Sharepoint Insight by Namwar Rizvi

Sharepoint Tips, Tricks and inside knowledge from real world experience by Namwar Rizvi

Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer

Posted by namwar on August 12, 2008


It is really frustrating if you see the error “Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer” after running Sharepoint Product and Technologies Wizard when you know that there is nothing wrong from your side. After researching on internet I found an article here which describes four possible solutions. In my opinion, the fourth solution is the best and works 90% of the time. Following is the solution (All credit goes to original author):

Step 1

On the machine where psconfig failed to start the SPAdmin service run:

%commonprogramfiles%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN\psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

Step 2

Modify the service timeout values in the Registry:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control add/modify DWORD value ServicesPipeTimeout to 60000 (60 seconds)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control add/modify STRING value WaitToKillServiceTimeout to 120000 (120 seconds)

Step 3

Restart the server machine.

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2 Responses to “Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer”

  1. Jose said

    Excelente. Gracias por la ayuda. Funcione perfecto.

  2. d3vlabs said

    thank you. this worked

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