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Windows 8.1 Software Protection service cannot start

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Windows 8.1 Software Protection service cannot start


    I have tried all the solutions that are possible with Windows, and I haven't once gotten the service to work because of error 1058: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. Can anyone please help me? I have my Windows 10 reserved already, because I hope that OS will fix this problem. Everything to do with the Software Protection service is gray and I cannot do anything with it. I may replace the sppsvc.exe entirely with a retail 8.1's copy and see if that helps.

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  2. #2


    Swapping files is not advisable...
    The cause could be AV blocking it, or some thridparty app...
    Try verifying with the sfc /scannow and Dism /Restorehealth commands.
    The service must be run from the Task (SvcRestartTask\Microsoft\Windows\SoftwareProtectionPlatform) as it needs NT Authority credentials.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I do not have an actual antivirus, except for Windows Defender.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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