I have a pc running XP Home with SP3 which since a failed installation of IE8 has suffered various problems. I've noticed that some services needed for XP keep shutting down even if I restart them again. This seems to affect the Cryptographic service, Windows Audio, Themes and no doubt quite a few others.
I am unable to install IE8 now because it needs the crypto service running and other things I have tried such as running dial-a-fix seems to make no difference. I have also run SFC without success.
I am going to try a repair installation tomorrow but are there any other things I can try before that?