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Windows 7: "Windows could not start the Security Center service on Local Computer


01 Jul 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 
"Windows could not start the Security Center service on Local Computer

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium. I used to run Comodo's Internet Security Suite, but recently uninstalled that and switched to MSSE.

I get the following msg from the Action Center:
"Windows could not start the Security Center service on Local Computer." Error code 5

The Security Center service is set to Automatic (D). If I try to start it manually I get the above message. Both required dependencies are set to automatic, and have started ok.

Any help in resolving this would be much appreciated.

Dick

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01 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try starting the service from a command prompt. Type cmd in the Start Menu search box, right click cmd.exe and select "Run as Administrator". In the commnd window type "net start wscsvc" without the quotes.
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02 Jul 2010   #3

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Bill2:
Thanks for replying. Tried what you said . . . didn't work. Got the following:
A system error has occured.
System error 5 has occured.
Access is denied.

Dick
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02 Jul 2010   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Could be some Comodo's Internet Security Suite drivers, left in C:\Windows\System32\drivers...They might still trigger!

You'll have to recognize them in that system32\drivers folder, then go in the registry to delete the keys...(see attached thumbnails for the path), And then delete the drivers from Comodo ISS from that system32\drivers folder.


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02 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

I believe Non is on to something. Unfortunately, there isn't a reliable Comodo uninstaller. You might want to try Revo Uninstaller before editing the registry. Revo Uninstaller Pro - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems
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03 Jul 2010   #6

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Thanks to you both for your helpful responses. I finally decided yesterday that the quickest way out of my problem was to re-install Windows 7, and start cleanly again.

If I had to guess I think my problem came up with my using CCleaner and Revouninstaller too freely as far as "cleaning" my registry.

I'm an amatuer computer hobbyist who loves to tinker; and have installed/uninstalled Comodo, MSSE, and a few other security/firewall apps - and that's where the registry cleaning probably bit me.

Sorry I wont be able to try your suggestions. For me, I'm going to continue to play and tinker, but I'm going to steer clear of registry cleaning.

Best to you both,
Dick
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03 Jul 2010   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by southieguy View Post
Thanks to you both for your helpful responses. I finally decided yesterday that the quickest way out of my problem was to re-install Windows 7, and start cleanly again.

If I had to guess I think my problem came up with my using CCleaner and Revouninstaller too freely as far as "cleaning" my registry.

I'm an amatuer computer hobbyist who loves to tinker; and have installed/uninstalled Comodo, MSSE, and a few other security/firewall apps - and that's where the registry cleaning probably bit me.

Sorry I wont be able to try your suggestions. For me, I'm going to continue to play and tinker, but I'm going to steer clear of registry cleaning.

Best to you both,
Dick
No worries...
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03 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by southieguy View Post
For me, I'm going to continue to play and tinker, but I'm going to steer clear of registry cleaning.

Dick
Hi, Dick.

Since you are going to continue playing and tinkering with your computer, and have a fresh install -- updated with the latest security updates, I hope -- now would be a good time to create a backup.
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03 Jul 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I managed to flub up two computers using Revo Uninstaller. Be 'extra' cautious with this product!
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04 Jul 2010   #10

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Corinne:
Thanks for the tip. I have an Microsoft image and a DriveImage XML image - both of which I've stashed away and saved, just in case my tinkering bites me again.

Jaycee:
I'll keep that in mind, 'cause I've been using CCleaner's registry cleaning, and Revo's too - too freely obviously.

Best to you all,
Dick
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