Windows Services can't be started or stopped anymore

If vital Main Windows Services are deactivated it may happen that you don't have some function available anymore. These are services/functions like Internet Access, Network Setting, Hardware Settings, Update Center, Installations or Service Manager. The most critical problem here is the Service Manager. This problem is caused when you shutdown the "Plug & Play"-Service which is needed for starting and stopping other Services. It gets even worse if you find out that it is also not possible to fix this problem by system restore or also protected mode.


1 answer

Restart Plug & Play Service

If Services can't be activated anymore, they can be restarted by using Registry Editor.

1. Find out the name (or a part of it) of the specific Service (in Service Manager)
2. Start Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
3. Browse to branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Services
4. Search the specific Service there and open the folder.
5. Set "Start" Property to value 2 (=Automatic Start)

After Windows Reboot the Service will be started! This solution also works for other critical Services if normal access is not possible anymore.