Windows SharePoint Services Search service cannot start

If you attempt to start Windows SharePoint Services Search service on MOSS 2007 and receive the following message:

 Error “The handle is invalid”

Windows SharePoint Services Search error

Try modifying the “Log On As” Identity of the service.  If it was setup to log on as “Local Service”, chang this to “Local System”, and retry starting the services. This works only when you aretrying to start the service from Services Adminstrative Console.

 If you are using the ‘Operations’ tab in Sharepoint 3.0 central administration, start the service with an account which have right previleges. Give the account name as domain\accountname or else the service will not run if you just give the accountname.

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17 thoughts on “Windows SharePoint Services Search service cannot start

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  2. For me the local system worked but on further inspection I hadn’t registered my Sharepoint service account properly. In Sharepoint 2013, I had to configure the the service account and then it automatically changed the windows services for me to use the created account instead of local system.
    From Sharepoint 2013 central administration, Configure Service Accounts, then at the bottom right – register new managed account.

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