The Services snap-in times out with error 1053


The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Services snap-in will wait up to 125 seconds for a service control operation to finish. If the operation has not completed within this time limit, the following error message will appear:

Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
NOTE: This error message does not indicate that an error has actually occurred within the service. It simply means that the Services snap-in has timed out. The service process will continue to run until the operation has completed.


This behavior is by design.

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The MMC Services snap-in can be used to control services. This snap-in allows a system administrator to start, stop, pause, resume, or restart a service.

When any control operation is initiated, the Services snap-in displays a progress dialog box with the title "Service Control". If a service requires a significant amount of time to process an operation, the progress bar will slowly increment as the Services snap-in waits for the operation to finish. After 125 seconds, the progress bar will be full and the Services snap-in will display the error 1053 (ERROR_SERVICE_REQUEST_TIMEOUT) message. The service process itself will continue its operation as usual even after the error message has appeared.

The 125-second timeout within the Services snap-in is a hard-coded limit and cannot be changed through the registry.

The Service Control dialog box contains a Close button. If the dialog box is closed before the wait limit has expired, the error message will not be displayed.