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INVALID_PROCESS_ATTACH_ATTEMPT

STOP: 0x00000005

 
  Description  
     
 

A bug in Windows XP SP2 and the original Server 2003 release can cause this issue. Specifically the bug in the http.sys file causes stack corruption.

The stop number may appear as 0x05 rather the typical 0x00000005 style of all other stop messages.

This is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is likely lost.

 
   
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A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

INVALID_PROCESS_ATTACH_ATTEMPT

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x00000005

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.

Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further
assistance.

 
 
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Full Title
  INVALID_PROCESS_ATTACH_ATTEMPT 

Stop Code
  0x00000005 

Type
  Fatal 

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  2000, XP, Vista, 2008, 7, 8

Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation
 
   
  Solutions and Fixes  
     
 

This issue does not occur in the original XP or SP1 releases. While unconfirmed, we believe XP SP3 corrects the issue.

For Server 2003, you will need to install SP2.

 
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Microsoft has issued a hot fix (a special update) to fix this issue:

For Windows XP SP2, a hot fix is required, but is no longer available. (Microsoft article 887742).
For Windows Server 2003, download and install the current service pack (Microsoft article 887742).

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 5-Oct-2008
 
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Also see our list of common Fatal Error Solutions.

 
 
 
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A problem with an owned mutex or a mutex with a process already attached. A mutex object is a synchronization object whose state is set to signaled when it is not owned by any thread, and non-signaled when it is owned by a thread.

 
   
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  Microsoft Corporation (more info...)

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    While BSoD fatal stop errors are identified by Microsoft Windows, they are often caused by non-Microsoft applications, drivers and hardware issues.  
   
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