“COM Surrogate Has Stopped Working in Vista

Satheesh C B | Friday, January 29, 2010 | 0 comments

Whenever you browse folders containing video or media files in Vista,  may get  the error COM Surrogate has stopped working  . This occurs mainly because of codecs and other COM components installed by various software that aren’t compatible with Vista.

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If you use a codec pack, uninstall it and check if the problem is fixed. Try installing individual codec from here on.If you are using Nero or DivX , then  upgrade  to their latest versions .Also try to disable  Thumbnail previews.

One more  possible solution is  turning off DEP for dllhost,for that do the following

  • Right click on Computer, and choose Properties
  • Now click on Advanced System Settings, and then under Advanced, click Settings> Click the “Data Execution Protection” tab, and then click “Turn on DEP for all programs
  • Click on the Add button, and then browse to C:\Windows\System32\dllhost.exe ,Click Open, and then OK.

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