Month: January 2011

How do I delete an orphaned share?

An orphaned share is one that the directory it shares has been deleted. If you delete a directory in Explorer that is shared any shares will automatically removed. If you delete by a different method, such as from the command prompt then the share will be left and it may result in messages in the System Event Log of the form:

You can manually update the registry to remove these “rogue” shares.

1. Start the registry editor (regedt32.exe)
2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Shares
3. There is an entry for each share
4. Click here to view image
5. Select the entry for the share you wish to delete and select Delete from the Edit menu.
6. Click Yes to the confirmation
7. If the share had special security set it will also have an entry under the Security sub-key so move to Security (under Shares), select the share value name and delete.

The simplest way to delete a share (orphaned or not) in Windows 2k3 is to manage the computer (right click “My Computer” and then connect to another if necessary), choose Shared Folders…Shares, then right click the share and choose “Stop Sharing”.

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Event ID: 7036 – The computer Browser services started and stopped.

Event ID: 7036 – The computer Browser services started and stopped.

The computer Browser services started and stopped. some services stop automatically if they have no work to do . For example the perfomance logs and alert service

To resolve this problem so that the Computer Browser service starts, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type firewall.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Click the Exceptions tab.
3. Click to select the File and Printer Sharing check box, and then click OK.

The Computer Browser service automatically starts after you unblock the ports that are used for file and printer sharing.

“Service Problem – service on local computer started and then stopped”

Reason: log files are probably full.


1. Right click on “My Computer”
2. Choose Manage
3. Right click on Application log
4. Choose Properties
5. Change maximum log size to bigger value
6. Check “Overwrite events when needed”

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