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Error "The Plug and Play Service Is Not Available"

This article was previously published under Q163013
SYMPTOMS
Attempts to start Control Panel Devices may result in the following error:
Configuration Manager: The Plug and Play service is not available.
CAUSE
This error occurs if the Plug and Play service in Control Panel Servicesis set to Manual Startup.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, do the following:
  1. Open Control Panel Services.
  2. Select the Plug and Play service and click Start.
To prevent the error from occurring in the future, do the following:
  1. Open Control Panel Services.
  2. Select the Plug and Play service and click Startup.
  3. Click to select the Automatic option in the Startup Type section.
MORE INFORMATION
Additional symptoms you may see when the Plug and Play service is notstarted include missing the appropriate driver descriptions under the SCSIAdapters Control Panel tool and the following error message when you accessthe Drivers tab in the SCSI Adapters tool:
Error occurred getting driver list from inf file. Err=0
P&P applet pp pnp
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Article ID: 163013 - Last Review: 11/01/2006 04:40:48 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • kberrmsg kbnetwork kbprb KB163013
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