How To Restore Windows Services in Windows 7, 8, and 10

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REstore Windows Services

How To Restore Windows Services in Windows 7, 8, and 10

If you’re having trouble with any Windows Services these downloadable registry files can reset them to their defaults.

Windows Services are a type of applications that run in the background and include system resources such as Windows Update, printing, file serving, network functions, error reporting, diagnostic services, and more.

From time to time a Windows Service might quit working; Windows Updates can cause some Windows services to stop working, registry keys can become corrupted, a service can be deleted or missing, and malware can change system functionality. Restoring a service back to the default will often fix the issue.

That’s where these downloadable registry files come in. It’s hard to find the defaults for registry keys that aren’t configured properly, and it’s time and energy intensive to change them by hand. Changing them manually can be risky, if you don’t get the keys figured precisely you can cause your device to have more problems or not work.

These three web pages maintained by Shawn Brink have the proper defaults for services running in Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10. Download and run the registry file to restore defaults for any service that isn’t working. The Windows 8 and Windows pages have the option to download all the files in one zip file. These three sites have an incredible amount of resources for Windows, if I'm looking for an answer to a Windows issue I can often find it here.
Note that some services may not be present on all systems.

Before making any changes to the registry, a system back up is recommended. Exporting the registry before making changes is also a good idea; if a problem arises the original registry settings can be imported. Changes to the registry can cause a system to become unstable or not working.

Recently an update from Microsoft caused Windows Update to stop working on my system. I spent some weeks looking at fixes, and none of the many suggestions worked. The issue turned out to be a corrupted registry entry. I downloaded the Windows Update registry file from the Windows 10 web page, ran it, restarted the computer, and Windows Update was back to normal.

Services - Restore Default Services in Windows 7

Services - Restore Default Services in Windows 8

Restore Default Services in Windows 10


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Rhiannon, thanks for pointing out this resource. Shawn Brink, the Administrator of the Tenforums site is one of the Rock Stars of Windows tech support. I have consulted his tutorials many times. In fact just a few days ago I used one of his tutorials to do a Repair Install with in-place 'upgrade' of my Win10 desktop, and it worked flawlessly. My gratitude to all those like Shawn and yourself for helping us keep our computers running well.

I completely agree with you about Shawn Brink. :)
I prefer in place upgrades/reinstallion myself unless I'm reformatting a drive too.

Think tweaking.com does this and a lot more. The basic program is freeware.

It's a good program and I've used it, though for this particular issue it's more than is needed. Booting into Safe Mode to run the program and going through all the options and then running repairs takes quite a while. Or it did the last time I ran it - over an hour. Might be my system, I haven't used it on my laptop.