I had to uninstall and reinstall my NIC card to clear up an issue with remote desktop connection. My system worked fine otherwise before the reinstall.
Now my connection into SQL Server (actually SSMS) is terribly slow. I checked the event log and I get the error "DCOM was unable to communicate with the computer APPL2900 using any of the configured protocols."
I have searched the web, trying many things to correct this problem, but so far nothing has worked. It appears things like the rpc keys in the registry are ok.
Not sure if it is related, but SMTP throws an error that it gets hung up while starting. I think this started after the NIC reinstall too.
I do not want to do a repair of XP (I have heard horror stories about that), so I'll try any other solution!