Recent Microsoft Update causes Office and Explorer file actions to freeze

A recent MS automatic security update (during the second week of April 06) looks like it might cause problems on machines with HP printer and scanner software installed.

The symptoms are Office apps freezing when you try to save or open files using explorer.

If you take a look in Task Manager and see a process called VERCLSID.EXE then you might be affected. If you have tried multiple times to open or save a file then you will have multiple instances of this process.

To resolve the issue, take a look at the KB article at


IPcop firewall and OpenVPN

Having used IPcop for a few years now (and Smoothwall before that) I was excited to see a very nice looking OpenVPN add-on for IPcop. I really hope it gets supported or better, incorporated into the IPcop project. I'm certainly supporting it.

The best HOWTO I've found is here

Other good add-on pages I found whilst mooching around for those that are interested...


0x0000007E after XP an SP2 or SP3 upgrade on AMD PC

Mesh computers seem to have made their AMD PC's using Intel CPU based Sysprep'ed images. Customer today with a Mesh PC who finally upgraded to Windows Service Pack 2 got this message:-
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer...
Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xFC5CCAF3, 0xFC90F8C0, 0xFC90F5C0)



Error 80070057 parsing input - illegal syntax?

Nasty error. First time I've seen a serious Active Directory error in years.

"When you start your domain controller, the screen may go blank, and you may receive the following error message:
LSASS.EXE - System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error:
Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1.
Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into directory services restore mode, check the event log for more detailed information."

Merging NOD32 registry entries around a domain

If you're on a domain and you can log onto a machine as administrator, here's how to quickly update each PC.

Update one machine and export the


key, and edit and delete all except the un/pw (example below)

Download Psexec from Sysinternals.

then go to the cmd line and type.