System automatically shuts down every 10 minutes


Chee Yap

My Windows 2000 Pro system suddenly developed this habit
of shutting down and restarting every 10 minutes or so.

Installing Service Pack 4 did not help.

The message says:
The system is shutting down. Please save all work in
progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost.
This shutdown was initiated by NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.

The system process C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\SERVICES.EXE
terminated unexpectedly with status code 128. The system
will shut down and restart.

I found a website saying that if I fix the regedit
entry for shared objects, it would help, but my regedit
shows no such objects.

Can anyone suggest a fix?

Thanks in advance,
--Chee Yap
email: yap at



Marc Reynolds [MSFT]




paul Dietrich

Several possibilities to investigate:

1) Virus or other malicious program or person
2) Scheduled tasks and/or background services
3) corrupted system files
4) Hardware

5) A combination of #2 and #3 could be a possibility too.

Each of these need to be looked in to. See if you can eliminate one or
more possibilities. And post any add'l info you may have regarding this.

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