I am running Windows XP Pro. My computer used to start everything very quickly, but recently I noticed that it took a long time for Windows to completely start up. The desktop would appear, and I could run some programs, but most networking tasks did not work.
Upon further investigation, I noticed that my Workstation service gets stuck in the 'Starting' state for more than a minute before it enters the 'Started' state. Once it is in the started state, the system runs fine.
If I change the Workstation service to DISABLED, the computer starts up nice and quick, but obviously lacks the networking capabilites that require the Workstation service.
Starting the Workstation service by typing NET START WORKSTATION makes this output:
C:\Documents and Settings\Chris>net start workstation
The Workstation service is starting...............................
The Workstation service was started successfully.
Just for comparison, here is NET START SERVER
The Server service is starting.
The Server service was started successfully.
Notice how many extra dots the workstation has after starting?
The only possible cause I can think of is the other day I downloaded, tried, then uninstalled a few Antivirus programs. I think the ones I used were: Kaspersky and Vexira. I may have tried others, but I can't remember any other names. I know I did not ever install Norton, so I shouldn't be having the 'Norton Leaves Hooks' problems some other people have had. Are there any known problems uninstalling the two I just listed? I used Windows Add/Remove programs to uninstall them.
If you need any more information, I will gladly provide it.