--Another one that I couldn't post it here due to another problem to do with a 'mod_security' module on the Apache sever (apparently, I don't understand what it was) - I will blog about that in the Geekzone at some point--
I had the "host process for windows services stopped working and was closed" error again, and had a look around.
The Vista Help says that â€œthe cause could be smaller programs, such as extensionsâ€¦ check with the software publisher to see if there is an updated, DEP-compatible version available, or try uninstalling the program.â€
DEP is â€œData Execution Preventionâ€: basically it is a service that stops programs that may be damaging your system (i.e. viruses, etc.); â€œIf a program tries running (also known as executing) code from memory in an incorrect way, DEP closes the program.â€ (the Help file again). The program itâ€™s closing here is svchost.exe: being something apparently quite important to Windows, itâ€™s kind of worrying that it shuts it down, but everything else seems to continue fineâ€¦
Anyway, I Googled the error message and came across a few similar issues: here and here
They mentioned using the â€œEvent Logâ€, so I decided to try it. You go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer, and get this