Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Windows Security Center: Windows Security Center service can’t be started (was no longer installed)

When trying to get the Windows Security Center (WSC) started on a Windows Vista machine after cleaning a virus infection we saw:


We looked for the service in Services.MSC with it nowhere to be found:


We ran sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt:


The above did not work.

So we ran a registry Merge to try and bring it back:


That did not work. The service did not reappear.

So, we followed the instructions located here:

We paused the WMI service, deleted the Repository folder indicated, and rebooted. Note that the Repository folder did _not_ show up after we un-paused the WMI service. It showed up after the reboot.


We obviously still have some issues to work through but at least we have the Security Center back.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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