Dealing with error codes in Windows is an annoying task in general, and that generality holds true for Windows 7 error 1068. This error code usually comes with the notification that “The dependency service or group failed to start.” While this little bit of tagged on text is welcome, it doesn’t really help to clarify the problem in any measurable or meaningful way. In fact, it can be just as confusing to those who aren’t digital natives as the simple ‘error 1068’ is.
Defining the Windows 7 Error 1068 Problem
Like most Windows errors, there are a few different problems that can be contributing to the larger issue creating this error code. The most common and most likely causes of this problem are as follows:
- Certain pieces of antivirus are likely to cause this problem due to overzealous filtering settings. These settings will prevent the necessary services from starting, identifying them falsely as attacks on your system.
- There might be conflicts among different pieces of software that are running on your computer. The more software you have running, even if it isn’t to your knowledge, the more likely this error will pop up.
How to Fix Windows 7 Error Code 1068
Thankfully, while it’s annoying, this isn’t a particularly serious or difficult problem to deal with. The above two likely problems are both easy to handle, even if you aren’t particularly computer literate.
- Go into your antivirus program and set its protection to a lower level, and then attempt the action that brought about the error code in the first place. You can also go ahead and turn your antivirus off entirely, but this is only a good idea if you are going to turn it back on right afterwords, and if you run a full system scan to make sure nothing slipped through when your system was undefended.
- Close out all unnecessary programs. Type msconfig into your start menu and click on the startup tab. Look through this list and un-check all the different programs and services that load on startup that you have no need for to minimize the possibility of conflicts.
First Thing’s First
The very first thing you should do is get a registry cleaner and run it immediately. Registry problems are the most likely source of Windows 7 Error 1068, and if they are causing that error they are likely creating a whole other host of issues on your computer- some of which you might not even be aware of. Your Windows registry essentially controls every function that your computer undertakes, and it accumulates huge amounts of problematic files just from regular, normal daily use. If you’ve never run a registry cleaner before, it’s the most likely cause of this error.