Posted by: Draško Sarić | April 8, 2008

“Service Problem – service on local computer started and then stopped”

Reason: log files are probably full.


  • right click on “My Computer”
  • choose Manage
  • right click on Application log
  • choose Properties
  • change maximum log size to bigger value
  • check “Overwrite events when needed”

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  1. Lifesaver! I’ve been developing a windows service, then all of a sudden it stopped working, stripped the service to bare bones and it still wasn’t working. This solved it.


  2. I am glad that these tips are helpful to someone out there.

    Bye. 🙂

    • Hi;
      Thanks man. Your post was really usefull.
      I was having this problem for last 3 days annd was not able to find any solution. Then i decided to use net to resolve this.
      Your post did the job.


  3. Slimmer says : I absolutely agree with this !

  4. Thanks very much

  5. Exactly what I needed — thank you!

  6. didnt work for me 😦

  7. Thanks very much

  8. Interesting article

  9. thank you man . i love you 😀

  10. Does not solve my problem on Windows Vista Sp1.
    any other idea ?

  11. Thank you so much for the help, it solved the issue I was having.

  12. I have the same problem, but even after increasing the log size, the service starts and stops with a message that windows stops the services if it is not used by other services or applications.
    I am using windows Vista home premium. The service is OC4J Java service for the OBIEE application. Please help.

    • Can you please provide full error description?


  13. I can’t find
    ‘right click on Application log’

    where is it???
    I’m using XP SP2

    • Sorry,

      after choosing Manage, span tree under “Event Viewer” and click on “Application”. Then, follow describe procedure.


  14. Gracias, sos un capo

  15. As I have just found out – Certain Services – notably the FAX service will not run at all if the event view is turned off.

    It behaves exactly the same as if the log is full.

    Turning the event viewer back on solves the problem.

  16. Awesome! These little damn things…Thanks! 🙂

  17. hi bro,
    I have this problem. I can’t start squid proxy service.

    The Squid Service on Local computer started and stopeed. Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do, for example, Performance Logs and Alerts Service.

    So, How can i start my squid proxy service? I run squid on my XP service pack 3.

  18. Thank you very much! I was looking for some answer for a hour! You saved my life!

  19. you mention I believe for XP users (to find the defender log) to…under “Event Viewer” and click on “Application”. Then, follow describe procedure’, but in Vista Ho Prem (me looking for a defender log to hopefully delete so as to efix whatever’s causing it to not update it’s definitions), I don’t see anything like you’ve referred to anywhere in this post’s string. All I see in ‘manage’ is (below event viewer tree) is Windows Logs and Applications and Services Logs with nothing anywhere for a Defender log. To add more muck to my muck-dom, the event viewer lists an “event ID 0 from source McciCMService cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.” which it’s Event Log Online link oddly fails with an error prompt titled Windows Script Host – basically saying ‘error – no application us associated w/the specified file for this operation, code 80070483 and source null. I’m so ready to format and install a usable OS, XP Pro. Any help appreciated though.

  20. Oops, I missed ticking the ‘notify me of follow-up…’ regarding my last (above)post.

    Anyway I’m thinking maybe it’s simplier for everyone to follow other post’s suggestions when Defender doesn’t work right (like it’s actually useful) is to…

    Go to the main Windows Update window and click on “Installed

    Updates” (on the left-hand side of the window, at the bottom),

    and then remove “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB931099)” (only).

    Reboot. Reboot again.

    Go back to Windows Update, and re-install the same update, by clicking on the Check for Updates button.

    This should essentially re-install Windows Defender on Vista.

    I found that at…

  21. Thanks for the tip on the Application Log, saved us weeks of messing about.

  22. This was not the answer for me, however, checking the application log file I did see that my service was trying to access a folder which was not there and was continuously giving an error in the application log, but when trying to start it, it only showed the message mentioned here.

    This post made me look in the right place. Thanks!

    • same happened with me.. different problem but checking the log file identified what it was.. piece of advice to new developers is to run the service as a self console app and then only port to windows services, that will make debugging easier

  23. I do have this error.
    The OracleClientCache80 service on Local Computer started and then stopped. And bla bla bla. The rest of the services on my xp machine is running good. But above one is stopped.

    • Did you try above possible solution? If that’s not working, than I guess the problem lies on OracleClientCache80 service side.

  24. you save my sleeping time 😀

  25. Thanks a lot. I was killing myself trying to figure out why the service was stopping immediately.

  26. I followed these steps to get out of this problem.

    1) Click Run Command from start buttin
    2) Enter Services.msc then click OK,you will get all the services in your computer.
    3) Select your service and right click on the service and select Properties
    4) Goto Logon Properties à select Local System Account then click OK


  27. I followed these steps but doesn’t seems to be solving my problem. I have a 32bit and 64bit xp supported setup file for imagelan, and am willing to install on win7 as there are no other versions available, the setup for 32bit completes successfully and lists down the service, but am getting this same error even after following these steps.

  28. Worked for me!

  29. Worked for me too!

  30. worked for me too!!!!….u r a life saver…..

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  32. thanks for the tip the service starts now

  33. computer information,if computer are not start what is the priblem they are?

  34. Worked for me!!!!
    Thanks a lot……..

  35. It worked for me, too. Thanks a lot for your instructions.

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  38. thanks alot
    worked well

  39. I followed the steps but could not found properties on right click of application log ……….i am using Windows 7 Enterprise …I also foll srinivas step but again bad luck ..plz help ????????? if anybody have useful suggestion please reply ……

  40. please provide me solution…solution given above dont solve my problem

  41. Thank you!

    The server on which the problem has had low disk space so clean all log’s and bingo!

    • It didnt work for me

  42. It didnt work,my error log file show to me like below
    Task failed: initialize ERSSD. Terminating configuration.
    Configuration failed.

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