XP SP3 & smss.exe

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XP SP3 & smss.exe

Post by JP614 on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 4:31 am

While trying to install XP SP3 I recieved this error mesage

"The file C:\windows\system32\smss.exe is open or in use by another application. Close all other applications and then click Retry."

I did that and got the same error again. After much research I learned smss.exe should only be found in C:\windows\system32. After doing a search of my hard drive I found the application in these folders also.

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistibution\Download\9866fb57abdc0ea2f5d4e132d055ba4e
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistibution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistibution\Download\fab149e21283fbaa0a0322fb64cc3aa3

Should I be concerned about this? I have read that smss.exe could be linked to a worm virus.

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Re: XP SP3 & smss.exe

Post by Nazzgull on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 6:06 am

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OOOPPS!

Post by JP614 on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 8:44 am

OK, will do. Typical FNG mistake. Sorry about that!

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