In the Start Search box type services.msc and press the Enter key. Make sure
all the services that say Automatic are started. Once they are all running
reboot the computer. You may have to do this a couple of times. I don't know
if this will work in Vista but I saw an XP computer with the exact same
symptom today. This procedure fixed it. Something had interrupted the
Windows Update process and many automatic services weren't starting on boot.
As soon as I started all the services manually Windows Update finished
installing something and a couple of reboots later all was good.
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User http://www.vistahelp.ca
"Jacob" <Jacob@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> When I try to start windows fire wall i get a pop up telling me the
> isn't running, and I tell the pop-up to start the service.
> It then says that the service has failed to start.
> It gives me the service-specific error code 5. (0x5)
> Any ideas on how to fix this?
> Any way to reinstall the windows firewall service?