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Make Windows 7 restart failed services for you

Bill Detwiler explains how you can use the Windows 7 Services Manager to automatically restart a failed service.

When a critical service fails in Windows 7, it can stop your users dead in their tracks. And, while it's always a good idea for IT to notice the failure and troubleshoot the underlying problem, sometimes you just need to restart the service as quickly as possible and get your users back up and running. So during this week's episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to configure a Windows 7 service to automatically restart after it fails.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

4 comments
hbrobinson
hbrobinson

Great video, thanks. Microsoft's documentation isn't as clear in this area... Unfortunately that there are some shortcomings when using the Windows recovery functionality. For example, a service must explicitly crash or else it will not be treated as failed. If, let's say, a user inadvertently stops the service, it will not be restarted! Our company created Service Protector to get around these problems. Service Protector will extend the regular recovery options with features like hang detection, memory/CPU hog identification and customized failure detection plugins to ensure that your service runs 24/7. It may be a good option for your readers who need an extra layer of protection... http://www.coretechnologies.com/products/ServiceProtector/

dgramm
dgramm

I have a problem with my boss's laptop where it randomly stops the print spooler with a message box saying 'Windows experienced a problem with the print spooler and stopped the service.' No other indication or message given. Laptop is a Dell Vostro 1700 running Vista Business SP2 and all his available printers are accessed through our wireless network. It has happened mainly while his PC was booting up and never while actually printing anything. I have manually restarted the spooler service and it takes off and runs for the rest of the day. I tried this fix and it is applicable to both Vista Home and Vista Business editions.

hugh_gautier
hugh_gautier

By hitting the OK at the end only set the change for that one time, but by hitting APPLY and then OK it set the change permanently. Which is what should have been explained in the TR-DOJO message.