Friday, October 17, 2008

Configuration Manager: the specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device

Working with a service created in Visual Studio 2008 I started getting this cryptic error message. Can't recall exactly when it first appeared but it was probably after manual edits to the registry to add a dependency or to recreate the service. No loss of functionality so I put off fixing it for a couple days.

The solution is very simple, in the registry delete the "Enum" subkey for the service, then close and re-open the services console and the message should be gone.

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