Windows Firewall / ICS won't enable


I've recently moved into new lodgings, my housemate has his computer wired up to the broadband connection.  I am trying to set up internet connection sharing, so that I can access the net via a crossover cable.

Problem is, on my housemates PC I cannot enable the internet connection sharing thing, or even set up a small office / home network!

If I try to enable the windows firewall / internet connection sharing (ICS) service in services.msc it tells me that "1068: The dependancy service or group failed to start"

Incidentally, Norton firewall keeps disabling itself apparently.  

This isn't my computer, and I can't convince him that Norton is more trouble than its worth.  I'm not allowed to make any major changes.

Help please!
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Hi Celardore

Does the Computer Connected to the internet have Windows XP??

Go into network connections, select both connections ( the one that's connected to the internet and the one that is connected to your computer), right click and select Bridge connections.
If his network connection was DHCP enabled, yours should be to, if not enter the same with the IP different.
Disable firewalls if it is still not working.
Hello Celardore,

assuming your housemate is running W/XP: I found this - can you get your friend to reinstall SP1?
in sevices.msc, right click on the ICS service, choose properties, check the dependancies, and see if any of them are set to disable, if so enable them

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"Error 1068" Error Message When You Try to Turn On Internet Connection Sharing
tells you which sevices that have to be running
To resolve this issue, make sure that all dependant services have been started. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
2. Under Pick a Task, click Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.
3. In the Tools area, click System Configuration Utility.
4. In the right pane, click Open System Configuration Utility. This opens the System Configuration Utility.
5. Click the Services tab.
6. Make sure all the following services are turned on. To turn on a service, click to select the check box. • Application Layer Gateway Service
• Network Connections
• Network Location Awareness (NLA)
• Plug and Play
• Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
• Remote Access Connection Manager
• Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
• Telephony
7. Click OK, and then click Restart.
8. After Windows restarts, rerun the Internet Connection Sharing Wizard.

For additional information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
241584 Service Does Not Start and Displays "Error 1058"

CelardoreAuthor Commented:
It was an issue with the services.  Network Connections service was for some reason disable, who knows why.

Thanks to all who participated :)
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