Windows service failure while running in a QEMU virtual instance

If you are running Windows under QEMU and see Event ID 7000’s like these below–

If you get this Description:

“The Parallel port driver service failed to start due to the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.”

Then you have the ParPort service not starting. This happens if you upgrade your W2K3, W2K, or NT server from hardware (motherboard) that HAD a Parallel Port, but are now on a new motherboard that has no Parallel Port.

The fix is simple:
1. Open Regedit and go to–
2. Edit the Start key and change the value to 4. Changing the value to 4 will “disable” the service.
3. Reboot the server

You should no longer get that annoying popup dialog when Windows starts.