How to fix The Windows Security Center service can’t be started error message in Windows

If you receive a "The Windows Security Center service can’t be started" error message in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, then this article may be able to help you troubleshoot the problem. You may try these troubleshooting steps in any order.

Action Center, previously known as Windows Security Center, monitors the security status of the computer. However the related service is called Security Center service. The Security Center (WSCSVC) Service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer.

The Windows Security Center uses the Windows Management Instrumentation or WMI collect information about the PC. If there are some inconsistencies, the Security Center may fail to start.

What cause this? May be you have downloaded a program with virus, Trojan, rat, or malware or you turned it off.

The Windows Security Center service can’t be started

1) First of all, deep-scan your PC with your security software. This is to ensure that, it is not some malware, which is preventing your Security Center from running.

2) Disable and then enable Security Center and see if it helps.

3) If your Security Center is disabled, open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Action Center and see if you can restart the Windows Security Service by clicking on the Turn on now button.

4) If this does not help or you receive another error, right click any where on your task bar click Task Manager ( or run task manager)

Click the "Services" tab menu , then click "Open Services"

Look for " Security Center" (you can see it was Disabled) then right click it select properties.

Set on Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start). Also ensure that the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) and Windows Management Instrumentation services are started and set on Automatic.


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