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A problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the license for this computer 0x80040002

Friday, June 20th, 2008

As I was trolling about the incident logs recently I noticed that two Windows Server 2003 hosts which were completely separate and had absolutely no interaction with one another were both presenting the same error message during the logon process. The error was:

"A problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the license for this computer 0x80040002" This error presented immediately after Authentication. A quick Google only revealed a few hits regarding Windows XP Home and a Dell specific problem so naturally it piqued my interest.

One machine could obviously be hardware related (file corruption, bad RAM, anything really..) but two? This was just way too juicy for me to ignore so I began investigating.

A reboot into safe-mode and I was in business. My first stop is always to check the services list in the registry editor. Indeed, a quick check in regedit led me to a service called ‘recovery2′ which I have never heard of. The ImagePath was "c:\program files\outlook express\recovery.exe" curious and more curious. This service obviously being spurious I removed the entry from the registry, deleted the file and restarted the server. The machine then processed my login normally.

The odd thing being that I could find any good references to this particular root-kit anywhere on Google.

If anyone comes across something similar, let me know how you fare in the comments.

-Drew