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LSASS "Unable to Load Component" Error

My computer went out when there was a power circuit overload that tripped the breaker. After that windows gave an error "LSASS - Unable to Load Component ?????" error. I should have ran the System File Checker as everyone in Google recommends, but where I was I didn't have an internet connection to look it up. I started the Windows XP in-place reinstall instead, but now when Windows Setup loads it gives the same LSASS error except it doesn't mention any file, it merely says "lsass.exe: unable to load component" at the top of the error window, and the dialog says, sic: "the application has failed to start because." No matter what I do, it will keep popping up.

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  • Justin Goldberg Dec 07, 2008

    Also Windows Setup won't complete, it just reboots the computer.

  • Justin Goldberg Dec 07, 2008

    Spinrite did find a bad sector, so I will try a new reinstall in the meantime.

  • Justin Goldberg Dec 11, 2008

    the only problem is that a format of any kind will reset the registry and all my program settings. Perhaps I should image the drive, then reinstall (eg an inplace reinstall) then copy the old filesystem over the new install except the registries SECURITY file. It can't hurt, and will be less work than doing a complete bare metal format, reinstalling all the old programs, etc....

  • Justin Goldberg Jan 30, 2010

    okay, I have this exact same problem again, except I am putting a hard-drive into another computer because the old motherboard has bad capacitors. Upon attempting the in-place reinstall I get the xp pro setup lsass unable to locate component error dialog. I don't know what to do. Microsoft recommends replacing the ntdsapi.dll file within windows, but this isn't a problem, it's a re-install problem. I've heard that you need to replace the hdc ide drivers and also something about replacing the HAL, but afaik there's no way to do it other than the reinstall, besides starting over from scratch.

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I think because of the power failure, some parts in your hard drive are broken, bad sector may be.
So, when reinstalling, I suggest you to do full format, not a quick format. That way, the installation will recognize the place where bad sector is located, and will not put anything at that place.
Can not load component, usually because windows can not read from the disk.

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