Archive for April 27, 2021

Possible fix for Microsoft Teams crash at startup.

My case seems unique.

The error was:

Faulting application name: Teams.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x5e851aee
Faulting module name: LocationApi.dll, version: 6.3.9600.18302, time stamp: 0x57097bd9
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000002fa35
Faulting process id: 0x1104
Faulting application start time: 0x01d73b25ca14950b
Faulting application path: C:\Users\michael\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Teams\current\Teams.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\LocationApi.dll
Report Id: 10957e93-a719-11eb-80ee-54bef73d236c
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

So, the fault appears to be in relation to LocationApi.dll.

This is on a Windows 8.1 system.

My eventual solution was to take ownership of that file, and rename it. I’m not sure what it will break yet, but time will tell. Mine was 338kb from 11/8/2016

Windows XP activation loop solution

OK so I have to support a few XP and Windows 95/98 users even now in 2021.

One XP machine developed a fault where it would give a few days required to activate, but would then state it was already activated.

The usual oobe 30 day reset worked, but of course is only valid for up to 120 days.

All other suggestions seemed to fail. (Registry permissions, modifying wpa.dbl etc.)

Turns out someone has created a file called ‘antiwpa’ which patches the WPA system in memory to think it’s running in Safe mode. Tested this solution and it seems to work fine. (Discovered by a torrent site.)

You can probably find it by using qBittorrent and the search feature – of course you’re taking your chance that it might do something evil as well as patching winlogon in memory, but if it’s an offline system it probably presents minimal risk.

All the top Google results are locked due to their age – so I doubt anyone will ever find this post, but you never know.

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