Cannot stop Windows Service (built in C++ using MSDN sample)

Vadymyr 1 Reputation point
2020-11-23T21:43:01.607+00:00

I used https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/services/the-complete-service-sample to create a simple service using C++ and Visual Studio 2017.
I can install, start, change the description. But I cannot stop it. I tried one of the solutions found on the internet:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
change DWORD ServicesPipeTimeout to 180000
but that doesn't help.
When I try to stop it using Control Panel\Services, I get:
"Windows could not stop the <servicename> service on Local Computer.
Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion."
I can provide the full solution, it's x86.
I tried 2 different virtual machines (Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate and 32-bit Starter) and got the same result.
Please help to solve this issue.

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  1. RLWA32 40,021 Reputation points
    2020-11-24T03:53:02.207+00:00

    Using HKEY_CURRENT_USER in a service is a mistake. Refer to predefined-keys.

    If I replace the call to ReadStringFromRegistry with a call to OutputDebugString then the service will stop properly. So it seems to me that ReadStringFromRegistry with HKEY_CURRENT_USER is probably the cause of the problem.

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