Server 2008 Hangs at “Applying User Settings”

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Active Directory, Server, Server 2008, System Information, Tweaking
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Issue: We had a System running Server 2008 and when it would boot it would hang with “Applying User Settings”.  When it would finally load, many of the services were not started.
Diagnosis: – This Microsoft Article explains the issue associated with the SCM database being locked:

sc querylock
The output below would indicate that the SCM database is locked:
QueryServiceLockstatus – Success
IsLocked : True
LockOwner : .\NT Service Control Manager
LockDuration : 1090 (seconds since acquired)

Resolution: You can modify the behavior of HTTP.SYS to depend on another service being started first.  To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HTTP and create the following Multi-string value: DependOnService
  3. Double click the new DependOnService entry
  4. Type CRYPTSVC in the Value Data field and click OK.
  5. Reboot the server


NOTE: Please ensure that you make a backup of the registry / affected keys before making any changes to your system.

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