As a writer, I depend on my laptop to do research, type out articles, blog posts, and to work on my manuscripts. I also use my laptop to check my emails, update my status on social media, and to do research for my next book, among other things.
So it can be really irritating when you turn on your computer and find a horrible error message suddenly appear and glare at you from the bottom of your screen.
This happened to me a few days ago and I thought I would share the solution I found with you just in case you were experiencing the same problem.
One day I turned on my computer and this error message popped up at the bottom of my screen:
“Failed to Connect to a Windows Service”.
I also noticed that I was not able to open the Google Chrome web browser and certain programs were not working either. My AVG Antivirus software was not working properly and I could not update my computer with Windows updates.
So I did a Google search on my smartphone and found several YouTube videos that explained how to fix the error message. The following video shows you how to fix the windows service error message on Windows 8:
I followed the instructions in the video and it worked! So if you ever see the windows error message on your screen like in the image above, all you have to do is follow the set of instructions I have laid out below to get rid of that nasty error message:
(These instructions are for people who use Windows 8 or 8.1)
- Click on the Windows Start button on the task bar in the bottom left corner of your computer screen and go to Search. The Search icon is located on the top right corner of your screen.
- In the text box type in CMD or Command Prompt.
- Right click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator”.
- A security prompt, i.e. User Account Control dialog box will appear asking you if you want to allow the following program (Windows Command Processor owned by Microsoft Windows) to make changes to your computer. Click Yes.
- The Administrator Command Prompt box will open. First type “netsh” (without the speech marks) on the same line as “c:\windows\system32>netsh“. Then press Enter. “netsh>” will appear on the next line. Next, type “Winsock reset” (without the speech marks) next to it and press Enter.
6. A message should appear saying: “Successfully reset the Winsock catalog. You must restart the computer to complete the reset”.
7. Close the box and then restart your computer.
If you follow the instructions above, the windows error message will no longer appear on your screen the next time you turn on your computer.
This method is completely safe. I have used this method on my own laptop and it worked! The best part is that you don’t have to worry about losing any of your files. Fixing the error message on your computer does not affect any of the files or folders you have saved on your system.
Now that my computer is fixed, I can finally get back to my writing!