“SharePoint Administration” service missing from windows services

For one of my Premier customers, SharePoint administration Service went missing from Windows services console (Services.msc)

Here are details of the issue and it's resolution:



We are not able to see the "SharePoint 2010 Administration" service in Windows services console (services.msc).

When running command: "PSConfig -cmd services -install", you might also get an error message similar to this:

An exception of type System.UnauthorizedAccessException was thrown. Additional exception information: Access to the path 'C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\SharePoint\Config\3fc29d1c-b70b-42c0-bdf0-fc5c48f76de1\891c821c-cffe-4d42-b959-049955122a33.xml' is denied.


"SharePoint Administration" Service gets removed accidently from the farm either manually or via some 3rd party product.


  • We navigated to command prompt > C:\windows\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v2.0.50727
  • Ran this command to install SPAdminV4 service:

Installutil -i "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN\wssadmin.exe"

  • It completed successfully.
  • Admin service started appearing in services console and we were able to start it successfully on the SharePoint server.

More Information:

SharePoint Administration service exists in all SharePoint versions and Builds so the article applies to all SharePoint products.


I Hope that helps! Happy SharePointing !!

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