Turning on network discovery and file sharing error the specified service does not exist as an installed service

Original title : Trouble with turning on network discovery and file sharing.  Windows Vista

 

I am having trouble turning on my file sharing and network discovery on my Vista machine with SP2. This worked 2 days ago, but today when I tried to connect my WD media player on my TV, it didn't find my computer. I looked and noticed that these 2 things were "off". I tried to turn them on and I got the error message "The specified service does not exist as an installed service". I have tried a system restore but it appears that they are either "deleted or corrupt" so no changes were made (tried 4 of them). Part of other advise, I was to check to see if some services were on. I did this, however one of the services "computer browser" would not start it gave me a "the specified service does not exist as an installed service.  Any help would be appreciated.

Hi,

I would suggest you to follow the steps mentioned below:

Method 1:

Follow the steps in the link to configure Sharing and Discovery in Windows Vista:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753176(WS.10).aspx

Method 2:

Follow the steps in the following link:

“Troubleshoot network connection problems”

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Troubleshoot-network-connection-problems

Method 3:

If the above step temporarily disable antivirus software (and any other security software) and firewall on the computer as a test and check if that fixes the issue follow the link below:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Disable-antivirus-software

If disabling the antivirus software fixes the issue, you may have to configure the settings of the antivirus program accordingly.

Note: Make sure you enable the antivirus software, other security programs, and firewall.

Warning: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn't disable your antivirus software. If you have to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you're connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.

Method 4:

If the above step fails follow the steps in the link below:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Troubleshoot-problems-finding-wireless-networks

Also follow the steps in the link below:

“Wired and wireless network connection problems in Windows”

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/wired-and-wireless-network-connection-problems-in-windows

“Add a device or computer to a network”

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Add-a-device-or-computer-to-a-network

“View and connect to available wireless networks”

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/View-and-connect-to-available-wireless-networks

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None of these address the issue that I am having.  In step one, I have tried to turn on network discovery, but it gives me an error "The specified service does not exist as an installed service". (which is the problem I stated initially)
Step 2 (which I did anyway just to make sure) addresses network connection issues.  I am not having network connection issues, I am able to get to the internet, see other computers from the troubled PC.  My problem is seeing the troubled PC from other machines. 
Step 3 I have disabled virus and firewall when attempting to no avail.
Step 4 Windows doesn't find problems with my network connection.  As a secondary note, I am not connecting this computer via wireless.

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It appears that the question has been misunderstood, as all of the suggested answers tell you how to turn it on!  You clearly stated that  the error message was that the service itself was not installed, and therefore, you can turn the faucet on all you want, but you will get no water if the pipe is not connected, metaphorically speaking. 

 

All of my  sharing and Discovery settings can not be turned on either.  They are all there, and I can turn all them 'ON', but they all give the same THE SERVICE IS NOT INSTALLED error.   

SFC /SCANNOW found problem(s) in WIndow Resource Protection files somewhere but could fix only 'some of them'. So there you go. I'm off to look at the Administrator logs, and then...

 

I don't have a feeling of high confidence in this MS help system in any event.

 

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