Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - Save & Share - 4 Comments

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 whereĀ 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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4 Responses to “Cannot start service SPAdmin on computer”

Comment from Jose
Time April 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Excelente. Gracias por la ayuda. Funcione perfecto.

Comment from d3vlabs
Time February 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

thank you. this worked

Comment from Step By Step
Time September 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

It works! Thanks a lot!

Comment from Marc
Time May 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

works perfect, thanks.

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