Simple TCP/IP Services Don't Want To Start - Why? :(

Posted on 2007-07-23
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I'm having an issue with a Windows XP Pro Installation on a customers computer.  The problem is that Simple TCP/IP services will not start.  When trying to start manually it gives error message:

Could not start the Simple TCP/IP Services on Local Computer.

Error 10106:  The requested service provider could not be loaded or initialized.

The only dependency that shows for this service is AFD Networking Support Environment right now.  DHCP server service has no problems starting but Simple TCP/IP service will not.  I've tried removing TCP/IP from Add/Remove Windows comonents and installing it again but this doesn't seem to help any.  I don't really want to have to do a Windows repair and wondered if anybody might have suggestions for things I should check into.  Thanks for the help.

Question by:mstep3
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    Expert Comment

    is this a recent problem? probably some windows update messed it up or if you've installed VMWare, that could do it, too. if you know when this started, perhaps you can do a restore to a previous system state via windows system restore.
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    Accepted Solution

    Is there a reason you need the Simple TCP/IP services on the computer.  It's not recommended to install or run those services unless their specifically needed.   The TCP/IP protocol works without the Simple service installed.

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    Assisted Solution


    Do you have a backup?  If not, see if you can backup your critical data before you proceed.  Then find your xp cd, boot xp from the hard drive, open a command window and type sfc /scannow and press Enter.  This has worked pretty well for me to recover from TCPIP errors from a number of causes.

    Good Luck,

    - gurutc

    Author Comment


    Thanks everybody for the help and input.  I appreciate it.  I tried your suggestion guruntc, but it did not seem to resolve the connection problems and the computer never would obtain an IP address.  There were some errors in the event log with DHCP Server failing also.  We decided to go ahead and do a clean install of Windows on the machine to clear up the issues.  Seems to work well now.  Thanks Again for the help.


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