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I had to reinstall WSUS, so I removed WSUS and reinstalled it, then WID service could not start, so I removed WSUS again and deleted "WID" service.

Now when I re-install WSUS it says WID is installed, but WID service is missing from services.msc

I even tried installing it through powershell command Install-WindowsFeature Windows-Internal-Database and it shows success but if I refresh services.msc it is still missing.

Any suggestions?

I followed the following procedure to uninstall:

  1. Remove WSUS role followed by IIS role
  2. Remove Windows Internal Database from Roles/Features
  3. Rename WID folder from "C:\Windows\WID" which contains "SUSDB.mdf"
  4. reboot
  5. install WSUS with IIS with all supportive features including WID.
  • I suspect that though the WID service is missing in the services.msc list, everything is in place; try this command on elevated CMD to create entry of WID in services.msc (please test first on UAT WSUS): sc create "Windows Internal Database" binpath= "C:\Windows\WID\Binn\sqlservr.exe -SMSWIN8.SQLWID -sMICROSOFT#" type= own start= auto depend= "WIDWriter". Also, refer this article for more info: support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/251192/… – Am_I_Helpful May 5 '18 at 7:54
  • your solution sounds like it might work, but in C:\Windows\WID\' there is only DBVerify` folder and inside that SUSDBVerify.dll file. And i can't find sqlserver.exe anywhere in C:\Program files – user May 5 '18 at 10:56
  • looks like WID isn't being installed correctly and hence no sqlserver.exe? I have another WSUS on win2008r2 and it has SQLservr.exe located in C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\Binn` but on 2012 server there is no C:\Windows\SYSMSI` – user May 5 '18 at 11:05
  • I am also inclined to think that WID has not been installed correctly! If nothing helps, and if it is possible for you, please build the server from scratch. – Am_I_Helpful May 5 '18 at 16:37
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Following are the steps to resolve the bug.

  • uninstall WSUS and WID
  • Rename WID folder from "C:\Windows\WID" which contains "SUSDB.mdf"
  • reboot
  • install only WID feature and change its service logon account
  • start WID service
  • install WSUS
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