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Cannot start SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services

Now, this happened to me while applying SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Cumulative Update 6 in preparation for my Configuration Manager installation.

The SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER) service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

Found out that it timed out after 30 seconds and retries this. One thing I attempted to do was to increase the time out period to 60 seconds. Here’s what I did.


  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  3. In the right pane, locate the ServicesPipeTimeout entry.
    Note If the ServicesPipeTimeout entry does not exist, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:
  • On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  • Type ServicesPipeTimeout, and then press ENTER.
  • Right-click ServicesPipeTimeout, and then click Modify.
  • Click Decimal, type 60000, and then click OK.
    This value represents the time in milliseconds before a service times out.
  • Restart the computer.

Attempt to install CU6 again, and this worked for me πŸ™‚






12 responses

  1. Alison McC

    awesome thanks – was after updates mine wouldnt start – great help πŸ˜›

    February 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  2. Kim

    Thank you! This worked for me too.

    February 14, 2013 at 12:27 am

  3. Ram

    Good, it works for me

    February 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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  8. Brian Flower

    So very glad I found this page. This advice worked perfectly for me. Thanks you so much for sharing the info. Cheers. Brian. πŸ™‚

    September 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  9. Piotr

    Thank you!

    September 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  10. other thing might have to consider the space issue ? I had a same issue as Drive was running out of space.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

  11. manor

    Thank you!

    May 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm

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