If you receive the subject message when using a Control Panel tool, you probably have a service that it is configured for Automatic startup, that can't initialize.
If there is no indication in the System Event log, you will have to use a trial and error process to identify the service.
Use Regedt32 to navigate to:
Change the Start value on all non-essential services from 2 (Automatic) to 3 (Manual).
Restart your computer.
If the problem disappears, adjust the Start value to 2, one service at a time, until you identify the problem service.
If the problem continues, try the following essential services, one at a time: (see tip 069)
- Computer Browser
- License Logging
- Net Logon
- NT LM Security Support Provider
- Plug and Play
- Protected Storage
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper