SQL Server – Error 1061: The service cannot accept control messages at this time


Sometimes when we try to restart “SQL Server service” we might get an error “Windows could not stop the SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER) service on Local Computer” with error code and description “Error 1061: The service cannot accept control messages at this time“. In this post, “SQL Server – Error 1061: The service cannot accept control messages at this time”, we will discuss the workaround which can help us to fix this issue.

This error occurs when we try to restart the SQL Server service using SSMS object explorer or/and using the services console. Let’s try to restart the SQL Server service using object explorer and services console.

Restarting SQL Server services using Object explorer:

Restart SQL Server service from object explorer

Restart SQL Server service from object explorer

Restarting SQL Server using services console:

Restart SQL Server service using services

Restart SQL Server service using services

Below is the error screenshot:

Error 1061 - The service cannot accept control messages at this time

Error 1061 – The service cannot accept control messages at this time

Fix – Error 1061: The service cannot accept control messages at this time

To fix this issue, we can follow the below steps:

  • Go to Start -> SQL Server 2017 Configuration Manager and click on it to start this application.
  • Click on the SQL Server Service option available in the left pane of the SQL Server Configuration Manager screen.
SQL Server Configuration manager

SQL Server Configuration manager

  • Right-click on SQL Server Service and choose Restart option.
Restart SQL Server service from Configuration manager

Restart SQL Server service from Configuration manager

  • It should restart the SQL Server services without any issue.

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