More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3534

Whoever writes these error messages doesn’t understand the meaning of “more”.

C:\Documents and Settings\Elliot>net start msiserver
The Windows Installer service is starting.
The Windows Installer service could not be started.

The service did not report an error.

More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3534.

C:\Documents and Settings\Elliot>net helpmsg 3534

The service did not report an error.

19 Responses to “More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3534”

  1. pd says:

    Did you ever find out why this was happening.
    I have the same problem with my service but it works fine on windows 2000 / 2003 but I get this error on windows xp.

    Thanks for the help

  2. Mamta says:

    I m also facing same problem on windows XP.
    Can any one help it out….

  3. GB says:

    They also don’t understand the meaning of the word “explanation”, see

    Error 3534
    The service did not report an error.

    Explanation: The service did not report an error.

  4. Adeel Hussain says:

    I have the same problem on window xp. I have resolved this by clearing the event log and then start the service. This time the service started successfully with no error message.

  5. Sv. says:

    hi all,

    i also have got the same error..

  6. patrick says:

    in my case, this was permissions on a log file, that i had to delete so the service could rewrite them with the proper permissions. But to find this, i looked at the event log which pointed me to this issue. specifically:
    1. right click my computer
    2. click manage
    3. goto: computer management -> systeme tools -> event viewer -> application
    4. look for a Red X and type “error”, then make sure the “source” is the same service that you have trouble starting, read the information and error and look for the exact file causing the problem. If it’s a log file just delete the file and start the service, or use the information in the event to find another solution.

  7. Gourav says:

    Thanks A LOT…………..

  8. andres says:

    Has anyone tried Patrick’s suggestion? (post date:3/24/2009 at 11:25)
    deleting the log file.

    I’d like to add; before deleting right click and “save as” for a backup. better safe then sorry.

    although i can not see why a error log might preform a

  9. Krishan says:

    I had issue Same issue with Windows 2003 Server

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  11. eme says:

    I have an error like net logon service start and stopped.some service stops automatically if they have no work to do, for example the performance logs and alerts service.(this is the error i got pls give me a solution………….

  12. JALIN says:

    Patrick thx. u help my problum :)

  13. Quick says:

    Thank you :)

  14. german says:

    Muchas gracias, fue muy útil la información, pude resolver el problema…

  15. I personally forget to edit the config file to add an endpoint

  16. Mark says:

    Thanks Patrick. Clearing out the error logs has allowed the SMS service to start.

  17. Tim says:

    1) make sure the service account has logon a service right in the local security policy
    2) Make sure the permissions to the folder are given to the service account
    3) Change the service account using the services app in control panel and make sure you can change the password and not get access denied

    I ended up logging in with the service account and then running services as administrator and was able to change the password and start the service.

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