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The COM+ Event System service hung on starting.

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April 19, 2003 5:36:56 PM

As of lately, my computer starts up and hangs on startup while it waits for COM+ to timeout. I get the following three Service Control Manager errors:
* The COM+ Event System service hung on starting.
* The Automatic Updates service hung on starting.
* The System Event Notification service depends on the COM+ Event System service which failed to start because of the following error: After starting, the service hung in a start-pending state.

I've already searched google and MS KB, but havnt found anything that helps. Ran SFC /scannow, rebooted and no change. RPC and COM+ services are set to automatic startup.

The computer doesn't shutdown anymore and hangs on "executing d:\winnt\system32\cryptnet.dll" (I have verbose shutdown messages enabled). My guess is that the COM+ problem is tied into this...I did a search on google for "repair cryptnet.dll" and found lots of referances to IE repair, so I ran it. No effect.
Did a little experiment. If I shutdown the computer before a user has logged on, the computer will shutdown just fine (and I never see the "executing d:\winnt\system32\cryptnet.dll" in the status window). Also tried creating a new admin profile and tried shutting down...same problem again.

Anyone have a idea how to fix? I've already tried reinstalling SP3.
April 19, 2003 5:45:39 PM

Try using the emergency console (boot to CD and select "Repair" then launch the console) and setting your services so that COM+ is Manual startup, Intelegent background transfers are disabled and Automatic updates are disabled.

This should get you past the immediate problem.

More information on setting services for optimum performance can be obtained at:
<A HREF="http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/default.html" target="_new">http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/default.html&...;/A>



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April 19, 2003 10:56:19 PM

Yea, tried setting com+ to manual and background transfers/auto updates disabled....com+ still hangs along with the cryptnet.dll problem
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April 20, 2003 12:44:02 AM

Have you checked your system lately for a virus? I noticed while scouting around that there is a mass mailing worm called <A HREF="http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/blitzdun.shtml" target="_new">Blitzdung</A> that will try to overwrite certain files, with cryptnet.dll being one of them.

Is there any way that you can post an Event ID number associated with the COM+ Event System service error from the Administrative Event Viewer Logs?

Toey

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April 20, 2003 2:52:55 AM

I highly doubt I have a virus on my computer because 1) I dont use outlook/express. 2) I havnt downloaded any attachments for months 3) Norton antivirus 2003 is up to date. 4) I dont have the files listed for that virus.

Even if cryptnet.dll was infected, running the IE repair tool would've fixed it.

ID# 7022 -The COM+ Event System service hung on starting.
ID# 7022 -The Automatic Updates service hung on starting.
ID# 7001 -The System Event Notification service depends on the COM+ Event...
April 23, 2003 9:00:32 PM

Well thanks for your attempts Toejam31...I ended posting this question on 6 big forums (dslreports, anandtech, tomshardware, overclockers, hardocp, microsoft.public.win2000.general) and NO ONE responded with any help (besides Toejam31)!!!!

I eventually figured it out by finding an article about Exchange 2000 and COM+ problem which had me do a simple reinstall of COM+(http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;318731) Thanks for all the help :( 
April 24, 2003 12:12:25 AM

Teq replied, too! :smile:

I really appreciate that you posted the link to the MSKB article that allowed you to correct the problem ... this gives us a reference if someone ever has a similar problem, and needs help.

I did do some considerable searching on the problem, but came up empty-handed, and afterwards, considered that Teq's response was the most likely way to enable a repair and replace the corrupted or missing files if there was no virus involved.

Sometimes even the best of us miss a few, and you have my apologies for that. But situations like this illustrate why working with hardware and operating systems is a on-going, constant learning process. I don't think there are many people who can easily define themselves as being experts in the field; there is just too much information to absorb and remember. I carry a personal database on my system of over 2000 possible problems and fixes dealing with seven generations of Windows, and as you can see, it is still woefully inadequate.

But now I have one more, and I won't forget it any time soon. And as you noticed, at least we tried, which says something about the quality of people who frequent these forums, IMHO.

I hope you'll stick around.

Toey

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