SOLVED! Successfully Scheduled Software Protection Service for Restart

Easy to use and simple to customize, Windows is one of the leading operating systems for computers at the moment. Still, Windows is far from perfect and computers that run on it could experience a wide range of issues. For instance, Windows computers may restart out of the blue and wipe the progress of ongoing works in the process. When people check out Event Viewer, the last entry prior to the restart is a cryptic one: “Successfully scheduled Software Protection service for restart”

Insights Into Software Protection Service

The purpose of Software Protection service is to verify the activation of any software registered with the Microsoft Store. The process responsible for this on Windows 10 is Sppsvc.exe. When the Sppsvc.exe process is stuck with validations and cannot conclude, it results in all sorts of problems. One of the problems is computers restarting by themselves and Event Viewer should record that as “Successfully scheduled Software Protection service for restart”.

Stopping The Reset: Advice 

Needless to say, it’s annoying if your computer restarts all of a sudden. Still, if you keep seeing the “Successfully scheduled Software Protection service for restart” entry in Event Viewer following the restart, try out these solutions. 

Restart Software Protection Service

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to launch Run, type services.msc and hit Enter to open Services
  • Step 2: Navigate to Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service, right-click it and choose Restart
  • Step 3: Close Services, wait and see how things turn out

End Task

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X then choose Task Manager 
  • Step 2: Look for Software Protection Service in Processes
  • Step 3: When you see the service, select it and click End task.

Delete sppsvc.exe 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X then choose Task Manager 
  • Step 2: Look for the sppsvc.exe file, open the folder that contains it and confirm if the address is C: \ WINDOWS \ system32 \ sppsvc.exe
  • Step 3: If the file is in a different address, proceed to delete the file. 

Change Startup 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to launch Run, type services.msc and hit Enter to open Services
  • Step 2: Navigate to Software Protection service, right-click it and choose Properties
  • Step 3: Change Startup type to Automatic 
  • Step 4: Hit Stop, wait for a bit then hir Start 
  • Step 5: Restart the PC.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type CMD and hit Enter to launch Command Prompt
  • Step 2: Type and enter each the commands down below: 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth 

  • Step 3: Exit Command Prompt once the process wraps up then restart your computer.

Take Windows Activation Status Into Account

If none of the above works, you should determine whether your copy of Windows has experienced an activation issue prior to the restart. It could be that Windows Activation service is unable to decide if your Microsoft software or Windows copy is genuine. To resolve that, verify the validity of your PC’s MAK or KMS  key. With a KMS key, you can link to your corporate server to validate. However, you will need to purchase a new key if your current MAK key is invalid.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service do?

Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service is a property of the Windows OS and is one of its critical components. The service was purposefully built for piracy prevention and software tampering protection which ease licensing initiation. 

Do I need Software Protection service?

Software protection (sppsvc) service allows for the download, installation and regulation of digital licenses for Windows and Windows applications. Therefore, you need to keep Software Protection service around for the operating system and licensed applications on your PC to run properly. 

Can I disable Software Protection service?

Yes, you can try disabling software protection (sppsvc) using the task scheduler. Press Windows + S to open the search bar. Type “Task Scheduler” in the dialogue box and press Enter. However, it is strongly recommended that you not disable this service. Disabling it will cause Windows activation, Office activation, etc., to fail. You will also have to put up with the activation watermark that will reside on your desktop.

What is Sppsvc.exe? 

Sppsvc.exe is a process that works with the Windows Operating System and is a key component of the Windows OS. The primary goal of the service is to prevent software interference and piracy, therefore, it contributes to a straightforward application of licenses. 

How do I switch off Microsoft protection?

  • Step 1: Select Start and click Settings 
  • Step 2: Navigate to Privacy & Security 
  • Step 3: Click to open Windows Security
  • Step 4: Select Virus & threat protection and click Manage settings.
  • Step 5: Switch off Real-time protection. B

Tips And Tricks

  • Keep your Windows up-to-date
  • Boot your computer in safe mode if third-party apps give you a hard time 
  • Run troubleshooter when things seem wrong
  • Scan for malware or virus from time to time

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