Service Timeout

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Changing the Service Timeout on your VPS

Sometimes when updates are applied to Windows, the server will require a reboot. Since the server is applying updates, this can sometimes cause certain services to timeout during startup that normally would not. You can change the service timeout on your VPS via the registry to help prevent this problem. To change the timeout, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start > Run > and type regedit
  2. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  3. With the control folder selected, right-click in the pane on the right and select new DWORD Value
  4. Name the new DWORD: ServicesPipeTimeout
  5. Right-click ServicesPipeTimeout, and then click Modify
  6. Click Decimal, type 600000 (for a 10 minute timeout), and then click OK
  7. Restart the computer

This will change your timeout settings and give services longer to start up after updates before the server will auto time them out and kill the process.