Windows XP 64bit Office 2007 print issue (thunking service stops responding "splwow64") RRS feed

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  • Apparently I had this in the wrong forum...I apologize....


    For the last month and half I have been stumped with an error that has been occuring with only our users running Windows XP Professional 64bit.

    The issues is every once an awhile, while they are printing from excel or any ms office application or Adobe an error pops up saying that the Thunking Spooler APIS from 32 to 64 process has stopped working. To correct this I have done following:

    Re-adding the printers
    Restarting the spooler
    Set the application to compatibility mode with an older version of windows
    Add new printers and set to "Print directly to printer" option (this started causing more problems, so I set it back to spool first)
    Also a user pointed out closing all office applications and relaunching them fixed the issue as well

    All of these worked to temporarily fix the issue, but thats it. I need something more permanent.

    I've also looked at the dump file and it just shows:

    Application exception occurred:
            App: C:\WINDOWS\splwow64.exe (pid=6272)
            When: 1/30/2012 @ 13:57:29.058
            Exception number: c0000005 (access violation)

    *----> System Information <----*
            Computer Name: PCPDSM01P16503
            User Name: umst
            Terminal Session Id: 0
            Number of Processors: 4
            Processor Type: EM64T Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5
            Windows Version: 5.2
            Current Build: 3790
            Service Pack: 2
            Current Type: Multiprocessor Free
            Registered Organization: Aviva Investors North America
            Registered Owner: AINA

    *----> Task List <----*
       0 System Process
       4 Error 0xD0000022
     300 Error 0xD0000022
     348 Error 0xD0000022
     372 Error 0xD0000022
     420 Error 0xD0000022
     432 Error 0xD0000022
     604 Error 0xD0000022
     656 Error 0xD0000022
     700 Error 0xD0000022
     760 Error 0xD0000022
     828 Error 0xD0000022
    1116 Error 0xD0000022
    1132 Error 0xD0000022
    1304 Error 0xD0000022
    1428 Error 0xD0000022
    1516 Error 0xD0000022
    1624 Error 0xD0000022
    1668 Error 0xD0000022
    1796 Error 0xD0000022
    1820 Error 0xD0000022
    1864 Error 0xD0000022
    1976 Error 0xD0000022
    2152 Error 0xD0000022
    2352 Error 0xD0000022
    2700 Error 0xD0000022
    3024 Error 0xD0000022
    2088 Error 0xD0000022
    2744 Error 0xD0000022
    3216 Explorer.EXE
    3488 RUNDLL32.EXE
    3792 ctfmon.exe
    3820 ctfmon.exe
    4028 PNAMAIN.EXE
    4044 Printkey.exe
    4076 WindowsSearch.exe
    4080 almon.exe
    2528 smax4pnp.exe
    2540 Acrotray.exe
    2812 jusched.exe
     812 bxlaui.exe
    3352 bxlartd.exe
    3132 PresentationFontCache.exe
    4380 WINTRV.EXE
    3860 OUTLOOK.EXE
    4504 blpcbbap.exe
    4572 javaw.exe
    5596 bbcomm.exe
    4376 blpsmarthost.exe
    4100 javaw.exe
    4968 javaw.exe
     552 javaw.exe
    4136 javaw.exe
    2124 IeEmbed.exe
    6424 blpcbbap.exe
    3924 ctm_app.exe
    3676 Acrobat.exe
    7056 Error 0xD0000022
    3468 EXCEL.EXE
    6272 splwow64.exe
    6800 java.exe
    3836 WFCRUN32.EXE
    2916 WFICA32.EXE
    6636 blpcbbap.exe
    6952 blpcbbap.exe
    2956 dwwin.exe
    5500 Error 0xD0000022
    5576 drwtsn32.exe

    *----> Module List <----*
    0000000002160000 - 000000000216a000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Normaliz.dll
    000000003a000000 - 000000003aad0000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\x2coreH8.dll
    000000003d100000 - 000000003d24a000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\x2rpsH8.dll
    000000004c000000 - 000000004c1b6000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\x2utilH8.dll
    000000004d100000 - 000000004d1ae000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\x2comsH8.dll
    000000004d480000 - 000000004e0f1000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\x2guiH8.dll
    000000004e940000 - 000000004e9b0000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\x2wftuH8.dll
    000000004ef40000 - 000000004ef80000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\Xerox\Language Data\V5.0\en-us\x2txtH8.dll
    000000006fa00000 - 000000006fa3f000: C:\PROGRA~2\Sophos\SOPHOS~1\SOPHOS~2.DLL
    000000006fa40000 - 000000006fa51000: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sophos Web Intelligence\swi_lsp_64.dll
    0000000077c20000 - 0000000077d2c000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\USER32.dll
    0000000077d40000 - 0000000077eb3000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\kernel32.dll
    0000000077ec0000 - 0000000077ffc000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntdll.dll
    0000000100000000 - 000000010000c000: C:\WINDOWS\splwow64.exe
    000007ff3d0e0000 - 000007ff3d17e000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\PSCRIPT5.DLL
    000007ff41960000 - 000007ff41a34000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\PS5UI.DLL
    000007ff4b220000 - 000007ff4b340000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WININET.dll
    000007ff4b350000 - 000007ff4b4c7000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\urlmon.dll
    000007ff4bdb0000 - 000007ff4bff3000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\iertutil.dll
    000007ff57040000 - 000007ff57071000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\iphlpapi.dll
    000007ff57140000 - 000007ff573c5000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ole32.dll
    000007ff58af0000 - 000007ff58b4c000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\msctfime.ime
    000007ff5c750000 - 000007ff5c75d000: C:\WINDOWS\System32\wshqos.dll
    000007ff65040000 - 000007ff65089000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\newdev.dll
    000007ff6d200000 - 000007ff6d293000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\hnetcfg.dll
    000007ff76080000 - 000007ff7609e000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\asycfilt.dll
    000007ff763b0000 - 000007ff76435000: C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_Microsoft.Windows.WinHTTP_6595b64144ccf1df_5.1.3790.4929_x-ww_32307663\WINHTTP.dll
    000007ff76470000 - 000007ff76734000: C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_Microsoft.Windows.GdiPlus_6595b64144ccf1df_1.0.3790.3959_x-ww_B45BA3BE\gdiplus.dll
    000007ff77140000 - 000007ff7714c000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WS2HELP.dll
    000007ff77170000 - 000007ff7717b000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\wshtcpip.dll
    000007ff771b0000 - 000007ff7722d000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\mswsock.dll
    000007ff77230000 - 000007ff772af000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\uxtheme.dll
    000007ff77310000 - 000007ff77340000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WS2_32.dll
    000007ff77370000 - 000007ff77408000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\NETAPI32.dll
    000007ff77c90000 - 000007ff77c97000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SensApi.dll
    000007ff78f10000 - 000007ff78f51000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WINSPOOL.DRV
    000007ff794e0000 - 000007ff7950f000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\mscms.dll
    000007ff79c20000 - 000007ff79c4c000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SPOOLSS.DLL
    000007ff7a410000 - 000007ff7a4af000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\MSCTF.dll
    000007ff7b5e0000 - 000007ff7b608000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Cabinet.dll
    000007ff7c680000 - 000007ff7c78a000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\USERENV.dll
    000007ff7ce50000 - 000007ff7ce91000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\apphelp.dll
    000007ff7d310000 - 000007ff7d316000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\MSIMG32.dll
    000007ff7d340000 - 000007ff7d36a000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\MSASN1.dll
    000007ff7d370000 - 000007ff7d4cf000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\CRYPT32.dll
    000007ff7d4d0000 - 000007ff7d4ea000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WINSTA.dll
    000007ff7d500000 - 000007ff7d539000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\IMM32.DLL
    000007ff7daa0000 - 000007ff7daac000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHFOLDER.dll
    000007ff7dac0000 - 000007ff7dc38000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SETUPAPI.dll
    000007ff7e380000 - 000007ff7e390000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\PSAPI.DLL
    000007ff7e3a0000 - 000007ff7e3d9000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\credui.dll
    000007ff7e730000 - 000007ff7e770000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\adsldpc.dll
    000007ff7e940000 - 000007ff7e94b000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WTSAPI32.dll
    000007ff7e950000 - 000007ff7e9b6000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLDAP32.dll
    000007ff7e9c0000 - 000007ff7e9e2000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Secur32.dll
    000007ff7ea10000 - 000007ff7eaee000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\CLBCatQ.DLL
    000007ff7eaf0000 - 000007ff7ebb6000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMRes.dll
    000007ff7ebc0000 - 000007ff7ecd6000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\OLEAUT32.dll
    000007ff7ef60000 - 000007ff7effb000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHLWAPI.dll
    000007ff7f000000 - 000007ff7f187000: C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls_6595b64144ccf1df_6.0.3790.3959_x-ww_0A7B2435\comctl32.dll
    000007ff7f190000 - 000007ff7fb9a000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll
    000007ff7fbf0000 - 000007ff7fbfb000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\VERSION.dll
    000007ff7fc00000 - 000007ff7fc86000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\msvcrt.dll
    000007ff7fc90000 - 000007ff7fd2c000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\GDI32.dll
    000007ff7fd30000 - 000007ff7fec9000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\RPCRT4.dll
    000007ff7fee0000 - 000007ff7ffe5000: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ADVAPI32.dll


    I looked up what what the access violation meant and it just tells me that it is a very generic error.

    Anyway, they are printing to networked Xerox printers using 64bit drivers. We just got them installed towards the end of last year. Xerox already gave us the newest drivers they have and it didn't fix anything. I have another windows xp 64bit machine setup, but I haven't been able to recreate the problem. Even after I had one of the users login to the machine. Which to me also rules out any profile issues. Replacing the machine is not an option either as they these machines were specially ordered to handle there workloads.

    Finally I did read up on the splwow64 proccess. From the beginning we have figured this was the culprit but didn't want to rule anything out. All the research and testing just furthers are belief this is still the case. Since the process can't emulate a print job from 32bit to 64bit, is there any other way around this. Has microsoft created a hot fix for this yet? It seems to be a major problem that it isn't getting addressed.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:37 PM

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  • Alright, so I think I'm on to the issue, which begs another question. Is there a way to change the default timeout on the splwow64.exe process?
    Monday, February 27, 2012 2:36 PM
  • Alright, so I think I'm on to the issue, which begs another question. Is there a way to change the default timeout on the splwow64.exe process?

    For this question, looks like I found the answer.

    Please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972616 

    I know the title of the Microsoft KB article mentions something totally different and says it's for 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista - but scroll down to the 'Resolution' section and it mentions Windows Server 2003 64-bit also. (Windows XP Professional 64-bit's core is identical to Windows Server 2003 x64 - as per Wikipedia).

    OK, I am quoting how to customize the time-out value for splwow64.exe from the above mentioned KB article-


    1. Click Start, then click Run.
    2. Type regedit , and then click OK.
    3. Locate and then right-click the following registry subkey:                                                                HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print
    4. Point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
    5. Type SplWOW64TimeOutSeconds as the registry entry name, and then press ENTER.
    6. Double-click the SplWOW64TimeOutSeconds entry that you created in step 4.
    7. Enter a value in the Value data box, and then click OK." 

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:44 AM
  • The above didn't work.

    However, for the DWORD I didn't put SplWOW64TimeOutSeconds. I just did SPLWOW64TimeOut.
    I also added an additional entry under terminal services/sytem procs I just put DWOD SplWOW64.exe and set value to 0.

    It cleared things up for about a week but then the user just reported the error again this morning. I suppose I can adjust it to what the KB states to do though and see if it makes a difference.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 3:03 PM
  • If the method by Microsoft does not work; I am afraid I cannot be of much help - perhaps I don't have any 64-bit version of Windows.
    Monday, March 12, 2012 3:34 PM
  • Yeah I think thanks to Microsoft we will just have to update there OSes at some point because there is no other method of getting around this, unless some major tweaking is done and for an environment like ours that can lead to just more issues down the road.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012 2:04 PM
  • Hi, Mogwuy.

    There are a couple of things that you can try that just might get you around this problem.  XP, huh?  Haven't run that old dinosaur in ages (I have a server with 6TB HDD, ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe Mempipe mobo, AMD 9850 Phenom X4 Processor 64-bit Black Edition (True Quad Core), 8GB DDR3 1660, Win7 Ultimate x64, etc), but since you're running the Win7 opsys, too, one of these may take care of your troubles.  IO know that some things may not be the same on an XP running Win 7 64 as it is with the newer powerhouse systems, but these steps should be very close - just use "HELP" (the <F1> key) if you need to at anytime...always best when you have an Internet connection.

    Have you run a System Repair?  Put your Win7 CD into your CD/DVD drive, then reboot (a full shutdown, or cold boot would be best).  After about 30 seconds, turn your computer back on.  After it gets thru the post screen(s), look for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD drive..." - you have only a short time to press something, biggest target is the <spacebar>, but most key will do.  This will go through a Windows 7 boot-up process, then will show you a list of your drives that contain any boot info.  If you have several, highlight the correct HDD and click <OK>.  Next, the system may ask if you want to repair your opsys/boot drive (click <OK>), or it may jump right in to the repair mode.  If it runs, either way, when it's done click <OK> to reboot.  When it reboots, ignore the question that showed up the first time and log into your system.  See if that has done it...?  If not, do another shutdown, or cold boot.  Turn on your system after about 30 seconds, and watch for the prompt you saw the first time.  Now you want to get to a menu, giving you a number of options - click on the line that has Repair and let it run its course, reboot when it's done.  Again, let the reboot go past the prompt (e.g., don't tap any key when it asks) and log back into your system.  Was it successful this time...?

    If not, you have a couple of more options, both may require some reinstallation of software.  First, you can re-initialize the Registry; but before that step, make a full backup of it.  Run regedt32.exe - hold down your <Windows> key and press the letter R.  This is the shortcut for bringing up the "Run Popup," or you can <Click> on the  "Start" icon, then click on <RUN..> in the start menu.  Once the popup entry box appears, type in "regedt32.exe" and this will run up the Registry Editor.  Click on "Computer" to highlight it, then click  on "File," then "Export..."; save the file to a CD, an HDD, USB drive, etc. naming it something like "REGBAK00" and putting into its own private folder, just for Registry Backups - the entire registry will then be written as a backup.  If needed, you can easily find the file in your file manager and give it a double click to have it automatically restore the registry to its original state prior to re-initializing.  Close out the Regedit program when the backup has completed writing.  Next, using the "Run..." popup again, you'll enter "regini.exe" and click <OK>.  Follow any instructions and when completed, reboot/restart your computer.  30 Seconds, turn system on, bootup and login, as before.  Problem fixed, yet?

    Lastly, after restoring the Registry to it's prior state, reboot/restart, but this time you want it to boot up on the Windows 7 CD, again.  You can try the repair option one more time, but if it still isn't doing right, the first screen you see when booting up to Windows 7 CD is where you click to reinstall Windows 7.  You will NOT lose everything, but will have to reinstall programs to make them operational again.  You can remove the CD and reboot/restart and login.  This should have fixed the problem, as the entire Windows folder has been rewritten (first it was backed up under a folder named WINDOW001, or such.  A Windows Install doesn't write over any of your program data, or either of the Program Files folders (as long as you don''t tell it to do a "Clean" install!

    I hope one of these methods provided a cure for your trouble, hopefully the first steps before the last one.

    Good Luck!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:44 AM
  • "Mogwuy" stated he is running Windows XP Professional 64-bit and not Windows 7.

    Carey Frisch

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:18 AM
  • Running Startup Repair on Windows XP Professional 64-bit will not do any good - but it could create boot problems as it's designed for Windows Vista and above (and I think because Vista has a new way of storing boot configuration data, Startup Repair could very easily cause problems). Also, none of the options in Repair My Computer option on Windows 7 disk will fix a printing problem - even if it's on a Windows 7 system.

    Searches on the web show that regini.exe is for setting registry permissions - I don't understand how this would help in the case. 

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:07 AM