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workstation service missing

workstation service missing

workstation service missing


I have a windows XP pro machine (sp1a) that is missing the workstation service.  I am unable to view shares or create shares with other computers.  I go to services in the control panel and I look through the list and the workstation service is no where to be found.  Is there any way to recreate this?  I have tried reinstalling the service pack but the workstation service is still missing.  Has anyone else run into something like this?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.



RE: workstation service missing

The workstation service is the Client for Microsoft networks. Try installing it from the Local Area Network connection properties.


RE: workstation service missing


Thanks for the tip, it solved my problem.  For some reason the client for microsoft networks wasn't installed.  Really weird.  This machine was on a domain when I configured it and then it was sent off to a remote office.  Not sure how it ended up uninstalled.

Thanks again.

RE: workstation service missing


I can see reasons for the Server service not to be installed, but not the Workstation service.

A well deserved star for John.

RE: workstation service missing

bcastner, I have a xp computer that the server service is not in the list of services. Tried reinstalling the microsoft client, no luck. Any suggestions.

RE: workstation service missing

Start, Run, sc queryex rasman

What does it say?

RE: workstation service missing

The Server service is "File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks" network component accessed from that same network properties dialogue box.


RE: workstation service missing

when I type sc queryex rasman it responses with
        TYPE              : 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS
        STATE             : 4 RUNNING      
       WIN32_EXIT_CODE    : 0  <0x0>
       SERVICE_EXIT_CODE  : 0  <0x0>
       CHECKPOINT         : 0x0
       WAIT_HINT          : 0x0
       PID                : 664
       FLAGS              :

RE: workstation service missing

Now do an sc queryex server

RE: workstation service missing

typing sc queryex server I receive

[sc] enumquery servicesstatus: open service failed 1060:
The specified service does not exist as an installed service

RE: workstation service missing

Start, Run, C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Now look in Administrative Tools, Event Viewer, to see if any error messages appear for the lanmanserver service.

RE: workstation service missing

I found some error messages the source was, service control
manager, the error was "The computer browsers service depends on the following non existent service LanmanServer"

RE: workstation service missing


Export the registry key


from a machine where the server service is running as it should, to a registry file with the name Lanmansvr.reg

Then, on a computer with no server service installed, run the following two command lines from e.g. a batch file (note that the rundll32 line will wrap below, it should be one single line).

%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection Install.ndi132 %SystemRoot%\Inf\netserv.inf

regedit.exe /s "<some path>\Lanmansvr.reg"

Source: Torgeir, MVP

RE: workstation service missing

bcastner, Hi I typed the 2 comands in a batch file. I don't know how it affected anything rebooted and I also imported the registry key. Now I have the Server Service in the list of services but when I click on start to run the service it gives me these errors.

Configuration Manager: The specidied device instance handle does not correspond to a present device.

Could not start the server service on local computer
Error 2: The system cannot find the field specifed.

My thought do I now need to import reg key for the computer browser?

RE: workstation service missing

1. Export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\lanmanserver
2. right-click the exported .reg file, and select Edit
3. Click Edit, Replace
Find What:  ControlSet003
Replace With: CurrentControlSet

Replace any possible instances of ControlSet003.  Save the file as lanman.reg

4. Then do:  Start, Run, regedit /s lanman.reg


5. Edit your batch file (from the post above) so that it reads only:
%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection Install.ndi132


6. Run the batch file.

7. Reboot.  Examine your Network connection settings to make sure that File and

Printer sharing, and Client for Microsoft networking are both checked.

8. Check the status of the server service now in Admin Tools, Services.

RE: workstation service missing

bcastner, It works thank you so much for all your help.

RE: workstation service missing

You are very welcome.

Bill Castner

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