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Error 0x80070426. Also can't activate Software Protection!

  1. #1


    UK
    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

    Error 0x80070426. Also can't activate Software Protection!


    These are the instructions I found googling my problem:

    1. Type services.msc, and then press Enter.

    2. In the list of services locate Software Licensing
    3. Right-click it, select Properties
    4. Change “Startup type:” to Automatic, then click OK
    5. You may then need to select Software Licensing again then click “Restart the service”
    (from Windows Activation Error, Error Code 0x80070426? - Microsoft Community)

    My problem is I can't start the Software Protection. A few minutes later, it just turns itself off. So without starting it, I can't even change the Startup type.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)


    Update!

    I found a way to change start-up type by editing regedit.

    Here's how:
    ctrl + r
    regedit
    enter
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sppsvc
    Double click 'Start' key to change value
    Do the same for 'DelayedAutoStart'

    Change accordingly:
    Automatic (Delayed Start) DelayedAutostart = 1

    Start = 2
    Automatic DelayedAutostart = 0

    Start = 2
    Manual DelayedAutostart = 0

    Start = 3
    Disabled DelayedAutostart = 0

    Start = 4

    Now, my problem is that the service turns itself off automatically, after a few minutes. Someone please chip in.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)


    Quote from Microsoft forums: "By default, the Software Protection Service will start and stop on demand, which means, the service will be started when it’s called. This is a normal behavior in Windows Server 2008 R2."

    Okay. Now what... I can't install any programs from the Microsoft Store, the error 0x80070426 comes up.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Best best would be to check Event log for anything associated with sppsvc.exe...there may be some pointers as to why it's breaking.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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