You cannot copy files due to “the specfied network name is no longer available”

I was setting up a new laptop today.  The wireless network was set up and I started copying files from my desktop.  The copy failed due to the error “the specfied network name is no longer available.

I checked the network connections and was able to copy files to another laptop successfully.  I searched the internet for a solution but none were satisfactory until I came across JohnWill’s post at http://forums.techguy.org/networking/768807-cannot-copy-___-specfied-network.html.

Please ensure that the following services are Started on the laptop:

  • COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
  • Computer Browser
  • DHCP Client
  • DNS Client
  • Network Connections
  • Network Location Awareness
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Server
  • TCP/IP Netbios helper
  • Windows Zero Configuration (wireless configurations)
  • Workstation

Because I was not managing the wireless network connections via the Wireless Zero Configuration service, the COM+ Event System was not started and that prevented me from copying the files from the desktop to the laptop.  I started the COM+ Event System service, rebooted the machine and I was able to copy the files with no problem.