The reason for this dependency service or group failed to start error is because of system file corruption.
You may notice this error when trying to connect to the Internet, or if you have weirdly empty set of networking options.
The fix, open a command prompt and try the following:
netsh winsock resetand hit ‘enter' (could also end with
netsh int ip reset log.txtand hit ‘enter' (could also use
This will most likely fix the problem.
Update: for more information on what a winsock is and the conditions for why you would reset it, check out the associated post.
System File Checker and Chkdsk Scan
sfc /scannowand hit ‘enter'
chkdsk /rand hit ‘enter'
If a winsock reset isn't enough, this will most likely fix the problem.
Note: you may have to restart after running the scan and run it a few more times.
Additional Commands to Try
If the above commands didn't work, try this:
netsh winsock reset int log.txtand hit ‘enter'
net localgroup administrators localservice /addand hit ‘enter'
net localgroup administrators networkservice /addand hit ‘enter'
Reboot (shutdown -f -r -t 0)and hit ‘enter'
Update: after a reboot you may need to run msconfig and select a normal startup option and reboot once more. This will help load drivers if they're somehow prevented to run. Another tip would go to your services and make sure explorer.exe has started.
If this is a network issue, you can open devmgmt.msc to see if any network adapters show symbols over their icons. Here's some of the network services that you can verify have started:
- COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
- Computer Browser
- DHCP Client
- DNS Client
- Network Connections
- Network Location Awareness
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- TCP/IP Netbios helper
- Wireless Zero Configuration ( XP wireless configurations only)
- WLAN AutoConfig ( Vista wireless configurations only)
You can find those servers from Control Panel > Admin Tools > Services. If you find that one of these services are off and you can't get them started, you can either restore a system restore point or repair your installation.
This is an interesting error since it comes up in Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (update: and 10 too). Did this work for you? What other dependency service or group failed to start error fixes do you have?