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Error 1083 “The executable program that this service is configured to run in does not implement the service”

When you attempt to start some Windows services using the Services MMC or command-line, error 1083 or 1053 is shown, and the service fails to start. Here is the error message verbatim:

Windows could not start the [service name] service on Local Computer.Error 1083: The executable program that this service is configured to run in does not implement the service

This article tells you how to fix the error 1083 and 1053 when turning on a Windows service which is hosted by svchost.exe.

Fix Error 1083 “The executable program that this service is configured to run in does not implement the service”

To fix Services error 1083 and 1053 in any version of Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Services console by running services.msc from Run dialog.
  2. Double-click the service that you want to start (but unable to).
  3. In the General tab of the service properties, note down the following:
    • The short name of the service
    • Service host group name
  4. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and go to the following branch:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Svchost
  5. In the right-pane, double-click the service host group registry value. In this case, we’ve found the host group to be LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation for the Smart Card service.
  6. Add the service’s short name (in this case, its SCardSvr) anywhere in the multi-string value. Refer to the following image.
  7. Click OK to close the multi-string value text box.
  8. Exit the Registry Editor and restart Windows.
Service host group name is mentioned as an additional switch/parameter for svchost.exe, and it’s highlighted in [Figure 1] above. The service host group can be any one of the following, depending upon how each service is implemented:
  • LocalService
  • LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
  • LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
  • LocalServiceNoNetwork
  • LocalServiceNoNetworkFirewall
  • LocalServicePeerNet
  • LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • netsvcs
  • NetworkService
  • NetworkServiceAndNoImpersonation
  • NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted

The above steps should resolve error 1083 and 1053 when starting a Windows service.

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