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I have installed SP2 on a Windows XP Pro machine, but am unable to
turn the firewall on. When I try to run it from the security window,
it says it cannot turn on Internet Connection Sharing. When I run
SERVICES.MSC, and try to turn the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection
Sharing on, I get the following error message:

Error 123: The file name, directory name or volume label syntax is
incorrect.

In looking at the "Path to executable:" window, sure enough, it says:

\SystemRoot\C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

which is exactly what it should say, except for the \SystemRoot\
entry, which I assume is what is causing the firewall not to start.
Unfortunately, I can find no way to edit that window to take out the
offending entry. Anyone know how to correct this problem? Thanks.
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Path to executable should be:

"%Systemroot\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs"

Or the expanded path, such as:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

To fix the settings, you may use the "sharedaccess.reg" file available in this page:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/sharedaccess.htm

-or-

To fix it manually in the registry, use these steps:

Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe
Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess

Double-click "ImagePath" and set its data to:

"C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs"

Assuming that Windows is installed in C:\Windows. If not, adjust the path/driveletter accordingly.
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