How To Deal with Error 1053

What is "error 1053” or “service did not respond” error?

Error 1053 is generated when a Windows service doesn’t respond in the specified time. These usually include Windows services like sensor or local system logon or a network service. The problem lies within the Microsoft .NET framework. Microsoft has recognized this as a bug and a hotfix has been released for it.

Operating Systems affected are:

  1. All versions of Windows Vista.
  2. All versions of Windows 2003

Error that appears on the screen

“Could not stop the Windows service name service on Local Computer.

Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.”

What causes Error 1053 and how to solve this problem

Microsoft’s .NET framework is a programming interface for developing applications to run on Windows. They come as a default package bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7 versions. This package has been released for commercial use and can be downloaded from the Microsoft website for free. Microsoft releases constant patches and hot fixes for its API packages.

The error occurs when there is a problem with the service you are trying to start or pause as well as with the Windows services core file Advapi32.dll. This file is a part of the advanced API’s or Application Programming Interfaces of Microsoft’s .NET framework.

Technical Explanation of error for Programmers:  When you attempt to start, stop or pause a service the ServiceBase Class calls the OnStop method from the Service Command handler. And this is defined in the ScDispatcherLoop of the Advapi32.dll file. After the specified timeout, usually 30 seconds, if the ScDispatcherLoop thread doesn’t receive a new command from the Service Control Manager the service is marked as “Timed Out” which results in the error 1503.

To resolve this issue, you will have to download and install the latest Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack which has been released by Microsoft.

Alternatively, in Windows 2003 you can enable the feature “Allow service to interact with desktop”. You can follow the steps to turn it on.

  1. Click on Start and then Click on Run.
  2. Type Services.msc and press Enter to open the Service management console window.
  3. Right-click on the service that is giving the problem and then click Properties.
  4. Display the LogOn tab.
  5. Select the “Allow service to interact with Desktop” checkbox.

    This will resolve the problem with the service selected. This is just an alternative solution, however, the best solution is to upgrade to the latest service pack available.

To resolve issues with any of the modules or packages you should always keep the system up to date by installing all the updates provided by Microsoft. You should keep the Windows update feature to the “Install updates automatically (recommended)” setting. This will ensure smooth running of windows packages.

You can download the latest version of the Microsoft .NET Framework from the Microsoft Download website.