Could not add the requested component

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When trying to install "Client for Microsoft Networks" I get the message
"Could not add the requested component. The error is: The remote procedure call failed."

My father was having problems connecting to the internet so I tried removing all of the networking components and network adapters (hardware and software). I have now put the network adapter back in but "Client for Microsoft Networks" won't install. When I try to install it I get the message above and the following error in the event log that seems completely unrelated
Source: Service Control Manager
EventID: 7031
Description: The Print Spooler service terminated unexpectedly.....
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Top Expert 2007

Commented:
I would disable the spooler and possibly uninstall any printers, and then try to install the MS Client again.

I hope this helps !

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Commented:
I'm afraid that didn't help and no printers were displayed anyway as spooler wouldn't start!
I have now solved this myself by running WinsockXPFix.
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
Glad to hear !

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Commented:
Thanks for your assistance anyway SysExpert

It is an excellent program. I had forgotten all about it. I literally spent about 8 hours solid trying to to fix this problem before I came across Winsock XP Fix again. Although it is called XP it works fine on 2000 too and possibly other versions of Windows. It is free to use and was a complete life-saver as I was about to resort to a repair install or worse!
I am sure there are dozens of places to download it but in case anyone else needs it you can try http://www.snapfiles.com/get/winsockxpfix.html

Hope someone else finds this useful and you can spend your 8 hours doing something more productive with your day.

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Note to Administrators although I answered this problem myself I would suggest keeping it as a PAQ as it has value for others who might encounter the same problem.
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Closed, 500 points refunded.
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