Troubleshoot: Windows Services will not start

For the Windows operating system to run smoothly, it is imperative Windows Services start when they are required to. But it may happen  that, for some reason, you may find that your important Windows Services do not start. If you are facing this issue of Windows Services not starting automatically on your Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista systems, then here are a few points you may want to consider while troubleshooting the issue.

Windows Services are applications that typically start when the computer is booted and run quietly in the background until it is shut down. Strictly speaking, a service is any Windows application that is implemented with the services API. However, services normally handle low-level tasks that require little or no user interaction.

Read: How to start, stop, disable Windows Services.

Windows Services will not start

Before you start, create a System Restore point manually.

1] To manage Windows Services, you have to open Run box, type services.msc and hit Enter to open the Services Manager. Here you can set its start up type to Automatic, Delayed, Manual or Disabled. Check if the specific service with whom you are facing problems is not set to Disabled. See if you can start it manually by clicking on the Start button.

Windows Services will not start

2] Boot in Safe Mode and see if the Service is starting. Many a times, non-Microsoft services or Drivers can interfere with the proper functioning of System Services. Alternatively you could also execute a Clean Boot and check.

3] Run the System File Checker ie. Run sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt. Reboot on completion and check. Windows 10 / 8.1 users may repair their Windows System Image and see if it helps.

4] If you are facing problems in starting some specific Services, check if any of these posts can help you:

5] If you are facing a problem on your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 system – where you experience a long delay before all services are ready after you install an application, then visit KB2839217 and request for a hotfix. This can typically happen when application creates a file whose file name is longer than 127 characters.

6] If you receive an error Windows could not start the Windows Firewall, DHCP client, or Diagnostic Policy on Local Computer on Windows 7 or Windows Vista, then apply this Fix It from KB943996.

7] See if restoring your Windows, using a prior good system restore point helps you.

8] If nothing helps, you may have to consider Repairing Windows 7 or using Refresh or Reset PC in Windows 10/8.

All the best!

Related read:

SMART, the Windows Tweaker is our freeware utility which helps you tweak Windows Services, based on the suggested configurations of BlackVipers and also lets you reset Services values to its defaults. You may want to check it out!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.