Exchange 2003 pop3svc stuck starting

I recently experienced a problem with an Exchange 2003 deployment where pop3svc was stuck starting.

To resolve it, try killing inetinfo.exe using Task Manager.

You should then be able to restart the pop3 and imp services via MMC.

Make sure you start the pop3/imap services via the Exchange System Manager as well as via MMC.

2 Responses to “Exchange 2003 pop3svc stuck starting”

  1. Chris Says:

    Nice tip, thanks! Saved me a reboot

  2. John Says:


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