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Fixing “The Parallel port driver service failed to start” on Windows 2003

Filed under: computing, windows — Tags: , — Zhixian @ 19:42:01 pm

My first blog post for 2016.
This is a reminder blog post.


  1. Symptoms
  2. Solution
  3. Reference


When your Windows 2003 boot up, you may see another a message like the below:


When you logged into Windows and examine the Event Viewer, you may see an error under System.


When you open up the error, you would see, the following error message:




Start a Windows command prompt and run the following command:

sc config parport start= disabled

Note the space after “start=” in the above command. It is required.

After you ran this command, you should not see the error message prompt on your next Windows bootup.
Note: This solution deviate from the one stated in the reference.



  1. Error message on a Windows Vista-based or Windows Server 2008-based computer that does not have a parallel port: "The Parallel port driver service failed to start"

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