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Security centre i'm running windows xp 2002 sp2 secutity centre says it's unavailable.can you help me to rissolve this.

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Most likely the service is not running. The first part here (1) is to make sure it is running, and if not, to start it. Secondly, the security service is dependent on several other services that have to be running (first) to allow the security service to run. So those will only need to be checked if the first step doesn't solve the problem (2).

Restart your computer to make sure there is nothing loaded in memory or taking action that is not known.

(1) Go to Start > Run -- type in services.msc > OK.
- Scroll down to Security Center and you will likely see that it is not listed as Started under Status, and is either Manual or Disabled under Startup Type. [If it shows Started, skip down to section (2) of these instructions.]
- Double click Security Center - in the Startup type box, select Automatic > Apply ; under Service status, click Start button , OK, Close Services window.

You should now be able to open the Security Center and set the parameters as you desire. (Control Panel > Security Center)

(2) This should only be necessary for supporting services to allow Security Services to run. They should already be running, so these instructions are more brief, and follow the same basic format as the information presented in section (1). In other words, if changes are necessary, they should be done in the same way as previously set forth.
- Make sure that these services are set to Automatic and started:
= Remote Procedure Call (RPC) - be sure to select RPC and NOT RPC Locator - it is OK that RPC Locator is not started and may show as Manual.
= Event Log - not much is really dependent on this to run, but it will be needed if there is a further problem to diagnose.
= Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) - depends on RPC & the event log services to be running for this to run.

Now, again double-check the Security Center listing, make sure it is started and automatic. Close the Services window.

You should be set and ready to go now. Open the Security Center and set things the way you want them to be. If there is a further issue, we will need to explore the contents of the Event Log via the Event Viewer, but hopefully you won't need to do anything aside from what has been listed above for you.

Please post back if you need further assistance, or feel free to select Ask Me from the Expert listing, as I will be able to help you go through any related events if necessary. I have read of many cases where users have uninstalled and reinstalled SP2, often at the instruction of manufacturer techs, but this really should not be necessary unless there is some other overwhelming problem with the machine. Thank you for using and rating FixYa!


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