Services may stop abruptly when you shut down or restart a Windows Small Business Server 2003-based computer

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When you shut down or restart a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003-based computer, services that run on the computer may immediately stop before the services can shut down correctly. Sometimes, the abrupt termination of these services may cause data loss.
This issue occurs because the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Setup program incorrectly changes the WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry value to a REG_DWORD type. This value is supposed to be a REG_SZ type. Therefore, the system interprets the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value as a 0-millisecond time-out, and immediately terminates services that are running.

To resolve this issue, you must delete the WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry value and then re-create the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value as a REG_SZ type. To do so, follow these steps.

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
  3. Right-click the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value, click Delete, and then click Yes to confirm the removal of the registry value.
  4. In the left pane of Registry Editor, right-click Control, point to New, and then click String Value.
  5. Create the following registry value:
    • Value name: WaitToKillServiceTimeout
    • Value type: REG_SZ
    • Value data: 120000
  6. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
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Article ID: 839262 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 06:45:33 - Revision: 1.2

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