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At least one service failed message appears but nothing in event log

Posted on 2007-11-19
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I receive this message on system startup:

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Application Popup
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      26
Date:            11/19/2007
Time:            10:16:14 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      XXXX
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Application popup: Service Control Manager  : At least one service or driver failed during system startup.  Use Event Viewer to examine the event log for details.


For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

The event log does not contain any errors.  All services that are set to start automatically have a status of 'Started'.  

Thanks for your help!
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by:Haze0830
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This can be a pretty generic event ID.

The obvious first question would be: Is there anything NOT working?
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by:TomPro
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Everything seems fine. Would there be a way to hide that message at least for a non-admin user?
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by:Haze0830
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Not that I'm aware of. Did you check your device manager to ensure that there are no driver issues there? Typically if it was a service that failed to start then there would be an entry in the System Log telling you what service failed to start. Since there is no entry I would take a look in Device Manager to make sure there isn't a problem there. Sounds like it could be a driver.

But I've also seen this happen once and never happen again - so it could be absolutely nothing.
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by:TomPro
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The service or driver failed message is repeatable on every reboot.

The only device not working in the device manager is a 'multimedia audio controller' and we have that disabled since we do not need sound.  The device has a red x over its icon.

Viewing the driver detials of this disabled device shows 'No driver files are required or have been loaded for this device'.  So I do not think that device is an issue.
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by:Haze0830
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I wouldn't think so either. And there are no warnings or errors in your event log? That's puzzling...
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by:opie6373
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http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/14892/14892.html
to disable the popup at boot.

that is strange that it gives that popup and no warnings or errors in the event log.  does the server hang at startup at all?  if so, enable verbose logging
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325376

i don't as long as all your services are starting properly and there are no other errors or symptoms i would not be too worried about it.

my server does it too but it does have another error in conjunction
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by:TomPro
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opie6373, I tried your link suggestions for disabling the message, hoping it could narrow down the culrit but the solutions in article did not suppress the message.  Looking elsewhere for help, others suggested it could be a startup script but we are not running logon scripts.
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oper6373, thanks for your attention but the link you just posted is exactly the same as you posted back on 11/19.  The other link has the same info for modifying the NoPopUpsOnBoot registry key.  This did not disable the service failed to start message.
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SOLUTION!!!!

I found this link to a script which checks for services that are currently not running but were set to start.
http://www.jsifaq.com/SF/Tips/Tip.aspx?id=1261

It found a handful of services on the system and I set the ErrorControl key for each of the services to 0 to ignore the error.  (see http://www.jsifaq.com/SF/Tips/Tip.aspx?id=0324 for a description of each of the resgitry keys associated with the service).

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by:TomPro
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I'm closing the question, but awarding some points to Opie and Haze just for the help.  Thanks guys.
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No problem. Thank you.
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My recommendation:
20494564 should be the accepted solution.
I'd like to give 100 pts each to Haze0830 and Opie6373 for their help.

Thank you
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Closed, 500 points refunded.
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