Windows Server

The service could not be started either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it

Service startup issues

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a Microsoft tool for deploying Windows Operating System (OS) over the network. In windows server 2003 it was referred to as Remote Installation Services (RIS). The purpose of WDS is to remotely deploy the Windows operating system. WDS uses a PXE method for booting clients. PXE enables clients to boot off the network. To find WDS services and to load boot images, the client should be able to contact the WDS server, and the client network card must be PXE compliant and most devices are NICs complaint. See this guide on how to set up and install the WDS role, how to configure Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2019, and how to configure DHCP Server option 60, 66, and 67 for Windows Deployment Services.

Service Startup Issue Disabled or No Enabled Devices

The Windows Deployment Services are used for the central distribution of operating systems. Please visit the following link for more information on WDS not referenced here.

Disabled service error

When faced with this error “The Service Startup Issue Disabled or No Enabled Devices because it is disabled“. However, when starting a WDS server, as shown below, please follow the suggested steps. See the following similar error “No valid offer received: WDS PXE-E16 error when booting UEFI and BIOS clients“.

Furthermore, To fix this issue, you must ensure the Windows Deployment Services (services.msc)is started (running).

Note: This is applicable to all windows services regardless of the application.

I hope you found this blog post about addressing the Service Startup Issue Disabled or No Enabled Devices helpful. Please let me know in the comment session if you have any questions.

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