Blue Screen Troubleshooring – XP Stop Error 51

Issue

Windows XP service Pack3 boots “Applying computer settings” splash screen and then Blue Screens (BSOD) with Registry_Error message.    (Stop Error 0x00000051)

Troubleshooting
Performed System restore to prevous day, week, month – FAIL
Swapped Powersupply, Harddrive in 2nd system – FAIL
Ran chkdsk /F and antivirus scan – FAIL
Attemped to backup/fix registry – recieved memory crash for wmiprvse.exe

Fix
Started process manager and verified wmiprvse.exe was running.   Stopped the “Windows Management Instrumentation” Service.  Verified that the wmiprvse.exe process was no longer running.   With process stoped, backup of registry was successful.

Disabled “Windows Management Instrumentation” from starting at boot time.  Reboot and login sucessful.

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