no devices in device manager

  Dazza40 19:41 18 Oct 2006

any help would be welcome. My desktop shows no devises in device manager! switched on today and whilst xp loaded ok unable to use Internet or anything as all devices lost. any ideas or is this a hardware issue that needs refering to a repairer?

  Dazza40 19:42 18 Oct 2006

forgot to mention. System restore lost all previous saved points so unable to use this function.

  DieSse 19:52 18 Oct 2006

Did you just install SP2 - if so look here click here;en-us;893249

  DieSse 19:53 18 Oct 2006

Sorry - click here

  DieSse 19:55 18 Oct 2006

Same fix also if they vanish after certain updates to SP2

  DieSse 19:58 18 Oct 2006

Also see this advice

A situation, which seems to be related to the Windows XP Plug and Play service, can sometimes occur in which the Device Manager is completely devoid of information on the devices.

To check if the service is running, enter msconfig in the Start => Run box. Open the Services tab in the System Configuration utility's window. If the Plug and Play service isn't listed, uncheck the option in the box beside Hide All Microsoft Services.

The option for the Plug and Play service should be enabled and should be shown to be running. If it isn't running, right-click the My Computer entry on the Windows Start menu and choose Manage. On the Computer Management window, expand the entry for Services And Applications and click Services. Make the Standard tab display its contents and locate the entry for Plug and Play. Double-click this entry and set the Startup type to Manual. Next, click the Start button under the Service type in the same window. The service should start, and the window can be closed. Should any warnings appear during this process, just click OK. The Device Manager should now be displaying all of its information.

  Dazza40 20:21 18 Oct 2006

thanks, just used system recovery and all back now. Not sure if linked to abaove as SP2 was already installed and no recent updates are far as i know especially when last used.

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