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Two WebClient services. Neither will start!

DeannaF829 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I can't get on the internet.  When I look at Services in Administrative Tools, I suddenly have two WebClient services.  If I try to change the status of either one, I get "The name is already in use as a service name or a service display name."  One of them is sometimes has a status of Stopping, but never does.  The other one never has a status.  I can't disable them or start/stop them.
I am using XP SP3.
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Top Expert 2008

can you ping any addressess such as www.google.co.uk?

The WebClient service is not required for internet access. It is only required to manage access to WebDAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning) shares; on a standalone PC it may be safely deactivated or set to manual.

How do you connect to the internet: LAN, WLAN, Router, DSL-Modem, Satellite etc?


I connect using WLAN.  Everything I try and start says it can't start because it depends on WebClient being started.
Top Expert 2008

shoudlnt be an issue for web services

if you go to dos prompt type ping www.google.co.uk

do you get a response?


Every service that won't start says it is because it is dependent on WebClient.  WebClient is dependent on WebDAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning.
If I try to start Webclient, I get Error 1083: The executible program that this service is configured to run in does not implement the service.

If I try to disable it, I get: "The name is already in use as either a service name or a service display name." (because I have two WebClients)

BITS is running, RPC is running, Network Connections is running...
I fixed it myself.  I basically had to rebuild the services in the registry for WebClient, TCP/IP and TAPI.  I'm up and running now

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Hi Youthworks,
I ended up using this website alot to rebuild things:  http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/registry.htm

Just make sure you backup your data before playing with the registry.
I couldn't find find the webclient section of the site. Can you tell me what you did exactly?


I copied another XP computer's WebClient registry info. See attachment.
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