Data sharing over the network

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When i use a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer to share files with another user over a network, you receive the following error message:

Error: Server service not started
Additionally, when i try to start the Server service, the service does not start. Instead, i receive the following error messages
Error 126: The specified module cannot be found
Could not start the Server service on local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.
Also, the Event log has the following entry:
Type: Error
Source: Service Control Manager
Error: Event ID: 7023
Description: The Server service terminated with the following error: The system cannot find the file specified.
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Answered By 0 points N/A #82638

Data sharing over the network



You are receiving the error message because the Srvsvc.dllfile on the computer is missing or corrupted. You will be able to resolve the issue by replacing the missing/corrupted file in the system files. If you have Windows XP CD, you will be able to copy the file from the CD to the hard drive. Please follow the below steps to do so:

1. To expand the missing/corrupted file, insert the Windows XP installation disc in the CD/DVD drive.

2. Press the “Start” button and select “Run”.

3. Type “Cmd” (without quotes) in the Run command window and click OK.

4. In the Command Prompt, type: expand (location of the file on the installation CD) (location on the folder in which the file needs to be saved)

For eg: expand (CD drive name):i386srvsvc.dl_ C:system32srvsvc.dll, assuming C is the drive where Windows is installed.

5. Press Enter.

6. Click OK when the command is successfully completed.

7. Type Exit in the command prompt to exit the command window.

8. And Restart the computer to check whether the issue is resolved.

Hope this  helps.


Answered By 0 points N/A #82640

Data sharing over the network


Hi Haseeb,

The errors above indicate that the srvsvc.dll file is missing (Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.). The Srvsvc.dll module, or server service library, is implemented as a file system driver and is the one responsible for communicating with other file-system drivers.

In your case, let’s say a remote computer sends a request asking to read a file from your computer. This request is received by your srvsvc.dll module which then passes the request to your local file-system driver. Your file system driver taps the lower level network drivers on your computer to access the requested file.


To resolve this problem, you need to save a new copy of the srvsvc.dll file on this folder:

C: Windows System32

You can save the file locally by doing the following:

1. Insert the Windows XP disk.

2. Open a command prompt by clicking Start, then click Run and then type cmd in the box that opens. Click OK.

3. Run the following command by typing it at the command prompt:

Expand E:i386srvsvc.dl_ C:system32srvsvc.dll
Press ENTER.

1.Then run the following command to extract the srv.sys file to the drivers folder:
expand E:i386srv.sy_ C:system32driverssrv.sys
press ENTER.

Please note that the syntax above works if your CD drive is E, and your Windows system files are located in C:Windows.

To check, just click Start, click My Computer. Check the letter of your CD Drive.

Similarly, check for your system files by clicking Start, click My Computer, click the Local Disk icon, click the WINDOWS folder, then look if you have a folder named “system32”. 

Warning: Do not touch the contents of this file! Do not delete this folder!

  1. Type exit on the command prompt to close all sessions, then press ENTER.
  2.  Restart Windows.

This is an expanded, a bit more detailed solution of Jannet's.

I still hope that this helps and explains more though.



Answered By 200 points N/A #82642

Data sharing over the network


Please find the following for your reference.

Option A
Start the Server service. Follow the below steps.
1. Choose Start and then choose Run, in Open box type following words of ‘services.msc’, then choose OK.
2. Choose Server in the list of Services.
3. Click Start from the menu Services
Option B
What if the list of Server Service could not be found, File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks shall be installed. 
1. Choose Start and then choose Run
2. In the Open box, type ‘ncpa.cpl’ and choose OK.
3. Local Area Connection is right clicked and choose Properties.
4. Choose the tab of General. Choose Install.
5. Choose a Service and choose Add.
6. Choose File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks in list of Network Service. Then OK and Close.
Option C
In Option B is not available, the user shall be added manually to the relevant group. 
1. Choose Start and Run.
2. In Open box, type ‘compmgmt.msc’ and OK.
3. Expand Computer Management (Local), System Tools, Local Users and Groups respectively. Choose Groups.
4. Right-clicked the appropriate group in the right-pane and choose Add to Group.
5. Choose Add and type in the user account that shall be added. Click OK twice.

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