DCOMCNFG Saves Incorrect Display Name in Services

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After you open an application or service in the DCOM Configuration Utility (Dcomcnfg.exe) whose name is displayed as a CLSID number, the service name in the Services tool in Control Panel may be inadvertently changed to the CLSID.


The APPID name for the service is the CLSID and DCOM saves this APPID name into the services configuration database.


Windows NT Server or Workstation 4.0

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
  • Windows Service Pack Center -or-

  • 152734 how to obtain the latest windows nt 4.0 service pack
For information on obtaining the individual software update, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information on support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:

Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT Server version 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6.


Normally, services use the same name for the APPID as it does for the Services display name and does not use the CLSID. So, when this name change in the services configuration database occurs, it is transparent.


Article ID: 184232 - Last Review: June 11, 2012 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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