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I'm getting the warning that a service or driver failed to start, check the event log, but when I do, I can't find any error or warning events on any of the logs ?

Is there some way to work out what is causing the error?

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What OS?... and are you sure is the system telling you this, and not some program? Check your registry settings (HKLM>Software>Microsoft>windows>Currentbla>run) and (HKCU>...same...) or the startup folder. – l0c0b0x Jan 8 '10 at 22:55
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What OS are you running? What's installed on the server? Many times, a backup program that has been uninstalled will leave a file system driver behind, or a packet capture program will leave a network layer protocol driver behind. Take a look in Device Manager at Hidden Devices and see if anything shows up with an exclamation point. If you see any then that's probably the remnant of some program that's been uninstalled but left it's drivers behind. These should be safe to disable or uninstall.

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It's Windows 2003 R2, 32 bit Thanks for the pointers, I'll check the drivers – SteveC Jan 9 '10 at 15:43
Yeap, it was a driver ... ta – SteveC Jan 9 '10 at 22:26
Glad to help... – joeqwerty Jan 9 '10 at 23:37

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