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Windows Server 2008 computers hang during startup while "applying computer settings" and services configured to start automatically fail to start



The RTM release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is not affected by the problem described in this KB article.

The following symptoms may occur:

  • Windows Server 2008 hangs at Applying Computer Settings.
  • On Windows Server 2008 systems that are web servers, you may notice that services that are set to a Start Type of "Automatic" may not start 

Certain Services that are set to "Automatic" may start without problems - for example:

  • Dcom Process Launcher
  • Remote Procedure Call
  • Event log
  • Group Policy Client
  • Plug and Play
  • DHCP Client
  • DNS Client
  • Task Scheduler
  • Base Filtering Engine
  • Workstation Service
  • Netlogon

Other services set to "Automatic" may fail - for example:

  • Print Spooler
  • Terminal Services
  • Server service
  • Remote Registry
  • WMI
  • Distributed Transaction Coordinator
  • Any Services related to Applications


Trying to manually start services with a Startup type of "Automatic" may result in an Error 1053 indicating that "The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion." 

The problems described in the symptoms section occur because of a lock on the Service Control Manager (SCM) database.  As a result of the lock, none of the services can access the SCM database to initialize their service start requests. To verify that a Windows computer is affected by the problem discussed in this article, run the following command from the command Prompt:


sc querylock

The output below would indicate that the SCM database is locked:

QueryServiceLockstatus - Success
IsLocked : True
LockOwner : .\NT Service Control Manager
LockDuration : 1090 (seconds since acquired)

There is no additional information in the Event Logs beyond those from the Service Control Manager indicating that Service startup requests have timed out. The underlying root cause is a deadlock between the Service Control Manager and HTTP.SYS.

Resolution 1

You can modify the behavior of HTTP.SYS to depend on another service being started first.  To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HTTP and create the following Multi-string value: DependOnService
  3. Double click the new DependOnService entry
  4. Type CRYPTSVC in the Value Data field and click OK.
  5. Reboot the server

NOTE: Please ensure that you make a backup of the registry / affected keys before making any changes to your system.

Resolution 2

To resolve this problem install the MKSB 2379016. Download from below link.


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