Issue: ‘The service did not respond in a timely fashion’ / Changing the Value of ServicesPipeTimeout has no effect

Many articles in the internet deal with the issue that services do not start in a decent ammount of time on Windows Server 2008R2
The most common sultion for this is this one:
– Open the registry with administrative rights
– Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
– On the right side, change the value of ServicesPipeTimeout to 60000 (this is the timeout in ms after wich windows displays the start error if the services takes longer) The default value is 30000
– If the value ServicesPipeTimeout does not exist, create a new DWORD Value, name it ServicesPipeTimeout and edit its value data to 60000 (decimal)
– Restart the server

Unfortunately sometimes changing the value does not seem to have any effect on  the default 30 seconds and we still get the error after the default value of time.

I have read many articles about that. Some of them deal with the upgrading of the servers VM CPUs / RAM to speed up the service start and some use PS-Scripts to avoid the default 30 second timeout.

But there is a much more simple solution that worked out for me:
– Open the registry with administrative rights
– Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
– Delete the value ServicesPipeTimeout
– Restart the server
– Open the registry with administrative rights
– Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
– Add the value as mentioned above
– Restart the server

After doing this, the service should have 60 seconds to start instead of the default value of 30.

3 thoughts on “Issue: ‘The service did not respond in a timely fashion’ / Changing the Value of ServicesPipeTimeout has no effect

  1. Has anyone else found that running defrag C: /V /X causes many services to stop and start much more quickly on Win 2008 R2?

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