Windows 8 Windows 8.1

Fix: Diagnostics Policy Service not running in Windows 8 | 8.1

This post helps you solve an issue with your windows 8 | 8.1 PC, where, The diagnostics policy service is not running. There could be a few causes of this problem. Some of them include a device driver issue that’s stopping the service due to a conflict. A malware or other issues relating to a system service corruption.

Here are a few steps that can help you fix this issue:

Method 1

  • Press Windows logo key + X (to open the power command menu )
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  • Now, Click on Device Manager
  • Here, locate Network Adapters, Right Click your network adapter
  • Click on Update Driver software
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  • Alternatively, you can download and install the updated version of your network adapter’s driver software from your motherboard / computer manufacturer’s support website
  • Restart your computer & check if the problem is solved.


Method 2 : Starting the Diagnostics policy service

  • Press Windows logo key + R
  • Type services.msc
  • Locate the service Diagnostic Policy Service
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  • Right Click the service
  • Click on Properties
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  • Now, here, make sure that the service is started,
  • if not, start it
  • & set the startup type to Automatic
  • Apply , OK
  • Check if the problem is solved.


Method 3: Using the Windows Network Diagnostic

  • Right Click the network icon on taskbar
  • Click on Troubleshoot Problems
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  • After the process completes,
  • Click on Try these repairs as an administrator
  • Check  if this solves your problem.

Method 4 : Command line

  • Press Windows logo key + X ( power menu )
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin )
  • Now, type
  • net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Again type,
  • net localgroup Administrators /add localservice
  • Press Enter
  • You will get a message saying “ Command completed successfully”
  • Exit the command prompt & check if this solves your problem


Hope this helps, You can drop in a line in the comments section below, if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Windows 8.1

Guide : Installing / upgrading Windows 8.1 preview

This post is a recommended read if you are about to install Windows 8.1 preview on your pc. Windows 8.1 preview is a pre-release software from Microsoft which is publicly available to download. Being a pre-release software, only advanced computer users and people willing to get their hands on something new and exciting from Microsoft should get the Windows 8.1 preview.

Things to know before proceeding:

  • Currently 13 base languages are supported. This means that if you are upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 preview via Windows store, your current Windows 8 installation should be installed with one of the 13 supported base languages. The supported languages are :
  • Arabic
  • English (US)
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • If you have installed your current operating system with some other language. You should not continue, else you will be presented with an error message “The update is not applicable to your computer”
  • If you are installing the Windows 8.1 preview by booting from a bootable DVD / USB drive, make sure to select the language from the above mentioned thirteen languages.
  • Windows 8.1 Preview requires the same configuration as Windows 8
  • Your current hardware and Windows 8 device drivers should work with Windows 8.1
  • If you uninstall Windows 8.1 in future and return back to Windows 8, you will have to reinstall your apps.
  • If it highly recommended that your take a proper backup of your computer before proceeding.

Things to do before installing Windows 8.1 Preview:

  • Make sure to disable or uninstall any Antivirus program ( but retain licensing information of your product for future installation )
  • Create a custom refresh image for your current Windows 8 operating system. This will help you in future when you might want to uninstall the 8.1 preview and return to Windows 8
  • Do a clean boot before installing Windows 8.1 preview from Windows Store
  • Detach any peripheral device that is not needed at the time of installation and plug these devices back after the installation is complete
  • Download the Windows 8.1 preview product guide from here

Hope you have a great experience trying this preview version of Windows 8.1. If you face any problems with this pre-release software, please use the comment section to start a discussion and express your views.