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Windows 7: Getting "Preparing Security Options"

29 May 2016   #41
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi Roy

Were you going to attach a list of Windows Updates for me to compare?

The office 2010 would have come as part of the package of office 2007 as I remember there was the option of ungrading for free at the time. I've been getting the problem of PSO since several weeks before joining this forum (I did the potential uninstall for O10 only yesterday).

I do not have a windows 7 disc, the laptop didn't come with it. The curious thing is I've been on the net pretty much all day and not one instance of PSO and when it doesn't happen the laptop behaves perfectly. My gut feel is that this is connected to a Windows update as that was when the problem started.


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29 May 2016   #42
pdsnickles

Vista Premium 64bit
 
 

I found this thread and just want to point out that there is a lot of reports of this "Preparing Security Options" on the web and no one seems to have any idea what it is or how to fix it. I've spent hours and hours searching for info about it.
I have an OEM HP laptop with W7 64bit and it started having this issue several months ago. I am the only one who uses it, I use Malware Bytes pro lifetime and AVG Pro antivirus and firewall always, and have never had a major virus to my knowledge.

So just wanted to add this info to the conversation, as it seems not to be a virus. I also ran scanck and other things with no clues given as to what this is or how to fix it. Just fyi. Am watching this thread with interest. Personally I don't think it's a virus. I think it's a Windows 7 bug of some sort.
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29 May 2016   #43
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi LevelBest
Spot the wally , to eager to get to me pub quiz.

list attached.

can you confirm something in post 33 you mentioned booting in safe mode, did you get the PSO??
IF NOT then it pointing towards a driver issue.

Roy


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30 May 2016   #44
inletwolf

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

i also opened my laptop up for the first time in 2 weeks, and it did the preparing security options. i hit c a d and logged off. when i logged back on it did it again. i freaked ah just hit the power button, when i started it bac up all was well i havant installed any updates since april, because i was looking fo r the "bad UPDATES" list. can you point me in the right direction
jean
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30 May 2016   #45
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi Roy

My head hurts after putting that list together! I've attached as one word document with a full set of screenshots taking out the ones I have that appear on your list. You'll see that the fun and games began on 18th April.

When I booted in safemode, I probably wasn't on there long enough to see whether PSO came up. I've lived with this long enough to know that it occurs within the first 10 minutes. Once it's passed, it's business as usual.

Re a possible driver issue, just yesterday I checked that all the drivers (via device manager and right clicking) for everything were up to date and each one reported that it was.

Pdsnickles: like you, I've spent hours reading all the posts on this problem. Like you, I don't think it's a virus and what stood out for me was on the Microsoft forum, a technician was doing a beautiful job of avoiding, when being pressed, stating whether it was a virus or not. My own feeling that this is a MS issue, collecting data or something similar.

LB


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File Type: docx Word document of windows updates 30 5.docx (1.14 MB, 8 views)
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31 May 2016   #46
pdsnickles

Vista Premium 64bit
 
 

I find it odd that NO ONE on any forum anywhere on the net that I can find, has a solution for this or can even explain what is causing it.
My guess is it's MS themselves doing something and it was probably brought to us via an update.
The only question is why isn't EVERYONE having the problem?

I know in my case I didn't update for a long time and then I began again. I wonder if it has something to do with that?
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31 May 2016   #47
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi LeveBest,
ploughing thru,
Would you like to try a different tac.
As i've said before i believe it to be a user profile problem.
I have sent you a copy of both of my profiles 1000/1002, for you to merge/import. run this first tho
ERUNT Download
(registry back-up program)
THE ATTACHED FILES ARE SPECIFIC TO THIS USER ONLY
DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY ACTIONS ON YOUR COMP AS THIS MAY CAUSE MAJOR PROBLEMS .

Roy


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File Type: reg lb1000.reg (1.1 KB, 1 views)
File Type: reg lb1002.reg (1.1 KB, 0 views)
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01 Jun 2016   #48
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi Roy

I am dead nervous about trying to import these files. I could seriously do damage to my computer, make things worse, perhaps beyond repair. Apart from the times I get PSO, the computer behaves perfectly.

I still find it odd that when I ran the system image, from which I'd successfully re-built the computer before, all was well for three days. It was only when I downloaded all the windows updates that I started getting the problem.

I would rather wait until you maybe find some possible troublesome updates and leave the importing registry as a last resort.

LB
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02 Jun 2016   #49
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi LevelBest,
Understand perfectly.

Before uninstalling the KB's below would you boot via
SAFE MODE ONLY, does the PSO screen appear.

Been basing my update search on the comments from post #30, re WSCAPI.
now there was a specific update that made changes in XML core and cause this error
KB 3148541, can you uninstall it. (WU can be sorted hit the description>> down arrow)
note could not see it in your list.

please also unistall these as well
KB3148538 KB3148527 KB3148522

Reboot

Roy
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03 Jun 2016   #50
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi Roy

I booted in safe mode for about 20 minutes. No PSO but then I booted as normal and I didn't get it then either.

I've checked three times and I don't have any of the KB updates you've listed.

Re the missing WSCAPI file - I was going to attempt to re-register it. Would you agree with that course of action?

LB
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