The last file to run on shutdown is "License Manager" ...never heard of it before, and I have, what I think is a heck of a lot of computer experience, not as a programmer, but as a foe of Windows OS's, and a beta-tester. I spend hours a day working through the various bugs and challenges of working with this system. Anyway, I am pretty confident that I know what's up with the mind-games it plays with me. When in doubt, reformat ...that has become my motto, when working with Windows ...as a result I have a pile of burned CD's as backups.
So, this licensemanager.exe file is running at shutdown, and then it hangs there. Any attempt to work around it, is met with an error message telling me that whatever I am trying to do, is not going to work, as the computer is shutting down. Never seen this message before. I have some pretty good software in my system to sort things out, but if I cannot access them at critical moments like this, then they become useless ...thus the drastic power plug route.
It has been traced back to "licensemanager.exe" in the c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Translat\LICENSEMANAGER.EXE location.
I've done an internet sweep to see if this is an issue with anyone else, apparently not ...MS has nothing on the file or the issue in the context of it acting like it is.
If I remove the file to a cache folder on the side, XP can't find it, and the affect is ...no problems with shutdown, startup, or general functioning.
It appears to be a needed file from Microsoft because of its location on the drive and the references to it on the MS site. But nothing is there to signify what it is for. And there are no MS references in the file's properties write-up. It must have only come down the pipe in the last wee while ...as it has never caused a problem before. It is a DOS based file, by the way. So, it is being accessed by Windows and not available for editing as I found out when I snooped in side of it. All contents are hidden, so no reference as to what it is, or what it does can be had. If you have never seen this file, I can send you a copy. It is only about 258Kb in size.
There is also a reference to in the registry in the ACDSee references: ACDSeeLicenseManager.exe.
There are no other software connected relationships found there.
Subsequent to my hiding the file, I went to the MICROSOFT XP site and was checking out something else. I went to download a file that needed validating and it would not download, as "whatever" did not find what it wanted, and the error read that either there was a poor connection or I was using a pirated copy of XP which I am not.
Is the file really necessary to the on-going functioning of XP or any other service on the computer, or can I just leave it hidden for the time being. Everything works fine in the interim.
If you want to post your response to this inquiry to the forum, go ahead, but I would like a private response please, so that I don't have to do looking all over the place for your answer ...and I need it a.s.a.p. ...to be able to rest easy.
...kindest regards, Al
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