but a Google search for WIA service hung on starting lists many similar reports of this problem. I think you are going to have to work down these and see if any fit your problem, and if so, try the suggested remedies.

For example in the TechArena forums there is a suggestion to disable WIA in the Services console, then setit back to Automatic or Manual.

Another discussion in PCReview.co.uk gives a couple of Microsoft Knowledge based articles about this here;

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;819017&Product=winxp , and

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;300462

Finding the right solution for you may be as easy as the first Google hit, or may take a bit of trial and error.

Good luck.

Mark