Lee Wilbur
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Summary Configure Service Dependencies
Details If you need to manually configure service dependencies in Windows 2000, XP, or 2003, you must edit the registry entry for the service. For example, you have a database service that relies on a storage service to provide access to the storage device. You want to ensure the database service does not start prior to storage device becoming available.


  1. Open REGEDIT and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services
  2. Locate the service name for which you will be depending on. Note the name as it appears in REGEDIT.
  3. Locate the dependant service and click it once. Look for an item "DependOnService" of type REG_MULTI_SZ. If it is not listed, create it.
  4. Add the service name to the item's data (there should be one service per line when editing the data).
  5. Reboot the computer. (A reboot may not be necessary; you may attempt to test this by restarting the service you are depending on).

An example may be seen by reviewing the Browser Service.

Tip ID: 2Date Entered: 7/31/2005 5:55:43 AMLast Update: 7/31/2005 5:55:43 AM