Windows Time service fails to start

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by RodBarnes, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. RodBarnes

    RodBarnes Senior Member

    Dec 8, 2011
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    I've done a lot of searching on this issue, found several articles, tried some solutions: Nothing works. The Windows Time service just fails to start at boot. It doesn't produce an error in the event logs; it just fails to start. But I can manually start it from Services. Or I can manually run the CMD program mentioned below and it starts without error.

    Suggestions from other articles which have made no difference:
    • Confirmed the permissions on the W32TIME keys in regedit.
    • Changed the logon from "Local Service" to "NT AUTHORITY\Local Service".
    • Changed it from Manual to Automatic start.

    My own ideas:
    • Edited the Recovery settings to add a 3rd step to run a CMD program that does "sc start W32TIME".
    • Added a short-cut to that same CMD program in the Startup folder (which is set to run as admin).

    Other ideas?
  2. Fixer1234

    Fixer1234 Senior Member

    Aug 3, 2012
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    Did you try creating a scheduled task for it? None of these workarounds should be necessary but if you can't find the cause, just try a bigger hammer.

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