Earlier this evening, I was creating a local user on a Windows XP computer using Local Users and Groups from the Computer Management MMC snap-in (compmgmt.msc). Strangely, clicking on the Member Of tab produced the following error:
Local Users and Groups
The following error occurred while attempting to read the properties for the user accountname:
The Server service is not started.
I’ve seen this before and this time I thought I should did a little deeper. Running net start server from a command prompt returns:
The service name is invalid
I quickly found a workaround – instead of editing the user properties to make them a member of a group, edit the group properties to add the user as a member. Quite why it works this way around but not the other is a mystery to me!