Error 1079. Windows Time, Windows Event Log, Windows Firewall services fail to start

If you find that one of more of the following specified services ie. Windows Time, Windows Event Log, Windows Firewall services fail to start on your computer that is running Windows 10/8/7/Vista or Windows Server, then this article may interest you.

The services in question are:

  • Windows Time  (W32Time)
  • Windows Event Log  (eventlog)
  • Windows Firewall  (MpsSvc)

Windows Time, Event Log, Firewall services fail to start

Moreover,  when you try to start the service/s manually, you may receive the following error message:

Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process.

In such a case, KB2478117 recommends that you ensure that the service is being started by the Local System account instead of by the Local Service account (NT AUTHORITY\LocalService).

To do so, type services.msc in start search and hit Enter to open Windows Services.

Scroll down to the service in question, say, Windows Firewall service and double click on it to open its Properties box.

Windows Time, Event Log, Firewall services fail to start

Click Log On tab and under This account, type NT AUTHORITY\LocalService. You may set both Password fields blank.

Click Apply/OK.

In case of Windows Firewall service, repeat this step for the Base Filtering Engine service too, as BFE is a Service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security.

Now you will be able to start the Services.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, 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.


  1. Arpit

    Thank you Mr. Anand. Your solution helped me.

  2. Glad to hear it helped you. 🙂

  3. adrian

    do u now why i cant share networks

  4. Pablosky

    Incredible, this is disbelief, has left me with this system instead of with the Network Service Account. Thanks a lot Mr. Anand =))

  5. Shreejit

    Didn’t work for me. I am still receiving the same error. Anything else I can do to fix this issue.

  6. tayyab

    ThanKx MAn Work FOr ME GREAt WORK 🙂

  7. Mustafa Shk

    It’s helpful for me, Thank you so much…:)

  8. ptuii

    If you make this change are you less protected in W8.1? Can you go back to “Local Service” and how? What is the password?

  9. George Loxton


  10. Harold

    Wow Thanks for this info!

  11. Nadesh

    Tried the steps but still the issue persists. Can any one please post the recommended solutions here.

  12. David Nee

    My computer clock wont keep time while running. I have searched and searched for a solution.
    This post, I believe, has help me solve the problem. (and no, its not the MB battery).
    Once I know for sure this worked, I will post “my fix” so it might help other. This is a big problem
    in windows that I had found out.
    Thanks for posting your 2 cents!!!

  13. Dan

    Thanks a lot. This solved it for me. Don’t understand what exactly caused it and what solved it but I’m just happy it works.

  14. Ferman Alexander Moncada Colme

    This was the only solution I found in the internet that really worked. Thank you very much!

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