HTTP.SYS / Cryptographic Services / LSASS.EXE deadlock

NOTE: This issue has been subsequently fixed in KB 2379016 A computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 stops responding at the “Applying User Settings” stage of the logon process.(This blog entry is left for reference.) A recent case I had brought this issue to my attention, so I thought it useful to…

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Be kind, rewind (but don’t reboot)

One very common belief I have come across is that rebooting Windows somehow “cleans” the system and returns it to normal speed after some performance degradation (and further that reinstalling the OS periodically does some magical cleaning too). For the most part, this is complete nonsense. Shutting down Windows will terminate all processes & services…

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