Workstation service fails to start

Posted on 2004-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Recently went to the network neighborhood of a client on a Windows 2000 peer to peer network.  Although connected to the network, it reported "network not started".  Followed the services dependiencies to the workstation service.  The error in the event log is that it is not starting due to an error that "RDR drivers not found".  What might be causing this sporadic error?

Specific sequence of events:
Network browser (and thus workstation) had been working, as I accessed a shared drive from the problemattic computer.  I was transferring backup images to a remote computer when the local user powered down their computer (despite my warning).  Restarted their computer and encountered a network not found issue in the network neighborhood.  Checked services and noted that workstation for the browser was not starting.  Checked event log and workstation error due to RDR driver.  Workstation error precedes user interrupting file transfer.  Checked previous questions and noted similar question was asked in exchange services but answer cut short due to isues with the posting individual.  Considered reinstall of NIC and redoing service packs.But checked back on client from this remote computer and was able to access shares.  Going to review event log for periodicity / related cause.   Will post event log if helpful.  

Thanks in advance!
Question by:CougarCrossing
    LVL 18

    Expert Comment

    This can be related to software, like an antivirus, that changed kernel mode filters. See here:

    I've seen this behaviour related to Computer Associate's Inoculate, but there are patches for it.

    Author Comment

    Sorry for the delay in responding.  I have been out due to business.  I will check on your recommendations this weekend.  Thanks.


    Author Comment

    Doesn't appear to be the problem.  Haven't had time at the client to rule it out.  Raised the question value.
    LVL 18

    Accepted Solution

    RDR error is about kernel drivers. Usualy there are other related errors around, which can point to the rdr driver that failed. For an atempt of quick repair reinstall SP4 and all packages after sp4.

    You can try, before that, to run from a command prompt

    SFC /runnow

    The utility will try to restore the damaged files.

    Author Comment

    My apologies, got disconnected for a while there.  Thanks for the answer.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

    Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

    A common practice in small networks is making file sharing easy which works extremely well when intra-network security is not an issue. In essence, everyone, that is "Everyone", is given access to all of the shared files - often the entire C: drive …
    Trying to figure out group policy inheritance and which settings apply where can be a chore.  Here's a very simple summary I've written which might help.  Keep in mind, this is just a high-level conceptual overview where I try to avoid getting bogge…
    With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…
    To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…

    884 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    14 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now