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Anyone know how to restart a service once it's been disabled

by alsylvia / February 26, 2010 9:21 AM PST

Dell Vostro 1000
AMD Sempron Processor
1 Gb of Ram
75 GB on the hard drive
Running Windows XP Home SP3

While trying to hunt down a virus, my son disabled some pretty important services (like Workstation and RPC -- gotta love him!) I cannot, for the life of me figure out how to restart a service once it's been disabled. Clicking on properties in the services tool does not open up a dialog box (actually on any of the services, not just the disabled ones)

I've ordered a reinstall disk in case I have to wipe the machine. Any ideas?


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Mildly advanced. Read link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2010 9:35 AM PST
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Thanks, but sc isn't working either
by alsylvia / February 26, 2010 12:22 PM PST
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A recent discussion
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2010 12:45 PM PST

Found the registry was damaged causing services to not start.

Google "XP Repair Install" and after you backup, maybe you can use that.

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Just asking if you have tried the usual route
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 26, 2010 8:45 PM PST

and that is to open the Services Console in XP, to re-enable those services.

If you haven't tried this yet, goto Start > Run, type in services.msc and click OK. In the window that pops-up, you can scroll down to the Service you want to change, highlight and double click and change as you need.

If you are not sure which services are required, optional, not needed, have a look at the BlackViper's guide to services for Windows XP Home SP3 here;

Does that help?


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Additionally but might not help
by Steven Haninger / February 26, 2010 10:30 PM PST

Many services have what's called "dependencies". This means some cannot run without others running as well. You can these under the service properties by going to dependency's and seeing what else is a prerequisite before attempting to start that service.

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Much Thanks, but still stuck
by alsylvia / February 27, 2010 2:21 AM PST

Thanks all for great info. Unfortunately, I have used the service console. The problem is that double clicking a service in the console does nothing (the computer does not respond) and right-clicking and highlighting "properties" does nothing (again, the computer does not respond). That's why I was looking for a trick -- some other way of enabling a service (I need to enable the Workstation service and the Remote Call Procedure service). Since I can't get the properties from any of the services, I can't follow the chain of dependencies easily.

It's looking like I will have to re-install windows. If anyone else had any other ideas, I'd love to hear them!


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Much Thanks, but still stuck
by boregard1 / March 10, 2010 9:36 PM PST

As a last resort, you could try the "restore" function.

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