Fix “System error 1290 has occurred.” error on Windows

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 posted by CSch

This error usually comes up when you try to start a new service that would get the same service ID as another service in the process:

System error 1290 has occurred.

The service start failed since one or more services in the same process have an incompatible service SID type setting. A service with restricted service SID type can only coexist in the same process with other services with a restricted SID type. If the service SID type for this service was just configured, the hosting process must be restarted in order to start this service.

It can be circumvented by giving the new service its own process. To do that, open a new command prompt as administrator and enter the following (replace [command] with the command's identifier):

sc config [command] type= own

For example, if you want to start the w32time command, enter:

sc config w32time type= own

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3 Responses to “Fix “System error 1290 has occurred.” error on Windows”

  1. Ted says:

    Absolutely worked!! Chasing a problem with BITS (XP Home), thru Microsoft, to no avail. Stumbled onto this webpage, gave BITS it’s own process. Able to start the service and perform updates.

    I can’t thank you enough. This has been driving me crazy and so has Microsoft!

  2. Graham says:

    Same problem exactly. I know a bit about computers but not enough. Had a clever guy helping and when I found this he said “lets give it a try, can’t do any harm”. I am so pleased he did because this has fixed it. Thanks a lot to the original poster, I am very grateful.

  3. Aaron says:

    You ROCK! This fixed my problem with the w32time service being unable to start due to an SID type conflict.

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