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Windows 7: Windows Security Center service cannot be started

22 Jun 2012   #1
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows Security Center service cannot be started

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... Since you are not sure what may have changed this setting, I would recommend to do a full scan of your system with Malwarebytes free just to be safe and help make sure that your system is clean.
I took your advice and ran it. Nothing detected. I decided to also do a full scan with MS Security Essentials and there were some items detected. Thnx!


Issue : Oh btw, as I was navigating the Control Panel after all this I happened across the 'Action Center' and noticed that 'Windows Security Center Service' is turned off. I cliked on the 'Turn On Now' button and got a message that 'the Windows Security Center service cannot be started'. First, I don't know what this is. Could it be automatically disabled because I am using the Malwatebytes and MS Security Essentials? If not, do I have another problem? Other than these pesky little issues my system has been running fine (almost 24/7 since fall 2009). fwiw, my UAC is set at the highest setting.


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22 Jun 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Run SFC -SCANNOW Command.

Type services.msc in Start Search box, look at the dependencies tab for that service and make sure those Services are all set to Automatic and started, then try to start Security Center again. If this fails, google any error messages text to see how others have solved the failure.
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22 Jun 2012   #3
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Run SFC -SCANNOW Command.

Type services.msc in Start Search box, look at the dependencies tab for that service and make sure those Services are all set to Automatic and started, then try to start Security Center again. If this fails, google any error messages text to see how others have solved the failure.
OK, thnx - I will try that. What is this 'service'? Is it critical? As I mentioned, I have not had any security problems since I brought the machine home.
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23 Jun 2012   #4
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

FYI I found this :
The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer. The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service. The Action Center (AC) UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the AC control panel. Network Access Protection (NAP) uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions. The service also has a public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system.

I found this : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2519899"

In step 3 of the above article the 'Security Center', as per the provided image, does not appear in my services list. I believe everything explained about this 'service' is functioning. I get the standard update notifications for windows and other installed s/w, firewall, antivirus, uac, etc. and all report your typical warnings and notifications. Looks like I have a mystery on my hands.
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23 Jun 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Where did you get Win7? How is it activated?

You need Security Service for important functions, unless your OS has been modified somehow.

What was the result of SFC Scannow?
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23 Jun 2012   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Have you run SFC /SCANNOW as requested by GregRocker? Yes/No.
SFC -SCANNOW Command.

After that, carry out the advice given here:
Error message:
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23 Jun 2012   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Do following please and tell me if you even have the Security Center Service?
WIN | type SERVICES.MSC | ENTER
scroll down to Security Center Service | rightclick and choose Properties

the correct settings are given to you in the link I gave in my previous post.

WIN= key with the Microsoft logo
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23 Jun 2012   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I left out this pic showing you what you should see in services.msc
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23 Jun 2012   #9
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Do following please and tell me if you even have the Security Center Service?
WIN | type SERVICES.MSC | ENTER
scroll down to Security Center Service | rightclick and choose Properties

the correct settings are given to you in the link I gave in my previous post.

WIN= key with the Microsoft logo
as stated in post#4, it is not in the list. Also, in your 'error message' link was information that stated in Windows 7 the Windows Security Center service has been replaced by the 'Action Center'. hmmmmm .... wtf?
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23 Jun 2012   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You do not have the Security Center service as below?

Yes, Action Center is used now in Windows 7 instead of the Security Center as in Vista, but you should still have this service in Windows 7.

-services.jpg


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