A. A. Each service belongs to a Service Group, and it is possible to modify the order that the groups start:

  1. Start the Regitry Editor (regedt32.exe, not regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ServiceGroupOrder
  3. Double click on List in the right hand pane
  4. You can then move the groups around in the list order
  5. Click OK
  6. Close the registry editor

See Knowledge Base Article Q102987 at http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q102/9/87.asp for more information