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    Server Service (Xp Professional)

    I am trying to figure out a weird problem with XP Professional. I have a new dell laptop. When I setup services on it, I specifically left the "Server" service alone, and made no changes. Now the "Server" service has disappeared from the services list. When I try to configure users, it throws and error saying the service service is not started. But since its not visible I cannot see what it is set too. I dont know if its because im in a workgroup and not a domain or what not. The only thing I think I changed was I ran windows updates. Has anyone had this happen ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Server Service (Xp Professional)

    How interesting. I just posted something very similar to the Windows 2000 board regarding the same issue. I did manage to get the service to show up in the list by some extreme measures, but it still refuses to start.

    Try this: open a command prompt (Start - Run - CMD - Enter and enter the text NET START LANMANSERVER. See if the service will start there, or if it does not, what error message it spits out. I'm as easger as you to determine what could cause this and XP and 2000 are very similar in these ways. I'm hoping it's that easy for you to get the service started but I'm thinking you have the same issue that I do.
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    Re: Server Service (Xp Professional)

    After using the net stat lanmanserver, I get the message "The service name is invalid" I think it doesnt even know anything about the service now.

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    Re: Server Service (Xp Professional)

    Jinkies, Scooby, that means that it isn't there any longer. Now how do you add that service back in is the question - one which I have not found an answer to.

    Being an XP box, can you do a system restore to roll back to a point where you had the service active? Outside of that I don't know of a good solution.
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    Re: Server Service (Xp Professional)

    I dont think roll back is an option for me. Im about done setting it up for a user. I have a 5 page document that I made, just to make XP more professional for business use. The professional version should be called "Mac User or Newbie" version. I would roll back but ive spent what seems like forever disabling sounds, rolling menues, screen savers, and dozens of little things. Thanks for your help though.

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    Re: Server Service (Xp Professional)

    Okay, I got it figured out!

    In my case I needed to open the network properties, and then click install. Then service then select "File and print sharing" then without rebooting you should now see the server service running under the services applet. Now I am able to change the groups that users are in. As soon as im done changing the groups and things I will remove the file and print sharing again. Thanks everyone for your help

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    Re: Server Service (Xp Professional)

    Ingenious! I hadn't thought to check and see if that particular item was installed - and it wasn't. And to think that I went to all these lengths to get this sucker to show up.

    Lesson learned here for me: this service won't be around unless you install that option, so it appears that file and print sharing conversely depend on the Server service to be running. How nice that this is well documented where the average Joe can find it! <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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