Component Services (COM+) re-installation or repair: using Easy Transfer to setup a new pc breaks COM+????
Recently I have noticed a third party application we are using in our company has not been working properly on certain computers. I contacted the vendor for support, and they said I should check if My Computer under Control Panel-->Administrative Tools-->Component Services--> Computers has a red line through it. On all the computers where the app is not working, this line appears indicating that there is a problem with Component Services.
Doing some further research on the internet, I have found several posts that indicate that if a computer was setup using Easy Transfer, that this leads to a "broken" Component Services.
And indeed---every one of the computers with a broken Component Services was one that had been setup for a new user by using Easy Transfer. The issue with Component Services does not appear on computers that were a "clean" install.
So--I know my third-party app is not working properly because of a problem in COM+. There is info to indicate that using Easy Transfer somehow "breaks" Component Services---but no one seems to know how it does this. There is also no clear advice or info on how to fix it properly. Just some general advice to "reinstall Windows".
Can anyone advise if it is possible to re-install or fix COM+ Component Services WITHOUT having to do a complete reinstall of Windows? I have setup quite a few pcs in my company using the Easy Transfer. Is a complete OS reinstall the only way to fix this?
Windows Easy Transfer helps you transfer your files, email, pictures and settings when moving to a new PC; Component Services are system components that cannot be transferred by means of Windows Easy Transfer.
You could try using the Windows 7 Recovery feature to perform a sort of "in place re-installation" of Windows 7 that could repair COM+: go to Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Recovery and click the "Advanced recovery methods" link and click the "Reinstall Windows" option and insert the Windows 7 installation disc.
Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
Yes, agree with Luigi.
Furthermore, if you try to migrate the systems in your enterprise environment, I suggest using the User State Migration Tool 4.0.
More information: User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide
You may try to use the installation disk to test if it is able to repair the Component Services.
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I appreciate your reply. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite the one I was hoping for. Having to reinstall Windows and all files and apps to fix this is a bummer. Too bad a person cannot reinstall just Windows like in the XP days---but of course that's another story.
I am surprised that Easy Transfer is flawed in the way it is, because many users like myself innocently use it to migrate to new computers. Little realizing that it breaks a critical component of Windows---and in such a way that the damage is not immediately apparent.
Nevertheless I do thank you for your reply.