Folks have a Dell Vostro 1510 running XP Pro SP3, IE8. OS boots and allows user to login and then a number of application errors appear e.g. "Notification dll has not been registered program will not work correctly", Dell support agent unable to launch and other errors relating to RPC service. When I check services (services.msc) the extended tab does not display any services at all. Under standard tab there are only 15 services running. Any attempt to start a service results in "Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start" or "Error 2: file could not be found". There is also odd behaviour in that Properties dialogue screens don't appear at all, I can see event log entries but cannot display them. I have no access to Internet as Network folders is empty and while I can use Dell Wireless to see a wireless AP it cannot connect as DHCP service won't start. Using USB tried to reinstall SP3 but get a crytographic service error. I have searched this forum and looked at some of the solutions and tried some of the suggested approaches but to no avail. With no network connectivity I have to try and download stuff to another PC and transfer by USB. Some of the stuff won't run because of services not running. Have removed hard disk and checked for viruses etc.
Usual stuff applies in that I don't have original XP CD nor can I access the folder of the other user account on the PC (C:\Documents And Settings) to copy data. I get access denied and of course User Accounts under Control Panel does not display at all.
Your mission should you choose to accept it... any suggestions before I accept the inevitable and re-burn the disk with an OS.