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