Windows 10: DNS Client Service will not start Solved

  1.    19 Dec 2017 #1

    DNS Client Service will not start

    If I open the DNS Client Service (Dnscache) in Services.msc, the Startup Type drop down box is greyed out, so I cannot change the startup type. It was disabled and I wanted to change it to Automatic but cannot from the Services utility. So I changed the Start value to 2 in the Registry for the Dnscache service. This changes the startup type to Automatic (Trigger Start) as shown in Services. However, trying to start it produces the Error 1058: "The service cannot be started because it is disabled or it has no enabled devices associated with it."

    Steps I have done so far:
    1. Ran sfc /scannow
    2. Checked permissions on the relevant registry keys compared to another (working) Windows 10 computer.
    3. Replaced the file C:\windows\system32\dnsrslvr.dll with one from another (working) Windows 10 computer.
    4. Checked the dependent services and drivers are running.
    5. Checked the registry values and sub keys for HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache

    I am out of ideas. Any help to fix the permissions and get this working will be appreciated!


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  2.    19 Dec 2017 #2

    I don't usually like replying to my own thread, but this information may be useful:

    After I restarted the computer, the service started without problems. However, the Startup Type and the Stop/Start buttons are still greyed out.

    On my other Windows 10 computer, which was working OK, then was updated with the Fall Creators Update to version 1709. After this, the DNS Client Service is also prevented from being stopped or the startup type changed.

    So it looks like the change was introduced by this update to Windows, and is by design.
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