :-)

    Thank you again !!

  13. thank you so much!:)
    this fix really works!

  14. Thank you very much.
    This problem brought me too much trouble, from many time rebooting to format. Finally, i am out of it.
    Its really work.

    PS: A little suggestion, deletion of TransportBindName value cause no SMB sharing. To avoid, please don’t touch such key and write another DWORD value inside HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >> System >> CurrentControlSet >> Services >> NetBT >> Parameters

    as
    SMBDeviceEnabled=0

    SMB share will up automatically.

    Thanks again.

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