Busted Wireless Network Adapter, Win XP, and ipconfig

This post is purely for those searching for the answer to this problem on Google. I have the answer. At least it fixed my problem. If you get this error when you run ipconfig:

Windows IP Configuration

An internal error occurred: A device attached to the system is not functioning.

Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services for further help.

Additional information: Unknown media status code.

Then go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services and ensure the following services are running and set to Automatic startup:
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Routing and Remote Access

I had disabled these in tweaking my little laptop's performance, and that somehow screws with ipconfig. My network adapters worked all along, I just couldn't use ipconfig.

So there.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this fix. It has been driving me nuts and I could not find a viable answer on the web. It turns out my Routing and Remote Access service was disabled. Enabling it immediately fixed the problem so thank you again!

  2. Thanks a lot.

    It really worked. I was searching whole net but I could not find this simple solution any where. Just by starting these two services my problem got solved.


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