Error 193: 0xc1 Service fails to start


PROBLEM

Service fails to start. When trying to start a service using the Services Management Console (services.msc) an error is displayed:

Could not start the <Service Name> on the local computer
Error 193: 0xc1

ENVIRONMENT

  • All supported products and operating systems.

SOLUTION

Check all the folders that are in the path to the executable and make sure there are no files with the same name as the first word in the folder name. 

For example: 
  1. A  file called "program" in your systemdrive (c:)
  2. A file called "GFI" in your "Program Files" folder
  3. File called "EventsManager" in your GFI folder.

CAUSE

When the Microsoft Service Control Manager launches a service it checks the path to the executable. If there are any files with the same name in the directory as the the first word in the directory name, it will fail with the above error.

This is documented in the following Microsoft article:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q325680