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Event ID 7026 and i8042prt troubleshooting

Event ID 7026 and i8042prt is a recurring error in the Windows Event Logs. I usually see this error on a server reboot .

It’s normal for a server to not have a keyboard or mouse attached. I usually suppress the error , by creating a headless entry.

 The  errors occurs if you don’t plug in a PS/2 keyboard – which causes the drivers to not move to SYSTEM32\DRIVERS


Event Type:	Error
Event Source:	Service Control Manager
Event Category:	None
Event ID:	7026
Date:		20/12/2011
Time:		22:29:40
User:		N/A
Computer:	SERVER1
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: 


Solution 1


Plug in the PS\2 keyboard at least once and reboot


Solution 2


1. Go to Start > Run and put "regedit.exe" and click "Ok";

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters in Registry Editor;

3. Add a new REG_DWORD "Headless" and set the value to 1;

4. Reboot the server.


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