On Sat, 24 Feb 2007 11:15:54 -0800, "SSI" <SSInospam@yahoo.com> wrote:
>Vista Home premium. Antivirus and antispyware is up to date and the computer
>This warning appears in Events every time I log on and off and have spend 2
>weeks back and forth with Microsoft support without a resolution. Their
>suggestion was to create a new user profile and delete the old which I did,
>however the problem still appears. Microsoft support although responsive has
>been unable to help me so I am back here looking for some suggestions.
>Do I need to worry about this or just ignore it? Thanks in advance for any
>Here is the Warning:
>Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or
>services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that
>hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.
> DETAIL -
> 1 user registry handles leaked from
>Process 4540 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\winlogon.exe) has
Just a guess...
Some application or a driver
needed to open the Registry, but for one
reason or another doesn't close it when finished like it is suppose
to. This actually is a frequent cause of Windows hanging at shutdown.
You're "lucky" in that at least Windows says it figured out something
needs to be unloaded then posted a entry in the Event Log, assuming
that's what you're saying happens. It normally don't say, and just
waits and waits to no avail. So I'm guessing all that gibberish means
is Windows says this is what happened.
What can happen is something we've all experienced. A open link to
your Registry regardless how it got opened or by what presents no
problem until you try to shut down your computer. Then your user
profile which tells Windows to start the shutdown sequence once you
tell Windows to log off as a user or shut down if you're the only user
tries to shut down your computer but can't because the driver
application that opened a link to the Registry didn't close it and
then Windows thinks something is still running, oops better not shut
down yet. So normally what happens next is Windows just keeps waiting
for the link to close and it typically won't which is why you need to
push the power button to shut down sometimes. XP, but rarely would
once in awhle if it detected a hung driver or a still open link to the
Registry would bring up a little Window and tattle on the offender. If
that happened sometimes it gave you a means to again tell it to shut
down whatever was "open" and avoid having to push the power button on
your PC. Haven't used Vista long enough to know if it will still do
If this "error", more along the lines of a informational comment just
appears in your Event Log and doesn't cause you any grief, I wouldn't
worry about it since it seems what is causing it is a component of
Windows itself, therefore isn't much you can do to fix it if anything,
other then reinstalling Windows which for something this minor would
seem to be overkill.