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Services stopping for no apparent reason

I have Windows 2000 Server SP3. SP4 didn't help, so I took it off and the system works better without it. IIS services and a few others stop for no apparent reason. "iisreset" gets us going again, but minutes later we need to run it again! All involved services are set for auto start.

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Sounds like a Registry corruption or virus infection. I'd attempt an in-place upgrade install to repair the issue, then re-apply the service packs and hot fixes. If that fails, make a backup of the data, and rebuild the server from scratch.

This was first published in April 2004

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