Workstation Services stopped in Windows 10

Workstation services stopped working and will not restart.

I can not access network drives via file explorer. I can not map a drive or add a network location. I can access the network storage devices via their IP address and/or webpage.

This is the error I get in the event log after trying to start the service:
The Workstation service terminated with the following error:
This security ID may not be assigned as the owner of this object.

I have done a network reset. Used the netsh winsock reset. I also removed Microsoft Client Services and re-installed.

Any help will be appreciated.
W. LloydAsked:
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FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
Does the user have proper permissions on the workstation in question?  Example-  Is the logged in user a member of the local admin group?
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McKnifeCommented:
To repair built-in services like this one, use the inplace upgrade repair procedure: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repair-install-windows-10-place-upgrade.html
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
This is just on a home computer network. There are 2 NAS drives attached to the home network. They were mapped as drives, but just disappeared. What I have researched says this is because workstation services has stopped for some reason.
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McKnifeCommented:
Right. Do the inplace upgrade nevertheless.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Ok. I will give that a try. I was avoiding the reinstall as a last option but I guess I might be at that point.
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McKnifeCommented:
It is no reinstall. Read it closely, everything is kept, data, programs and settings.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Sorry it took so long to get back with everyone. The weather knocked out our internet for over a week! I did try the in place upgrade option, and nothing seemed to change. I now did a clean install on to a Samsung SSD, and after getting everything setup things seemed fine for a couple of days. Now the issue has returned. I have only installed Trend Micro since the re-install. Everything else seems to be working fine, but workstation services will still not start. Could this possibly be due to any type of hardware failure or something starting to go out? I am kind of confused on why it worked after the re-install for a couple days and then stopped.
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McKnifeCommented:
Remove trend micro for a test.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
I removed trend micro, and restarted. Still not working right. What I did notice though is right after a restart, the NAS drives will show up like they used to, but if I go to access them they disappear. This is with and without trend micro installed.
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McKnifeCommented:
Could you retry with some other OS, a clean win7 or win8.1?
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
I have win7 and win 8.1 running in VMWare that I use for school. Should I install one of them instead of Windows 10?
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McKnifeCommented:
No, just take these and test if the connection is stable from those.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Ok, I tried using win7 and win8.1 in VMware. No luck.
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McKnifeCommented:
Did you exchange the Firmware if the NAS? Keep it up to date and retry.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Both say they are current. One is an older NAS but the western digital is a new model. I can access them from their webpages but still not from the drive directory in windows.
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McKnifeCommented:
You know what, let's start over.
You have a clean system - just windows and windows updates installed, nothing else. The access is working and then suddenly breaks? If so, with what error message?
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
The only things I have put back on it is Trend Micro and VMware because I use this computer for class. I tried connecting the NAS devices with the clean install before putting either of those on. Initially they showed up in file explorer and I was able to map them as a network drive. A few hours later I come in and they are still listed under network connections with a red X and no longer appear as a drive.Both NAS drives will show up fine on my laptop with Windows 10. I am starting to think I have some sort of hardware failure starting that might be causing workstation services to stop and not restart? ( just a guess)
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McKnifeCommented:
It is very, very common that AV softwares cause instabilities and funny effects. For any diagnosis you do, leave it _out_. Uninstall it.
Will not be hardware if you indeed reproduced it on different machines.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
On the laptop everything works fine. It is only the desktop that is having the issues. I have uninstalled trend micro several times but it has not helped. Trend micro had not even been re-installed yet when the workstation services stopped again.
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McKnifeCommented:
Sorry, I misunderstood - I thought, you tested with win7 and win8.1 on VMware and your comment "no luck" should have meant "the error was reproducible on those as well" - so it was not reproducible? (just to be clear).
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Yes. Sorry I thought you referring to the laptop. The desktop has VMware and win7 and win8.1 wouldn't show the NAS drives either. However on the laptop which has windows 10, the NAS drives show up just fine. So I am basically only having trouble with the desktop. That's what makes me wonder if it could be a hardware issue although the desktop seems fine in every other way.
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McKnifeCommented:
This will be no hardware issue, surely not.
To bring this to an end: if you cannot find an error and eliminating 3rd-party-products like antivirus software did not help, you can only try to repair windows using the inplace upgrade process described here: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repair-install-windows-10-place-upgrade.html

If even that does not help, you need to reinstall. As simple as that.

So please try the inplace upgrade and if that does not help, we reached a conclusion, even if it hurts a little.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
I tried the in place upgrade as you stated before. It did not work, so I went and bought a new Samsung SSD and installed Windows 10 fresh from the CD. That's what I have on the desktop now.
Someone in class today is giving me a NIC to put in it and disable the onboard Ethernet. He said it would be odd for this to be causing the problem but not impossible. I will let you know. Thanks for all of your help too. I appreciate it.
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Well as crazy as it sounds, I installed the NIC and so far so good. NAS drives are showing up as mapped drives since the new network card was installed. I will give it a few days and then try switching back to the built in port to see if the issue returns. I appreciate everyone's help especially McKnife!
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W. LloydAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help on this. Every since I put in a new NIC everything works fine. If I go back to the onboard NIC then the workstation services stop on reboot.
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