"Failed to connect to a Windows service"

By narly321
Aug 1, 2010
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  1. I recently reformatted my laptop. After installing the recommended windows updates, I restarted my computer and a notification popped up in the system tray stating:

    Everything still seems to be working okay. I still have wireless access to the net and nothing major seems to be disrupted, yet I still get this notice each time that I start windows. I am not very computer savvy, so if you have any help to offer please break it down to layman's terms for me.

    Here is some more info about my laptop that might help troubleshoot:
    Inspiron 1420 Dell laptop
    Windows Vista
    Ad-aware installed
    AVG free version of ant-virus

    Everything seemed to be working fine before I installed the windows updates.

  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    1) Click Start->Run, enter services.msc. Scroll to that system service and make sure its Status=Started

    2) If its status= Started see here. Someone else running Vista and AVG with the same problem (due to AVG)
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,122   +982

    Sys Event Notification =>deps(COM+ Event System)=>deps(RPC)

    all three should be set to AUTOSTART

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