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Can't change Software Protection properties (services.msc)

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Can't change Software Protection properties (services.msc)


    Good day to all. I'm having a hard time changing my software protection properties, specifically the startup type in the General tab. I will attach an image of what it looks like (will the picture enlarge when you click it?):

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    If you look at it, the startup type is grayed out and cannot be selected and changed. I have tried searching for remedies for this and some people said that I should temporarily disable my antivirus software, and so I did. But to no avail. I'm also the admin and the sole user in this computer. Can anyone please help me? Thank you so much for taking your time in reading this.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    It is grayed out, because disabling it might cause problems, like loosing your activation, un-ability to install updates, etc, I have it set to Automatic and it is not running. If you want to disable it, do it via registry.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sppsvc]
    "Start"=dword:00000004
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    It is grayed out, because disabling it might cause problems, like loosing your activation, un-ability to install updates, etc, I have it set to Automatic and it is not running. If you want to disable it, do it via registry.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sppsvc]
    "Start"=dword:00000004
    Thank you so much!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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