Windows XP automatic services not starting

I have a laptop running Windows XP Home and the majority of the services that are set to automatic( DHCP CLient, MSIServer etc... ) do not start and I do not get an error message.  The Manf. states this must be a registry corruption problem.    My temp workaround is a batch file that has about 20 services listed with a net start.

Does anyone know what may be the cause and a permanent fix outside of blowing away the OS and reloading?
btn11000Asked:
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Lukasz ChmielewskiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
does not really guarantee the apps working after repair,
I would backup the data, reinstall the system
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nappy_dCommented:
You do not not have to delete and install.  XP offers you an option called install and repair.  This will preserve your applications and data but reinstall your OS.  The only thing you would have to do is reinstall your service packs.  I would suggest you download the service packs to your computer ahead of time.

If you do believe you are having registry corruption, this may be the right time to repair and install before it gets worse and then you your system is unbootable.
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btn11000Author Commented:
Thanks.  I have a external CD on order.  My small netbook does not have one.  Once I get that, I can try the repair install.
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cantorisCommented:
Simple things to try:
1. Run a chkdsk - always worth a go!
    chkdsk c: /F/V
    Reboot when prompted.
2. SFC /scannow
    That may prompt for a CD so if you don't have one and it asks, you'll have to cancel it.
3. Open Event Viewer - System log and see what the first error after boot is.  Maybe one thing is at fault and the others fail in turn due to dependencies.
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torimarCommented:
If you do not want to risk a repair install, you could try to simply replace only the "system" part of your registry with the stored backup that was created immediately after the original installation. This would leave all your software settings plus the rest of the present installation intact.

Check your \windows folder for a \repair subfolder. Does it exist, and does it contain files called "sam", "security", "software", "system"? If so, then you will be able to try this method.

First, however, I'd like you to download, install and run EruNT:
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt
This will create a complete backup of your current registry. Please accept the default option to store this backup in a folder underneath your \windows directory.

Then take your XP installation CD and use it to boot into Recovery Console:
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/wxprcons.html

On the prompt of the Recovery Console, type:
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system copy c:\windows\system32\config\system.bkp
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
exit

Now check whether those services will stay activated when set to automatic start.
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torimarCommented:
Sorry, ignore the second "copy" in the first console command above. It must read:
"copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\system32\config\system"

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torimarCommented:
Urghh ... Still wrong. This time I forgot the file extension:

"copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\system32\config\system.bkp"
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orangutangCommented:
Yeah, check your event viewer.
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btn11000Author Commented:
Just a note - The Event Viewer is one of the many services that does not start so it does not provide any use in troubleshooting this problem.
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nappy_dCommented:
install and repair works 99% on the time, in my experience.  
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jcimarronCommented:
btn11000--Have you looked in Event Viewer? (Start|Administrative Tools) The Event Log service cannot be stopped under normal circumstances.
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orangutangCommented:
Hmm, yeah if you can't open your event viewer, it's probably something to do with your RPC service. Maybe try:
https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/ee-stuff/3223-RPCFix.zip
There was a recent topic that seemed like there was something wrong with the RPC service but I guess it wasn't and it was never solved and I think the person ended up reformatting. I hope that this isn't the case.
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btn11000Author Commented:
This was my original thought of how I would have to fix it and it turned out to be the only suggestion that worked.
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