You're correct, if lanmanworkstation service status doesn't change, the logs are useful.
Try some system repair techniques as "sfc /scannow"
scannow did not find any problems. I will investigate further repairs to get lanmanworkstation running and post back what I find. Thanks!
I have the same issue and I found a solution. Not sure if this will help but I thought I'd post as this thread is coming high up in Google searches.
My fix was changing a registry key.
1. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control in the Windows Registry Editor and create or modify a ServicesPipeTimeout DWORD32 decimal value to at least 300000 (5 minutes).
2. Restart the system for the changes to take effect.
Note this was done after the above steps so I'm not sure if all of the lanman service and SMB issues affected me.
To anyone here from a Google search just trying to get Standalone converter to work - I found downloading version 6.0.0 avoids all of the issues above. There's a dropdown on the download page that lets you select the version.
I'm arrived here from a Google search. --- wilsontoms --- speaks the truth. Thank you, wilsontoms for taking the time to post your message.
Installing 6.0.0 WORKED for me.
(machine was a working Old Compaq running Vista 32 Bit.)
The file generated was 33GB (VMConverter grabbed the restore drive as well)
I spent about 20 hours fooling with this.
Found this thread and had it fixed in an hour (shorter, if I had read the entire thread first.)
Can the moderator "sticky" wilsontoms post to the top?
Thank you, everyone.