Alongside many common errors experienced while running Windows, one that has a big impact is when Windows Server gets stuck at ‘Applying computer settings’ screen and fails to make any progress, further. This issue occurs because of a deadlock in the Service Control Manager database.
Windows Server stuck at Applying Computer Settings
If you are seeing this issue after attempting to start a Service, and it is taking an unusually long time to load, then try this.
You may see an ‘Applying Computer Settings’ screen with a spinning circle. The screen may continue to appear for long before reaching the login prompt stage. Even when you login, the core services might not start.
To fix this, you can use the Registry method. Before you begin, remember to create a system restore point first.
Launch Registry Editor and navigate to:
Now, switch to right-pane and find the entry with the name DependOnService. If it’s not there create a new multi-string value – DependOnService.
Double-click it and set its Value data to CRYPTSVC.
Once done, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
Microsoft has some other suggestions to make:
- If the problem is occurring because of something requiring network resources is simply to unplug the network cable. By “breaking” the network connection, the network requests should time out nearly instantaneously and the logon process should continue.
- You could also use the MSCONFIG utility to temporarily prevent non-Microsoft services from starting up the next time the system boots.
- If you think it is related to a Group Policy setting change you made, you can enable USERENV logging and then review the log file.
I hope something here helps you.