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Can not Start Terminal Services

Termnial Services service enables users to connect to the computer remotely from some other PC. If this service is not running you can not set up remote desktop connection and you can’t even configure RDP settings in My computer properties.

You can start the service from Service management console. Starting Terminal Services may fail and pop up an error window with the following message in it.

“The terminal Services service on Local computer started and then stopped. Some services start automatically if they have no work to do, for example the Performance Logs and Alert Service.”

And if you try to start Terminal Services service from command line you would get the following error

H:>net start TermService
The Terminal Services service could not be started.

The service did not report an error.

More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3534.


The solution for the above problem is to change the registry settings for Terminal Server. Open registry editor from Run and open the below mentioned node.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlTerminal Server

Now set the data in the registry value TSEnabled to 1.

Reboot the machine to make the changes effective.   After reboot, you can see that Termnial Services service is up and running.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Anonymous July 7, 2011, 2:11 am

    i have problem about the Terminal Services but for my problem my PC dont have at all the Terminal Services on Services. how do i add Terminal Services on Services?

  • Techblogger July 7, 2011, 4:56 am

    Which edition of Windows you have? XP home, Vista home and windows 7 home editions does not support Terminal services. However you can connect to other PCs from these editions but you can't run the server part of the remote desktop.

  • parveen December 27, 2013, 9:30 am

    I have XP SP3 in these window service terminal service not available &
    when we download the instant searchcfor outlook than window shown enable terminal service first.

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