25 June 2008

Event 7000, DS1410D service failed to start

Windows Event Viewer kept reporting error event 7000 each time I restarted my computer:

The DS1410D service failed to start due to the following error: 
The system cannot find the file specified.

The error is caused by Windows trying to load a file called DS1410D.SYS. This file is part of an application called FlexLM but since I've uninstalled FlexLM, the file has also been deleted.

The fix is find all instances of .../services/DS1410D/Start in registry and set it from 2 (Auto load) to 4 (disabled). See Microsoft KB 103000 article for more information.