A coworker had a very sick computer.
I ran msconfigm turned on diagnostic mode, hid microsoft services, then turned off all other services.
Rebooted several times and tried various things that did not work.
I then booted into save mode (without networking) and on Windows installer service.
I used control panel to uninstall antivirus, windows defender and about 20 applications google earth, quick time, itunes etc etc.
I used msconfig to return mode to normal boot, and restarted.
Things go WAY faster, but something is still seriously wrong.
I can't get onto the internet in normal boot or in safe mode with networking. Msconfig in both safe mode and normal mode show only 9 services. In fact there is very little difference between the two modes.
In BOTH modes, Msconfig only shows 9 services. And only microsoft services show, all others a totally missing. computer management shows bunches of services disabled.
ipconfig /renew says the rpc server is unavailable but that is one of the 9 services that IS started. << Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator is disabled and I can't enable it, but that service is not running on any of our working computers, so I don't think that is the issue.
And I cannot view any service dependancies. The all seem to say they have not depencancies associated with them.
I have tried rebuilding the WMI service by following instructions in http://windowsxp.mvps.org/repairwmi.htm
. (I skipped the step calling for comprehensive rebuild because it seemed a little drastic. But, I might give that a try if nobody has a better idea
Rebuilding WMI helped some and now I have 15 services in msconfig, but msc services still shows bunches of important services disabled. But I can now look at many of their dependancies. Using that I was able to get RPC locator started, so now both RPC servers are running. But ipconfig still says RPC SERVER is unavailable.
Does anybody have comprehensive list of the services that windows home xp needs to have enabled? I could then enable each one manually.
I also tried these command lines which often work miracles, but still ipconfig says rpc is unavailable.
netsh int ip reset reset.log
netsh winsock reset catalog
SFC /scannow cannot be run because I do not have a CD for here computer and there is not c:\i386 folder. Maybe the %windir%\Servicepacks\i386
I am running out of ideas.