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  • Hello,

    I have been facing these issues with Windows Vista from the past two months:

    1. Control Panel does not open.
    2. "My Computer" properties does not open.
    3. Windows Update does not work, even when I click on the tiny icon to the bottom right of the screen in the taskbar.
    4. Numerous other such related issues.

    When I tried to run the Windows Update on the Windows Defender, I get this error message:
    Error Code: 0x80070426

    I also tried following some troubleshooting steps to get rid of these issues. When I type "net start slsvc" in the command prompt, the following lines are displayed:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    C:\Windows\system32\net start slsvc
    The software licensing service is starting.
    The software licensing service could not be started.

    A system error has occurred.

    System error 5 has occurred.

    Access is denied.

    C:\Windows\system32>
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    These troubles are coming as a major inconvenience to me in using my laptop. If you could let me know what you think might be causing such behavior, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your time.

    -Sandy
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 8:26 PM

Answers

  • Hi Sandy,

      You are on the right track. The problem is, in fact, that your Vista's Software Licensing Service has stopped. Vista uses this service to check itself and confirm it is Genuine. When the service is stopped, Vista is unable to confirm it's own Genuine status and may show Genuine or Non-Genuine. The fact that the Service has stopped is also, most likely, the cause of other issues you may be experiencing (such as not having access to the Control Panel).

      Normally this is not a big problem, since you can just restart the Service. However, we have seen a number of users that receive an error when they attempt to restart the Service. This indicates a more serious 'root cause' to the service having stopped.

      What I would like you to do is to try to restart the service using the 'Service Restart' steps, below. If the service won't restart, you will receive an error.  (I know you have tried these steps already, but read thru then to ensure you did do them exactly)

     

    Service Restart steps:

    (If you have access to the Start button):

    1)    Click the Start button

    2)    Type: cmd in the Start Search field

    3)    At the top the Start window, you will see cmd.exe

    4)    Right Click cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator

    5)    Type: net start slsvc

     

    (If you do not have access to the Start button):

    1)    Click the option that launches an Internet Browser

    2)    A Browser will open, type: %windir%\system32 into the address field

    3)    Find the file cmd.exe

    4)    Right Click on the cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator

    5)    Type: net start slsvc

     

    A)   If the error message is "System Error 3, The system cannot find the path specified." or "System Error 2, The system cannot find the file specified": Go to the main Vista Validation forum page http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinevista/threads/, look in the announcement section and follow the steps found in thread "Fix for ‘Software Licensing service Has Stopped’ on some Vista 64bit systems"

     

    B)   If you receive any other error (System Error 5, System Error 57346 or System Error 54273): These occur as a result of massive file corruption.  We do not know what the root cause of the corruption is and this can be caused by any situation where files could be corrupted. However, from troubleshooting others that had this issue, the likeliest causes are either Malware Infection or failing Hard Drive.There are a few things you can try to resolve this issue

     

    a.    System Scan. The scan will look for bad Windows files and will attempt to repair them, if possible.

                                              i.    Login to Vista in Normal Mode (not safe mode)

                                            ii.    Launch an Internet Browser

                                           iii.    Type: %windir%\system32\ in the browser's address field

                                           iv.    Scroll down till you find the file cmd.exe

                                            v.    Right-click the file and select 'Run as Administrator'

                                           vi.    In the CMD window, type: sfc /scannow

                                          vii.    Reboot twice and see if that resolves the issue.

     

    b.    repairing Windows using System Restore:

                                              i.    Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

                                            ii.    Click the ‘Start’ button

                                           iii.    In the Start Search field, type: System Restore and hit “Enter” keyboard key

                                           iv.    Select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date Before you first noticed the issue.

                                            v.    Click the "Next" button.

                                           vi.    Reboot back into Normal mode

    If neither of these sets of steps resolves the issue, my only other suggestions would be either to contact Vista support at http://support.microsoft.com or reinstall Vista.

     

     

    C)   If you receive no System Error and the Service start but then stops almost immediately: Something is apparently activity stopping the service. Most likely caused by some other dependent Windows Service or possibly a Malware infection. While the Software Licensing Service, itself, is part of the Anti-piracy sub-system, the running (and stopping) of Windows Services is a Vista core system that I have no insight to and is supported by Vista support at http://support.microsoft.com

    Hope that helps,
    Darin MS

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010 9:23 PM

All replies

  • Hello JumpingJupiter,

    In order to receive the best support, we request all users initially download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool (MGADiag.exe) at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue", click the "Copy" button then “Paste” the report into a reply message in this thread.

     

    If you do not have access to the Start Button:

    1)    Login to Vista and click the option that brings up Internet Explorer.

    2)    Type: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 into the browser address bar.

    3)    A window will come up asking if you want to “Run” or “Save”, Select “Run”

    4)    When the program runs, click the “Continue” button, then click the “Copy” button.

    5)    Return to this thread http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinevista/thread/0a766766-59a6-4b1c-a887-375eb8107fbc.

    6)    In a reply post, paste the Diagnostic Report.


    Thank you,
    Darin MS

    Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:28 PM
  • No reply from original poster.

    Closing thread as Answered.

    Darin MS
    Monday, February 22, 2010 11:10 PM
  • Hello Darin MS,

    I appreciate your quick response in trying to resolve this issue. After following your instructions to run the diagnostic test, I obtained the following results:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0019.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50

    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070426
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-27HYQ-XTKW2-WQD8Q
    Windows Product Key Hash: U8YEZzymoD4DMyaMb32rPrNIS90=
    Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00061
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003
    ID: {2AC2386C-1D83-46B6-8A3B-BBD593007246}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6001.vistasp1_gdr.090302-1506
    TTS Error: 
    Validation Diagnostic: 
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: 6.0.6002.16398

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 108 Invalid VLK
    Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 - 108 Invalid VLK
    Microsoft Office Professional 2007 - 100 Genuine
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3_E2AD56EA-765-d003_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-134-80004005_B4D0AA8B-920-80070057_E2AD56EA-765-d003_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-134-80004005

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{2AC2386C-1D83-46B6-8A3B-BBD593007246}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0019.0</Version><OS>6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-WQD8Q</PKey><PID>89578-OEM-7332157-00061</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-3589203703-1196566924-3026091967</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Hewlett-Packard</Manufacturer><Model>HP Pavilion dv2700 Notebook PC</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Phoenix</Manufacturer><Version>F.2E</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20081201000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>B8323507018400FA</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>HPQOEM</OEMID><OEMTableID>SLIC-MPC</OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>108</Result><Products><Product GUID="{90120000-0030-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>108</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>7480B9502DF0D86</Val><Hash>oYWOW5ayFE3pZ+jvTpuXYsY64JE=</Hash><Pid>89388-707-8722531-65596</Pid><PidType>14</PidType></Product><Product GUID="{91120000-0014-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Professional 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><PidType>19</PidType></Product><Product GUID="{91120000-002F-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>5F4B7C44268DB00</Val><Hash>zL5JdvXYw6CpIUPilpQHmu1XjEg=</Hash><Pid>81602-384-2910621-68381</Pid><PidType>10</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="15" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="19" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1A" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="44" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="A1" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="BA" Version="12" Result="108"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  

    Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

    Licensing Data-->
    Software Licensing service is not running.

    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    N/A

    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: PAAAAAEABgABAAIAAQABAAAAAwABAAEAeqg46FLf/nD+bjqw1iBGSUaDYo28/iAu8vRijzzotNSsViqF

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
    Windows marker version: 0x20000
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
    BIOS Information: 
      ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
      APIC PTLTD APIC  
      FACP INTEL CRESTLNE
      HPET INTEL CRESTLNE
      BOOT PTLTD $SBFTBL$
      MCFG INTEL CRESTLNE
      TCPA Intel CRESTLN
      TMOR PTLTD        
      SLIC HPQOEM SLIC-MPC
      SSDT SataRe SataAhci
      SSDT SataRe SataAhci
      SSDT SataRe SataAhci

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



    Do let me know if you can figure something out of this. If possible, I'd appreciate it if you shot me an e-mail at sandeep_991@hotmail.com. Thank you very much for your assistance.

    Regards,
    Sandy


    Saturday, March 6, 2010 4:02 AM
  • Hi Sandy,

      You are on the right track. The problem is, in fact, that your Vista's Software Licensing Service has stopped. Vista uses this service to check itself and confirm it is Genuine. When the service is stopped, Vista is unable to confirm it's own Genuine status and may show Genuine or Non-Genuine. The fact that the Service has stopped is also, most likely, the cause of other issues you may be experiencing (such as not having access to the Control Panel).

      Normally this is not a big problem, since you can just restart the Service. However, we have seen a number of users that receive an error when they attempt to restart the Service. This indicates a more serious 'root cause' to the service having stopped.

      What I would like you to do is to try to restart the service using the 'Service Restart' steps, below. If the service won't restart, you will receive an error.  (I know you have tried these steps already, but read thru then to ensure you did do them exactly)

     

    Service Restart steps:

    (If you have access to the Start button):

    1)    Click the Start button

    2)    Type: cmd in the Start Search field

    3)    At the top the Start window, you will see cmd.exe

    4)    Right Click cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator

    5)    Type: net start slsvc

     

    (If you do not have access to the Start button):

    1)    Click the option that launches an Internet Browser

    2)    A Browser will open, type: %windir%\system32 into the address field

    3)    Find the file cmd.exe

    4)    Right Click on the cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator

    5)    Type: net start slsvc

     

    A)   If the error message is "System Error 3, The system cannot find the path specified." or "System Error 2, The system cannot find the file specified": Go to the main Vista Validation forum page http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinevista/threads/, look in the announcement section and follow the steps found in thread "Fix for ‘Software Licensing service Has Stopped’ on some Vista 64bit systems"

     

    B)   If you receive any other error (System Error 5, System Error 57346 or System Error 54273): These occur as a result of massive file corruption.  We do not know what the root cause of the corruption is and this can be caused by any situation where files could be corrupted. However, from troubleshooting others that had this issue, the likeliest causes are either Malware Infection or failing Hard Drive.There are a few things you can try to resolve this issue

     

    a.    System Scan. The scan will look for bad Windows files and will attempt to repair them, if possible.

                                              i.    Login to Vista in Normal Mode (not safe mode)

                                            ii.    Launch an Internet Browser

                                           iii.    Type: %windir%\system32\ in the browser's address field

                                           iv.    Scroll down till you find the file cmd.exe

                                            v.    Right-click the file and select 'Run as Administrator'

                                           vi.    In the CMD window, type: sfc /scannow

                                          vii.    Reboot twice and see if that resolves the issue.

     

    b.    repairing Windows using System Restore:

                                              i.    Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

                                            ii.    Click the ‘Start’ button

                                           iii.    In the Start Search field, type: System Restore and hit “Enter” keyboard key

                                           iv.    Select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date Before you first noticed the issue.

                                            v.    Click the "Next" button.

                                           vi.    Reboot back into Normal mode

    If neither of these sets of steps resolves the issue, my only other suggestions would be either to contact Vista support at http://support.microsoft.com or reinstall Vista.

     

     

    C)   If you receive no System Error and the Service start but then stops almost immediately: Something is apparently activity stopping the service. Most likely caused by some other dependent Windows Service or possibly a Malware infection. While the Software Licensing Service, itself, is part of the Anti-piracy sub-system, the running (and stopping) of Windows Services is a Vista core system that I have no insight to and is supported by Vista support at http://support.microsoft.com

    Hope that helps,
    Darin MS

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010 9:23 PM
  • Hi Darin MS, 

    Your responses so far have been really helpful and insightful. Thank you once again for being so patient and trying the best you can to help resolve the issues I'm facing. I did as you asked me to and typed "net start slsvc" in the command window as an administrator. This is what the command window looked like after I typed the above command:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
    Copyright <c> 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>net start slsvc
    The Software Licensing service is starting.
    The Software Licensing service was started successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Since there was no indication of an error, I assumed that my problems were resolved and tried opening control panel to see if it would show up. It didn't, there was a momentary flash of the control panel window on screen and it subsequently disappeared. I was wondering if you have a solution for this issue. If not, I'll go ahead and reinstall the Operating System, the only problem being that I'll have to create back-ups of all my files on C:\.

    Please let me know when convenient for you. I appreciate your time.

    Regards,
    Sandy
    Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:06 AM