Q: Network Location Awareness service won't start

I am unable to connect to any networks as my computer says a service has not started, I see that my "network location awareness" service will not start. When I try start it it gives me a service-specific error code -1073741502. I am running windows vista 32 bit. This service was working previously, but suddenly it was not working. I have tried restarting, but to no avail. This has been a problem for almost 2 months. Please help



Hi Marcbcza,


You can try the following steps and see if it helps.

Method 1: Let’s uninstall the Network Adapter from device manager and reinstall it.

a. Click Start and type “devmgmt.msc” (without quotes) and press Enter.

b. Expand Network Adapters and Right click on the adapter select Uninstall.

c. Restart the computer. Windows should install the drivers required.

You can refer to the dapter manufacturer website and install the latest available drivers.


Method 2: Try resetting TCP\IP and check if the issue persists.

You can refer to the following article to reser TCP\IP


Method 3: Reset Winsock

a. Click Start and type cmd in the start search box.

b. From the programs list right click on cmd and select Run as Administrator.

c. Type netsh winsock reset in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

d. Do the same process for refreshing the TCP/IP just replace the typed command with

netsh interface ipv4 reset  press Enter

netsh interface ipv6 reset   press Enter

ipconfig /flushdns   press Enter

e. Restart your Computer.


Hope this information is helpful.

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