[Solved] Error 1068: Dependency Service Failed to Start

Summary :

  1. Case one: When you run Network and Sharing Center, it shows “Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start”. If you are affected by this issue, you will be incapable of connecting to the internet on any network no matter whetheryou use an Ethernet cable or connect it
  2. Case two: Error 1068 when starting Windows Firewall. Sometimes the message “Error 1068- dependency service failed to start firewall” pops up when you try to turn on your Windows Defender Firewall. Do not turn a blind eye to it because disabling Windows Firewall makes your computer exposed to unauthorized access.

Fix Error 1068 in Case One

If you meet error 1068 when you use Network and Sharing Center, you can try these ways to fix it.

Solution 1: Enable Related Dependency Services

As you can see in this error message, there is something wrong with the dependency services and you need to make sure that all the related dependency services are enabled.

  • Application Layer Gateway Service
  • Network Connections
  • Network Location Awareness (NLA)
  • Plug and Play
  • Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Telephony

Solution 2: Modify Registry Key

If you still see the message “error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start” after you enable related dependency services, you can try to use Registry Editor to fix the problem.

Solution 3: Repair Nlasvc.dll

A common reason for “dependency service failed to start” is corrupted or damaged nlasvc.dll.

Solution 4: Reset TCP//IP to Default

If “error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start” still cannot be fixed, you can try to reset TCP/IP to default.

Fix Error 1068 in Case Two

“Error 1068 — dependency service failed to start firewall” is something you don’t want to experience. It is quite annoying that you cannot turn on your Windows Defender Firewall.

Solution 1: Change Service Settings

Solution 2: Expand Your Administrators Group

There is another free way to fix the error 1068.

  • net localgroup administrators localservice /add
  • net localgroup administrators networkservice /add

Solution 3: Update Your Network Adapter Driver

Network adapter driver that is out-of-data could also be a cause for “error 1068 — dependency service failed to start firewall”.

Solution 4: Disable Your Antivirus Temporarily

If you are running a third-party antivirus software, it might be in conflict with your Windows Defender Firewall, and the error 1068 will stops you turning on Windows Defender Firewall.

Solution 5: Check Your Windows Update

Sometimes, “error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start” is simply caused by something out-of-date in your Windows. To solve it, you just need a few clicks.

Solution for Any Case

If you cannot fix error 1068 with the solutions above, you may need to reinstall your Windows 10.

  • Reset This PC (Remove everything)
  • Clean Install

Bottom Line

If you are bothered by “error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start”, don’t be annoyed. You can fix it with solutions above.

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