How do I fix the “1053: Service did not respond in time to start or control request” error?

The 1053 error occurs when the service you are trying to start, suspend or stop responding for more than 30 seconds, but Windows only waits 30 seconds for the service to start by default.

If you continue to get the error message “Error 1053: Service did not respond in time to startup or validation request”, you are not alone! Many Windows users report this, but don’t worry. You can fix it.

What is the cause of the 1053 error in Windows?

What is the cause of the 1053 error in Windows?

After receiving the first reports from users, we set about investigating and examining in detail all the modules involved in the in-service startup mechanics. After collecting all the results and comparing them with the users’ responses, we have come to the conclusion that the problem occurs due to several different reasons. Some of them are listed below:

Timer settings: by default, Windows has a timer setting that, if applications don’t comply with it, causes them to quit and close. If the service you are trying to configure takes much longer to respond to, it will be deleted. Here we can change the timeout setting by manipulating the registry.

Missing DLL file: Another example of an error occurs when your computer is missing a DLL file, which is also used by many other applications. If this DLL file is conflicting or missing altogether, you will get this error message.

Corrupted or missing system files: Another cause of this problem is the presence of corrupted or missing system files on your computer. When Windows installation itself is incorrect and causes problems, there are many problems, including the aforementioned error message.

Outdated Windows: Microsoft has officially confirmed receiving this error message on its official website and has even released a temporary patch to solve the problem. However, this patch was recently removed and users were prompted to upgrade to the latest version of Windows.

Using a build version (for developers): If you try to run services in a debug version of Windows, you will probably get this error message. Debug versions are not stable and do not have all the features compared to release versions.

Missing frames (for developers): Incompatible frames are also responsible for the error message. The window on which you are trying to run the service and the service itself must be in the same frame.

The problem in the database service (for developers): Another case where this error message can occur is when there is a problem with the configuration of your project. The details of the server must be fixed so that the service does not have problems accessing it.

Damaged installation: Another common cause of this error message is when the installation of your application (which calls the service) is damaged. In this case, a new installation would be helpful.

Incorrect network configuration: services are constantly communicating with your network. If the network settings are incorrect, services may not be able to perform their tasks and thus cause an error message.

Administrator access: the service you are trying to run (or that a third party is trying to run) must be run as an administrator if it consumes system resources not intended for normal use.

Make sure that you are logged into your computer as an administrator and that you have an active Internet connection before you start the solution. Also, follow the solution from the beginning and work accordingly.

To fix the 1053 error in Windows

To fix the 1053 error in Windows

Change the timeout settings using the registry editor.

The very first solution you can try is to change the timeout settings of your services using Registry Editor.

1.) Press Win + R to open the Run utility. Then type regedit and press Enter.
2.) Now navigate to this path to the file :
3.) Find the ServicesPipeTimeout key. If you can’t find it, select Control, right-click the empty field on the right, and select New > DWORD. Then name the key ServicesPipeTimeout.
4.) Double-click ServicesPipeTimeout, then change the value to 180000 and click OK.
5.) Restart the computer.

Try running the service and make sure that the “Service not responding” error is resolved.

Check for corrupted system files

Another method you can try is to check whether your system is corrupt or not.

1.) Type cmd in the search box, right-click on the command line, and select Run as administrator.
2.) Run the following commands one by one:
sfc/scan now.
DISM / Online / Clean images / Restore health
3) After the scan, restart your computer.

Check now to see if the “Service not responding” error is finally resolved.

Reinstall the application

Another useful solution to fix the 1053 error is to reinstall the application requesting this service.

1.) Press Win + R to open the Run utility. Then type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
2.) Locate the application requesting the service, click on it and click the Uninstall button.
3.) Reboot your computer and reinstall that application.

Now check if the “Service not responding” error has been resolved.

Reset cache and network settings

You can also reset the network settings to get rid of this error message.

Tip: This will remove any custom settings that you have manually set.

1.) Type cmd in the search box, right-click on the command line, and select Run as administrator.
2.) Run the following commands one by one:
reset winsock grid
ipconfig / update

After resetting the network, use your browser to see if you have access to the Internet. Check now to see if the “Service not responding” error has been fixed.

Get ownership of the application

If the application does not have sufficient access, this error may occur. Thus, you must get ownership of the application.

1.) Navigate to the application file/folder, right-click on it and select Properties.
2.) Go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button.
3.) Click the Edit button.
4.) Now enter the user account name and click the “Verify Names” button.
5.) Click OK.
6.) Check the Replace all permission entries for child objects with permission entries inherited from this object check box, and then click Apply and OK.
7.) Close the files and restart your computer.

Now try to run the application and see if the “Service did not respond” error is fixed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Go to Start -> Run > and type regedit.
  2. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl.
  3. After selecting the control folder, right-click in the right-hand area and select "New DWORD value".
  4. Name the new WORD: ServicesPipeTimeout.
  5. Right-click ServicesPipeTimeout, then click Edit.

The user receives a 1053 error message stating that "the service did not respond in time to a run or control request". This error message is the cause of the timeout that occurs after the service is requested to start, but the service does not respond in the interval.

To troubleshoot this problem Simply go to SQL Server Configuration Manager and click the "Logs" button in the left pane. If you are using a network service, simply disable the "VIA" protocol. Then try to start your SQL service and it will work properly.

  1. Open Start.
  2. Find "Command Prompt", right-click on the top result, and select the "Run as administrator" option.
  3. Enter the following command to activate the service and press Enter: sc config "SERVICE-NAME" start=auto.
  4. (Optional) Enter the following command to start the service and press Enter.

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