Running a Windows 2000 PC, have received this message several times, i click "Ok", and the PC reboots, and the screen re-appears; what does this mean, and what can I do about it? Do I need to reinstall Windows 2000? Will I lose my data and network settings?
"Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Service cannot start. Error Status: oxoooo2eI Please click Ok to shutdown this system and reboot into Dirtectory Services Restore Mode, check the event log for more detailed information"
is a legitimate windows system file that has been known to have some security vulnerabilities.
"Local Security Authentication Server (LSASS.EXE). This is the LSA server. During user authentication, the WINLOGIN process will interact with the LSASS process. LSASS implements the user space part of the authentication procedure for accessing objects, interacting with the Executive Security Reference Monitor mechanism."
It would be wise to scan for viruses but it is probably a corrupted file.
Also worth considering, is that there is lsass.exe (firts letter Between K and M), part of windows, and Isass.exe (first letter between H and J) a virus. As the windows bit is with a lover case l, and the virus a Capital I, they look identical in the standard windows font. Deliberately done by the virus writer, no doubt, to confuse the user into not being able to tell them apart.