How to Resolve Error 1053

The following error message may be displayed and it may take you much longer than normal to stop or pause a managed Microsoft Windows service:

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.

Note: Here, service_name represents that name of the Managed Windows service you are tying to stop or pause.

Cause of the Error

This error usually occurs when there are some problems between the service you are trying to stop/pause and the Advapi32.dll file. This DLL file is part of one of the advanced API services library that supports several APIs that include several security and registry calls.

Technical explanation: When you attempt to stop or pause a service, the OnStop method is directly called by the ServiceBase class directly from the Service common handler. This handler is defined in the ScDispatcherLoop of Advapi32.dll. If this ScDispatcherLoop thread is unable to receive any new service command from the service control manager it is marked as time out and error 1053 is displayed.

Resolution Method

This issue has been identified by Microsoft and is rectified in the latest Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. To download the latest Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 service pack, open the “How to obtain Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1” Web page and then follow the given instructions.

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