How to fix Windows 7 error, “Security Center service can’t be started?”

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After getting a Windows Security Alert, I went into control panel>system and security>action panel, where it shows that “Windows Security Center service is turned off.” When I try to turn it on by clicking the “turn on now” box, I get a pop-up window that says “Security Center can’t be started.” Any ideas how I can fix this?

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StillADotcommer
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This can take a little effort to fix. A common reason this happens is a trojan, virus or malware made it onto your computer, and one of the things it did was take out Security Center, probably by changing the registry. First thing to do is make sure that your anti-virus software is up to date, then run a complete system scan. Then follow this guide from Microsoft, and hopefully you can get everything back to normal. There is a “fix it for me” tool on this page that you might want to try, but to be honest I have not had much success using it.  

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2519899

jimlynch
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2519899

"Follow the appropriate steps for your version of Windows:

Windows 8
Tap and swipe from the right edge of the screen, or press Windows logo key+C.
Tap or click the Search charm, and then click Settings.
In the Search box, type services.
Tap or click View local services.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista
Click Start.
In the Start search box, type services.
In the Programs list, click Services.

2. In the details pane, right-click (or tap and hold) Security Center, and then tap or click Properties.

3. In the Startup type list, tap or click Automatic (Delayed Start).

4. The screen shot for Security Center Properties dialog box
In the Service Status area, tap or click Start.

Notes

If the service starts successfully, tap or click Apply, tap or click OK, and then close the Services window.
If you receive an error message that resembles the following message when you click Start, go to step 6 to reconfigure the log on user for the service:
"Windows could not start the Security Center service on Local Computer. Error 1079: The account specified for this service differs from the account specified for other services running in the same process."

5. In the Security Center Properties dialog box, tap or click the Log On tab, and then tap or click Browse.

6. In the Enter the object name to select box, type your computer name.

7. Tap or click Check Names, and then tap or click OK when the name is authenticated.
8. In the Password box, type the administrator password.
9. In the Confirm password box, retype the administrator password.
10. Tap or click Apply, and then tap or click OK.
11. Close the Services window."

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