I'm getting the following error when I click on any service in the services.msc control:

An error has occurred in this dialog.

Error: 54
Unspecified error.

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This is on Windows Server 2003.

As you can see in the screenshot, the error isn't specifying the line or URL so it's not giving me much to go on.

  • Try accessing it from another computer and see if you have the same problem. If you don't, then I'd say it's an interface problem and not a server problem. Have you recently updated the server (like installing IE8)? Have you rebooted the server? – joeqwerty Nov 5 '09 at 13:40
  • Reboot: Yes. Update: No. IE install: No. – Dave Forgac Nov 5 '09 at 13:55
  • I later found that the user had upgraded the system to IE8 immediately before this problem started. Reverting to IE7 didn't correct the problem however. – Dave Forgac Jan 19 '10 at 4:07

I found the IE 8 wasn't fully installed. It had supposedly installed with a group of Windows Updates. I even got the IE Welcome dialog but when I checked About it was IE 7. I did the download from MS but I'm not sure what actually kicked off the IE 8 Installation. Once IE 8 installed my error when away.

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To fix this issue download and install the lastest IE8 from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx and do not remove anything before doing so

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I don't know if this helps, but here is a few explanations about what error 54 is on windows.

# for decimal 54 / hex 0x36 :
  DEVICE_REFERENCE_COUNT_NOT_ZERO                               bugcodes.h
  MSG_DN_CERT_PENDING_WITH_INFO                                 certlog.mc
# Certificate Services left request %1 pending in the queue
# for %2.  Additional information: %3
  CR_DEVICE_INTERFACE_ACTIVE                                    cfgmgr32.h
  POLICY_ERRV_USER_CHANGED                                      lpmapi.h
  NRC_MAXAPPS                                                   nb30.h
# /* max number of applications exceeded        */
  NMERR_INVALID_NETWORK_ID                                      netmon.h
  OLE_ERROR_SETDATA_FORMAT,                                     ole.h
# Server app doesn't understand the       */
  ERROR_NETWORK_BUSY                                            winerror.h
# The network is busy.
  LDAP_LOOP_DETECT                                              winldap.h
# for hex 0x54 / decimal 84 :
  LM_SERVER_INTERNAL_ERROR                                      bugcodes.h
  MSG_E_INVALID_KRA_CERT                                        certlog.mc
# Certificate Services will not use key recovery certificate
# %1 because it could not be verified for use as a Key
# Recovery Agent.  %2  %3
  NMERR_PATH_NOT_FOUND                                          netmon.h
  ERROR_OUT_OF_STRUCTURES                                       winerror.h
# Storage to process this request is not available.
  LDAP_DECODING_ERROR                                           winldap.h
# 14 matches found for "54"
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I was having the problem with IE 8 on Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 edition, and I was able to fixed unistalling IE 8, we shouldn't surf in the internet on a Server Production Machine anyway.

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