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A computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP may stop responding when the "Applying local settings" message appears after you log on. When this problem occurs, you may experience any one of the following symptoms:
  • An error that references Svchost.exe may be logged in the Dr. Watson log file.
  • You may receive the following event message in the event viewer when you use the net use command:

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Service Control Manager
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 7000
    Description: The messenger service failed to start due to the following error: The pipe state is invalid.

  • You cannot use the net use command to map a network drive after you start the computer. However, you can access remote shares through a UNC path.
This problem occurs when the Srvsvc.dll file generates an access violation error. This error stops the Svchost.exe process that loads services such as Workstation and Server. As a result, Winlogon.exe and other processes stop responding.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size    File name   -----------------------------------------------------   08-Jul-2003  00:39  5.1.2600.1243  77,824  Srvsvc.dll         
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Article ID: 823830 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 03:33:23 - Revision: 6.1

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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