Yet another Windows sucks question

I got a new computer a few months ago hoping it would be more stable than my system at work, but boy was I wrong. Lately I can’t seem to leave the damn thing on more than a few hours without it locking up. I think the problem has something to do with Msgsvr32, which I believe is the Windows ‘event’ handler, passing messages from the input devices to Windows. So Msgsvr32 crashes, and I can’t do anything, including reboot the computer. I end up just shutting down and restarting, which means it’s running Scandisk and repairing the Registry every time, which can’t be good for the computer.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I guess I’ll reinstall Windows if I have to, but I’d have to buy a Zip Drive or something to back up to, so I’d love to find a less dramatic solution.

The tech people who will be along any time now will want to know what version of Windows, what kind of computer you have, what kind of processor, how big a hard drive, what other software you’re running, etc.


I have had the same problem. You probably have a little, recessed button on your computer about the size of a finger tip or smaller that you press to reset your computer when Windows crashes. What you need to do is replace that little button with a big button, about the size of a hockey puck or so. Then, whenever you get up to go to the john, get coffee, or whatever, you slap that sonofabitch and by the time you get back Windows will be freshly booted and good for at least another couple of hours (or at least until the next time you need to get up for coffee, etc.).

Not info system info. However you can certainly drop “Msgsvr32” into a search engine & find out what others are doing about it.

Thanks Handy. Microsoft tech support has a page about it. Just had to look a little harder.

…registry issue? Are you running the correct version of msgsrv32?

The simple solution is the most painfull: Back it up, slick it, and reload the O/S. Then reload your applications one at a time, testing for this particular form of misbehavior. Once you’re certain you computer is running correctly, reload your data.