Error 1053: “The service did not respond in a timely fashion” when attempting to start winlogbeat service

Hello all,

When attempting to start the winlogbeat service in Windows I receive the following:

Error 1053: "The service did not respond in a timely fashion" when attempting to start, stop or pause a service."

I've successfully created the service using the Powershell script included in the .zip file but receive this error each time. I'm using the default yaml config file at the moment, I just want to ensure I can initiate the service properly before tailoring the config to talk to our ELK stack.

Any suggestions on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.

PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat > .\winlogbeat.exe -e -configtest

gives this

Winlogbeat.yml looks like that


  • name: Application
  • name: Security
  • name: System

tags: ["winsrv"]

hosts: [""]

logging.level: info
logging.to_files: true
path: C:/Program Files/Winlogbeat/logs
name: winlogbeat
keepfiles: 7

enabled: true
hosts: [""]

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