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The Application Virtualization client service may hang in the "Starting" state

Source: Microsoft Support
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Symptom
The Application Virtualization Client Service may not complete its startup as indicated by the service remaining in the "Starting" state indefinitely. If this occurs then attempts to launch any virtualized applications may fail.
Cause
This can occur if there is a conflict between the App-V client service and another process that initializes as part of system startup.
Resolution


Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

It may be possible to work around the issue by delaying the start time of the App-V client service until the first user successfully logs in. Follow these steps in order to delay the start of the Application Virtualization Client Service:

Step 1:

  1. Using regedit, navigate to the key named "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run".
  2. Remove the SoftGridTray value from this key. The SoftGridTray value will contain a path. For example:

    SoftGridTray="C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client\SFTTray.exe" /autostart

Step 2:

  1. Open the "Services" control panel applet.
  2. Display properties for the service called "Application Virtualization Client".
  3. Change the "Startup type" field from "Automatic" to "Manual".
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Article ID: 973756 - Last Review: 07/16/2009 14:54:33 - Revision: 1.0

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