Fix Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error in Windows XP easily

If you are still a Windows XP SP2 user, you may receive ‘Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error’ message after you start the computer. If this error is bothering you, we have many fixes for it, one of them will surely help you out.

The Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error can pops-up anytime if some updates or system files goes bad. The main reason as identified by Microsoft is installation of security update 873333 (MS05-012) via Windows Update. This can cause following problems in your PC:

1. Unexpected restart of Windows and unable to initialize few services at the time of PC start.

2. File names are not displayed in e-mail messages that include file attachments when the following conditions are true:

  • The file name contains double-byte character set (DBCS) characters.
  • The file name is longer than 42 characters.

Note: This problem only occurs when the e-mail message format is Rich Text.

3. An application that implements the IMallocSpy debugging interface may experience heap corruption after you install security update 873333.

Generic host process error

How to identify if you are having this problem or not:

  1. Unexpected PC Restart or occurrence of halt state is major issues caused by this error.
  2. If you receive messages saying “Your System recovered from a serious Problem”.
  3. Check the history of your Windows Update and see whether the security update 873333 is installed or not.

If you find any of these issues propelling in your PC then you must try the fixes suggested below:

  1. Try installing the following updates: security update 902400 . This update is available from Windows Update (
  2. The best way is to update your Windows XP to Service Pack 3. The service pack 3 update can be downloaded from here, it is also available via automatic Windows updates.
  3. A supported hotfix has been made available by Microsoft to fix Windows XP SP2 Generic Host Process error. There is no need to do it manually by fixing registry values or running any CMD commands, just check the list of fixes given below. Select the right version of Windows which you are using and download the hot fix patch, apply it and you are all done.


  • This hotfix was made available through Windows Update and distributed to users who have Automatic Updates enabled.
  • If you still face the problem, Turn off Automatic updates and then install the hotfix. After installing, enable the automatic updates back.

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