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security center service will not start

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  • Getting message secuity center/alet  when I open the Security center it is off. When I attempt to start it I get this message "The security center service can’t be started"  Is there a fix for this problem?

    Friday, August 17, 2007 5:54 PM

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  • Hi Cybermac,

    I found the answer to your problem. First click on Start, then Run, type in "services.msc" without the quotes. When the page comes up, on the far right scroll down the list and doubleclick on Security Center. Where it says Startup, set from Disabled to Automatic. Just below that you will see the word "Start". click on that and then click OK. Restart your computer and your Service Center will be active. Happy to help.

    NMK

    Friday, November 02, 2007 5:22 AM

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  • Hi Cybermac,

    I found the answer to your problem. First click on Start, then Run, type in "services.msc" without the quotes. When the page comes up, on the far right scroll down the list and doubleclick on Security Center. Where it says Startup, set from Disabled to Automatic. Just below that you will see the word "Start". click on that and then click OK. Restart your computer and your Service Center will be active. Happy to help.

    NMK

    Friday, November 02, 2007 5:22 AM
  • Thank You ever so much!! I have been trying to figure out an answer to this same question pretty much since I purchased Vista! You finally gave the much needed answer.

    Sunday, November 18, 2007 5:43 PM
  • Thanks a lot, that did the trick.

     

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007 3:02 PM
  •  

    I can´t... Error 1079... Please help me....

     

    I have Win Vista Home Editon 32

     

     

    Cumpz...

    • Proposed as answer by farsi85 Sunday, March 01, 2009 2:56 PM
    Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:48 PM
  • What do I do

     

    Friday, November 23, 2007 11:56 PM
  • 'easy' thank you

    Saturday, November 24, 2007 12:05 AM
  • I have Vista Home Premium

     

    I tried your fix which didn't work for me.  Hoping you can help me too.  When I did the above I got the following:

     

    Windows could not start the security cener service on local computer.

    Errror 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process.

     

     

    This issue only happened after I had some trojan powervideo.dll.  i never had issues for 14 years on a computer until I switched to Vista. 

     

    Sadly I was lost and couldn't understand how to fix my issues and changed many setting and ran many things to fix it.

     

    Thank you in advance.

     

    Monday, December 03, 2007 3:15 PM
  • I have the same problem since I McAffee prompted me that I had a trojan.

    The trick doesn't seem to work on Vista 32-bit.
    Monday, December 03, 2007 7:40 PM
  • Not 100% sure how I finally got it to work but, it is working:

     

    1.I deleted AVG and SpyBot.

     

    2.  I ran Services.msc as administrator and did the following (note that it wasn't 100% logical as I just tried things and sadly didn't reboot after every one):

     

    a.  Chose Remote Registry, clicked Log On tab and in the account text box, typed NT AUTHORITY\LocalService and deleted both passwords and hit apply (new passwords automatically filled in).  I then rebooted. 

     

    b. Did same as 2a but this time I did it to SecurityCenter Log On tab.  Note that when i chose this I got an error message still that said "Configuration Manager: The specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device."  I hit OK and still changed the Log On.  I then rebooted.

     

    c. I ran Services.msc as administrator 1 more time and started a number of things like Windows Installer and other  things that were listed as not running.  Yes I was just randomly starting things based on things that sounded like they may have some impact and all I did was hit start without changing how they run.....  Well after starting a number that weren't on I was able to turn on Security Center.  Don't know why at all.  I did a reboot and it still worked.  I still have the error message of 2b but at least it's working.

     

    If you have any idea what made this work or can actually get your to work please let me know as I was just desperately trying out things without intermittent checks.  At least it's working.

     

    Good Luck.

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by bolden6934 Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:24 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by bolden6934 Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:24 AM
    Tuesday, December 04, 2007 4:30 AM
  • my thanks also to NKLEIN for the solution. 

    Sunday, December 16, 2007 6:59 AM
  •  maglib wrote:

    I have Vista Home Premium

     

    I tried your fix which didn't work for me.  Hoping you can help me too.  When I did the above I got the following:

     

    Windows could not start the security cener service on local computer.

    Errror 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process.

     

     

    This issue only happened after I had some trojan powervideo.dll.  i never had issues for 14 years on a computer until I switched to Vista. 

     

    Sadly I was lost and couldn't understand how to fix my issues and changed many setting and ran many things to fix it.

     

    Thank you in advance.

     

    This really worked! Thank you!! It also works without a reboot!

    Ldigital

    Sunday, December 16, 2007 11:16 AM
  • I run Windows XP Home Edition on a PC & Laptop. This solved my problem until i restarted my computers. After they restarted  I went back into security center & got this message The security center is currently unavailable because the security center service has not started or was stopped. Please close this window and restart the computer (or start the security center service) and then open the security center again.I went back to the services list and security center was disabled again. so I used microsoft's malicious software removal tool and it didn't find any problems.

    Please help.

    Saturday, December 29, 2007 5:09 PM
  •  Kev136 wrote:

    I run Windows XP Home Edition on a PC & Laptop. This solved my problem until i restarted my computers. After they restarted  I went back into security center & got this message The security center is currently unavailable because the security center service has not started or was stopped. Please close this window and restart the computer (or start the security center service) and then open the security center again.I went back to the services list and security center was disabled again. so I used microsoft's malicious software removal tool and it didn't find any problems.

    Please help.

     
     
    I had the same problem, which I discovered was caused by Norton Anti-Virus 2007 disabling the Security Center. Norton was set to NOT show Windows Security Center messages. Once I checked the relevant box in Norton: "Show Messages from Windows Security Center", the problem was solved.
    Monday, January 14, 2008 3:12 AM
  • This worked and solved my problem, many thanks

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 2:08 AM
  •  maglib wrote:

    Not 100% sure how I finally got it to work but, it is working:

     

    1.I deleted AVG and SpyBot.

     

    2.  I ran Services.msc as administrator and did the following (note that it wasn't 100% logical as I just tried things and sadly didn't reboot after every one):

     

    a.  Chose Remote Registry, clicked Log On tab and in the account text box, typed NT AUTHORITY\LocalService and deleted both passwords and hit apply (new passwords automatically filled in).  I then rebooted. 

     

    b. Did same as 2a but this time I did it to SecurityCenter Log On tab.  Note that when i chose this I got an error message still that said "Configuration Manager: The specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device."  I hit OK and still changed the Log On.  I then rebooted.

     

    c. I ran Services.msc as administrator 1 more time and started a number of things like Windows Installer and other  things that were listed as not running.  Yes I was just randomly starting things based on things that sounded like they may have some impact and all I did was hit start without changing how they run.....  Well after starting a number that weren't on I was able to turn on Security Center.  Don't know why at all.  I did a reboot and it still worked.  I still have the error message of 2b but at least it's working.

     

    If you have any idea what made this work or can actually get your to work please let me know as I was just desperately trying out things without intermittent checks.  At least it's working.

     

    Good Luck.

     

     



    NICE job. I was completely stuck in the same predicament, actually started messing around in Services before I read your post, Like you I have NO clue if those changes improved the outcome. However it was only after changing the settings on the Remote Registry AND the Security Center log-on page, that the Security Center was enabled, leading me to believe it had something to do more with the RR and SC log-on names than with the other Services. However, you had problems after the initial change and reboot, which is curious. I list below the Services I did change in the process.. I did not have to uninstall any anti-virus/spyware.

    Here's what I did in Services besides the above 2a and 2b:
    Starting a few options, and placing others on Automatic.Let's see... from these I changed the settings on Diagnostic System Host, Diagnostic Service Host, Internet Connection Sharing, Office Source Engine, and finally, Security Accounts Manager. Again, these services were either Stopped or Disabled, so I either Started them or turned them to Automatic.

    Thanks Mucho!


    • Proposed as answer by landerson01 Sunday, January 04, 2009 7:53 AM
    Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:04 AM
  • Exactly how and where did you check the relevant box on NAV2007?  I have the same problem.  Thanks!

    Wednesday, February 06, 2008 2:03 AM
  • I run XP Home Edition and have the same problem as Kev136. For over a year now, every time I boot my computer, the Security Center is “disabled”; I set it to start “automatically” and then start it, but next boot up and it’s disabled again. I have had no luck with finding anything online about this problem. I get the same message as above and start it in "services".

    I looked at Norton Antivirus - now have 2008 - and can't find any place to check/try your solution. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks

    Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:19 PM
  •  

    Open NAV2007. On the norton protection center window above basic pc security in the right hand corner click OPTIONS.

     

    On the Norton Protection Center Options window select General Settings

     

    Under Windows Security Center alert settings check the box. Show messages from Windows Security Center. Click ok.

    Close NAV

     

    Then open Security Center it should be working as normal.

     

    Hope This was helpful

     

    Kev136

    Thursday, February 07, 2008 9:11 PM
  • This was very helpful for me too. Thank you very much! I don't know if for this reason my computer was getting crazy with a lot of pop ups from all sites eventhough I restriscted every area and they keep coming up.  I even have an antivirus in my computer and its not helping.  Can you help me?

    Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:46 PM
  • The only thing i can suggest is to check that pop-up blocker is switched on and try with the filter setting on high (blocks all pop-ups). pop-up blocker is located in Microsoft internet explorer  tools menu.

     

    Hope this was helpful.

    Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:43 AM
  •  Knashaar wrote:
     Kev136 wrote:

    I run Windows XP Home Edition on a PC & Laptop. This solved my problem until i restarted my computers. After they restarted  I went back into security center & got this message The security center is currently unavailable because the security center service has not started or was stopped. Please close this window and restart the computer (or start the security center service) and then open the security center again.I went back to the services list and security center was disabled again. so I used microsoft's malicious software removal tool and it didn't find any problems.

    Please help.

     
     
    I had the same problem, which I discovered was caused by Norton Anti-Virus 2007 disabling the Security Center. Norton was set to NOT show Windows Security Center messages. Once I checked the relevant box in Norton: "Show Messages from Windows Security Center", the problem was solved.


    Had exactly the problems as described above and was worried as why the Security Centre was disabled every time I rebooted, I would never have twigged that it was a setting in Norton causing the problem - so many thanks Smile

    The question remains of course, as why or how the Norton setting changed!
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:39 AM
  • thanks it works great i'd know i'd was'nt the one you left but you help me fix a little problem i'd appreciate it

     

    Sunday, March 09, 2008 1:49 AM
  • Dear NMK

     

    The HP lap top has Vista Home Basic with McAfee and Registry Easy.  Your procedure works to turn the Security Center on when all else fails but do you have any suggestions on why the Security Center is changed to "Disabled" without manually making the change?   Could there be a virus, spyware, trojan that changes the setting from "Automatic" to "Disable"?  On the advice of the local PC repair shop they once changed the setting to "Automatic (Delayed)" but after a while it still changed to "Disabled".

    Thanks in advance for your time and assistance.

    Cayturtle

     

     

    Thursday, March 20, 2008 11:09 AM
  •  

    This helped me too immensely.   Thanks for the question and for the response.   After being on this computer for several hours, it's great having learned something that might be helpful in the future.

    Thank you again.

    Sunday, April 13, 2008 6:06 AM
  • Thanks NKlein;

     

    Worked like a charm.

     

    Interesting aside, It appears that the Security Center was disabled by line speed monitoring software I recently installed.

    I should know better.

    Thanks again,

    Old Techy

    Friday, April 25, 2008 1:45 PM
  • Thanks a lot! This fixed my problem.

    Monday, April 28, 2008 1:57 PM
  • Just thought i'd reply to this posting because i've been pulling my hair out for weeks over the security center not starting on boot up and having to do it manually every time.

     

    Thankyou very much, norton resolve worked great

     

    Tony

    Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:08 AM
  • i used this and it is all good.

     

    My defrag won't run either.

     

    Is there a similar fix that may let me defrag

    Monday, July 14, 2008 4:39 AM
  • The my problem it's same with Knashaar (14 Jan 2008), How to change the way security center alerts me if no work?

    please help me.

    Sunday, August 03, 2008 6:38 AM
  • Thanks it must be christmas because I have been seeking the answer you provided for over a week, Thanks  :}

    love urself joy will follow, this says it all!  Happy Holidays; Happy Hanukkah; Merry Christmas and to all a very Happy New Year
    Thursday, December 25, 2008 9:13 PM
  • OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!  I have battled this every since I finally went to Vista about 2 months ago.  You are a real stress saver.

    Thanks again!
    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:06 PM
  • I used Local Service and no password and it worked like a charm..................But if it weren't for this forum I would not have gotten that far. So thanks to all who ask questions and especially to those that answer........
    Loretta_330
    Sunday, January 04, 2009 7:56 AM
  • Thanks dude.. u're awesome..
    Monday, February 02, 2009 10:41 AM
  • thanks my security center is working now, i follow ur guidence,,,thanks

     

    Sunday, March 01, 2009 2:56 PM
  • Re: 
    "Windows could not start the Security Center service on Local Computer.
    Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process."

    I also could not start Security Center from Services.msc menu, and was getting URLs hijacked from Google via clickchecktools.com

    I also could successfully complete a System Restore in Vista because of "unspecified error".

    Today - I resolved my issue.  Below are the steps I took:
    1. Download Malware Remover: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/uninstall-antivirus-2009
    2. Restart into Safe Mode (hit F8 continually when booting up)
    3. Run Malware Remover (it identified HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\kt_bho.KettleBho (Trojan.BHO))
    4. Do a System Restore for a date before issues were identified
      1. This only worked in Safe Mode, as mentioned above there was an "unspecified error" when not in Safe Mode and it failed
    5. After which, no more URL hijacking and I was able to start Security Center

    Best of luck, hope this helps.


    Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:14 PM
  • Dear NMK
    Had the same problem starting the Security Center.  Followed your instructions and it worked.
    You are the best!
    Len
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:52 PM
  • How about a similar error in safe mode.

    ERROR 1084

    Says can't run in safe mode but I had never noticed that before.

    Just want to make sure the info is legit.

    -nate
    Monday, May 04, 2009 6:08 PM
  • I just wanted to say "THANK YOU"!  I've been trying for days to get my security center to start and had websites telling me I had a virus and need to purchase a virus remover for $89.  Thanks to you, I was able to fix this in less than a minute.  YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:39 AM
  • Hey im having the same problem but when i go into the start menu there is nothi[ng that says run on my toshiba laptop could this be why because its a different type of laptop or not?
    Sunday, July 19, 2009 1:20 AM
  • wooops blonde moment i found that but ive put the disabled to auto but start isnt coming up as an option then it says in brackets after automatic delayed start please help
    Sunday, July 19, 2009 1:25 AM
  • Thank you so much for this. Tried a few other things and none of them worked. Of course, what I am still wondering is who or what disabled the service, but who knows?
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 3:27 PM
  • Thank you a lot! You helped me a lot!


     

    Monday, November 01, 2010 5:19 PM
  • Not 100% sure how I finally got it to work but, it is working:

     

    1.I deleted AVG and SpyBot.

     

    2.  I ran Services.msc as administrator and did the following (note that it wasn't 100% logical as I just tried things and sadly didn't reboot after every one):

     

    a.  Chose Remote Registry, clicked Log On tab and in the account text box, typed NT AUTHORITY\LocalService and deleted both passwords and hit apply (new passwords automatically filled in).  I then rebooted. 

     

    b. Did same as 2a but this time I did it to SecurityCenter Log On tab.  Note that when i chose this I got an error message still that said "Configuration Manager: The specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device."  I hit OK and still changed the Log On.  I then rebooted.

     

    c. I ran Services.msc as administrator 1 more time and started a number of things like Windows Installer and other  things that were listed as not running.  Yes I was just randomly starting things based on things that sounded like they may have some impact and all I did was hit start without changing how they run.....  Well after starting a number that weren't on I was able to turn on Security Center.  Don't know why at all.  I did a reboot and it still worked.  I still have the error message of 2b but at least it's working.

     

    If you have any idea what made this work or can actually get your to work please let me know as I was just desperately trying out things without intermittent checks.  At least it's working.

     

    Good Luck.

     

     

    When I entered NT AUTHORITY\LocalService on account text box and clicked apply, it say "Please enter a valid password."

    I try another option by changing to Logon as Local System Account. Then, I change startup type to automatic and reboot my computer. After rebooting, Security Center service do not start automatically. So, I try to start it manually from services.msc, but it say "Windows could not start the Security Center service on Local Computer. Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process."

    Can anyone help me please?

    Thursday, December 02, 2010 11:55 AM
  • need help try to check on services.msc but couldn't locate security center...try MBAM no virus detected
    Tuesday, December 07, 2010 10:15 AM
  • Wow,Thanks maglib!! u r a lifesaver!! I had that problem on windows 7 home premium after having had a Trojan!! WOOOWW! Thank you it really worked! But does'nt the virus still have the password which we could'nt see? that scares me!! also i am not getting ANY errors! thanks again
    Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:31 AM
  • Hey all I am having the same problem with my gateway laptop. I am running windows vista home premium sp1. I tried the fix from nklein but get a different error code. I get Error: 1068 The dependency service or group failed to start. Does anyone have any idea of what this is and how to correct it. P.S. if anyone has anything please reply.

    Thanks in advance,

    Harry O61

    • Edited by HarryO61 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:56 AM
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:55 AM