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"chuckm" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I have a Sony VAIO Laptop with Windows Vista Business (No Service
> There are two separate (related?) problems:
> 1. I cannot access Network And Sharing Center. I tried the other fix
> out there (add local service to admin group) and no luck. A little
> digging and found that when I kill svchost.exe (controlling DCOM Server
> Process and Plug and Play) I am able to access the Network and Sharing
> Center. I looked at the sub-processes in that svchost through
> ProcessExplorer and killed each on individually (except for the Intel
> processes) and no luck. I have to kill the whole svchost.
> 2. Second problem is with Windows Installer. I tried unregistering it,
> copying msiexec.exe from the dvd and re-registering it. I set the
> Windows Installer Service to start automatically and was able to get it
> to work long enough to install the Windows Installer Clean Up Utility to
> remove any funky programs (google updater was installed twice.) But the
> Installer is again not working. It is inconsistent at best.
> No events in Event Viewer. I would rather not have to wipe out the PC.
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