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  From the January 2016 Issue of Prestwood eMag
DBA Microsoft SQL Server:
Windows could not start the SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS) on Local Computer. ... service-specific error code -2146885628
Posted 11 years ago on 1/16/2010 and updated 1/20/2011
 A documented error from our DBA Documented Errors Page


Documented Error:

Windows could not start the SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS) on Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to service-specific error code -2146885628.

When I opened services I noticed that SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS) was set to Automatic, and not running. 

Clicking start yielded a 3 minute delay and an error message.

The Solution:

Opened the "properties" dialog for the service, and on the Log On tab, changed the user from "This Account" to "Local System Account".  Started the service, and bingo.

Note: According to my sources, this error can also happen if you allowed Disk Cleanup to compress your data folders.


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Comment 1 of 8

Thank you so much - l have been trying to search for solutions to this error for a long time - it was such a  simple solution.


Ronald Eyit
Posted 10 years ago

Comment 2 of 8

Thank you so very much.  I ran a clone/back-up program the other day and ever since I've not been able to access my databases.  I appreciate this so very much!

Posted 10 years ago

Comment 3 of 8

Thanks for this workaround. Now I need to fix this service account issue.

Posted 9 years ago

Comment 4 of 8

i have all this  thing u have mention but still i cant star the services so  please give me the solution

purvang pandya
Posted 9 years ago

Comment 5 of 8

Thank u so much. it's working fine.

Posted 7 years ago

Comment 6 of 8

Thank you!

Posted 7 years ago

Comment 7 of 8

Thanks For your support

Si Thu
Posted 5 years ago

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