WZCSVC not starting up automatically on computer restart

Posted on 2007-07-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
On computer restart %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc /s must be opened in order to open Window's Zero Configuuration and manually start WZCSVC. Despite being Startup type being set to automatic, each time computer is restarted the WZC must be restarted manually before being able to access WiFi and get on the internet through wire less network.

An ideas?


Windows XP Pro
Question by:cdbarton
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    Accepted Solution

    A quick fix:

    Run a batch script on startup and have it contain the following:
    @echo off
    sleep 30s
    sc stop WZCSVC
    sleep 2s
    sc start WZCSVC

    Turn off the echoing of commands.
    Wait 30 seconds (for the computer to startup, and for the service to get going once)
    stop the service, wait 2 seconds, then start it again.

    Adjust the sleep period as needed.  This will eliminate the need to manually fix it, afraid I can't help you to just make it work the first time.

    Author Comment


    How do I run a batch script?


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    Assisted Solution

    Many wireless cards come with a utility that disables WZC and configures the wireless card itself (usually adding in some extra features not available through WZC).  For instance, on the laptop I'm on, it's called Intel PROset Wireless.  If you have such a utility trying to control your wireless card, then that may be the problem.  There's typically a button or checkbox somewhere that tells it to let WZC manage the wireless card instead.

    If you don't have such a utility installed at this time, perhaps there was one installed earlier, so reinstalling then uninstalling that utility from the wireless card's driver CD/web site will solve your problem?

    Alternately, perhaps you can get around the problem by using that utility instead of WZC to configure your wireless card.
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    Expert Comment

    Follow these instructions, but paste the text I put before into notepad instead of what they describe.

    Add the batch file to your startup folder in Programs.  You can probably drag the file (from wherever you saved it) onto the start menu itself and hold it there.  Then hold it over Programs / All programs, then over menu item "Startup" then let it go.  Just keep dragging/holding mouse down until you make it to the startup folder.  You may also need to hold your mouse over the two little downward arrows that expand your menu to full size before you can see the startup folder.

    Also, you should doublecheck rllynch's suggested action before you do mine.

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