Network Connections Service hung at startup

My problem has been mentioned on here and as far as I see is unresolved.

We have XP SP2 machines whos Network Connections service hangs during startup. You can browse the network just fine, but others can not see me or even ping me even though I have an IP address assigned. We as a result also can't remote into these machines but they can remote out to others (RD is enabled and permissions set correctly). I would really like to continue using SP2. When I look at the service it says starting and when right clicked the start/stop option is greyed out. I can only view properties option.

I could wipe a couple of these machine and with a fresh install everything worked. But, some of them we are not allowed to wipe.

The only thing in common that the problem machines have is that they were all installed pre-SP1 and incrementally updated throughout the last couple years. It seems that using a SP1a slipstreamed CD and then upgrading to SP2 worked fine on the Wiped machines.

Only other thing is that a majority of these machines had spyware of one kind or another when I first started working with them. I eventually got rid of it though using variuos spyware tools.

All machines have Norton AV 9.0 with latest definitions and no viruses found.

Let me know if you guys/gals need any other info.

Thanks ahead of time
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applesmashAsked:
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darkeryuCommented:
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james_in_hardwareCommented:
Few questions.

Are the pc's you are logging into.  Are you using blank passwords on these XP machines to login and are you running on a mixed OS network environment?
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mlemanCommented:
have your turned the firewall off as windows xp service pack to by default turns on the firewall, so nothing can get in, but you can still see stuff
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
good question, Our servers are all Windows 2003 w/ Active Directory. All of our client PCs are running XP SP2 (These are the problem machines). Our password policy is strong. We do not allow less that 7 characters and passwords require numbers and letters.
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james_in_hardwareCommented:
That has to be it.  If you cannot be pinged then something is blocking the packet transmission.  Are you running any third party software firewalls on those machines.
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
As far as the firewall goes, the service for it won't start because it relies on the Network Connections Service. So the firewall is off.
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
Another attribute of the problem is that none of the of the nextwork connections are visible since the network connections service is stuck.
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
I guess what I need is some sort of solution to get that service started (Network Connections Service)
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mlemanCommented:
uninstall the network cards, and reinstall, could be an irq conflict
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
I removed it, rebooted and redetected with no luck. As far as physically, it is integrated into the MB. The machines this is happening is from a couple of different manufacturers, mainly Dell and Compaq.
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mlemanCommented:
are you running a 2003 server, with sp1 installed
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
Yes, but there are no problems with the server. Think this is AD related?
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
Repair install did not fix the problem either, nor did sfc. I now have 6 XP-SP2 machines with this problem.
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darkeryuCommented:
Hi:

could u post the event log message ??
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
These are the only errors during the boot process for the system event log:

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First system Error:
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Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7022
Date:            5/8/2005
Time:            2:10:42 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      C-TPA-DAVES
Description:
The Network Connections service hung on starting.

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Immediatly following that error is:
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Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7001
Date:            5/8/2005
Time:            2:10:42 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      C-TPA-DAVES
Description:
The Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service depends on the Network Connections service which failed to start because of the following error:
After starting, the service hung in a start-pending state.

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4 Minutes later:
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Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7023
Date:            5/8/2005
Time:            2:14:53 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      C-TPA-DAVES
Description:
The Computer Browser service terminated with the following error:
This operation returned because the timeout period expired.


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applesmashAuthor Commented:
Rolling back to SP1 fixes the problem. But I really would like to use SP2s features. I'm giving this 1 more day then I will have to live with the roll-back.
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spiderfixCommented:
>>The Computer Browser service terminated<<

In regedit...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\
LMannounce = 0
modify to 1

...you'll need to reboot.
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
That fixed the Computer Browser service issue, but the network connections service error is the critical one, I will give some points though after today is over. Anyone else?
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spiderfixCommented:
The Network Connections service is dependant on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) running?
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
Yes it is.
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spiderfixCommented:
Are you running any VPN network(s)?
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
No
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spiderfixCommented:
Simple File Sharing enabled?

Folder Options...
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applesmashAuthor Commented:
The above led me in the right direction, a couple of things on that list had problems. Honestlty I don't know exactly which one fixed the problem since I went through all of them before rebooting.
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