Thursday, 9 October 2014

How to fix "GfxUI has stopped working" in Windows Vista

Annoying, isn't it?

Recently when fixing my friend's laptop - a battered old Acer Aspire 5738Z running Windows Vista - I kept seeing the "GfxUI has stopped working" error every time Windows booted up.

I did the usual thing of Googling for a solution, but none of the proposed fixes such as updating the Intel graphics driver or flashing the BIOS worked for me.

What did work for me was the following:
  1. Uninstall all versions of Microsoft .NET.
  2. Restart Windows.
  3. Run Windows Update and reinstall all versions of Microsoft .NET and related patches.
  4. Restart Windows.

This might not work for you, but it did for me.

Incidentally, that laptop is the most fragrant computer I've ever encountered. It smells of wood! (My friend is a carpenter and uses his laptop in his workshop, so it's covered in sawdust.)

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