Monday, June 3, 2013

The Parallel port driver service failed to start

After migrating virtual machines from Virtual Server 2005 to Hyper-V, the following error message was prompted during start-up:

 
 
In the system event log the following event is logged:
 
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Description:
The Parallel port driver service failed to start due to the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


Same event is logged after P2V migration of servers, in my case it was Windows Server 2003.
In order to prevent this error from showing, I have disabled Parport service from registry, by setting the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Parport\Start to 4.
 
The following values for Start parameter are possible:
 
2Automatic. This is the default setting.
3Manual.
4Disable.

 

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