Service ‘Microsoft SqlServer Management IRegistrationService’ not found During opening SQL Management Studio

When I tried to open SQL Management Studio for SQL Server 2012, I got the following error:

Service ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IRegistrationService’ not found

Service 'Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IRegistrationService' not found

Actually, it’s annoying message that appears every time I have opened the SQL Server Management Studio.

I just clicked OK and everything is working properly. but I am trying to find any solution avoid “Service ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IRegistrationService’ not found” error message permanently.


The “Service ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IRegistrationService’ not found” might occur in case of

  • You are using a trial version.
  • The “Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SDK.SqlStudio.dll” was deleted.
  • The SQL Server 2012 SP 1 is not installed.


Run SQL Management Studio as Administrator

The simplest way to overcome this error is running the SQL Server Management Studio as administrator. this solution is working properly for me.

Missing Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SDK.SqlStudio.dll – Repair SQL Server

In some cases, the above solution did not work. so, you should ensure that

  • The Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SDK.SqlStudio.dll is located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio folder.

If the Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SDK.SqlStudio.dll file is missing, Try to repair the SQL Server via SQL Server Media (ISO/DVD).

Missing Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SDK.SqlStudio.dll

Patch SQL Server

Check the latest server patch that has been installed in SQL Server by checking the following:

If the Server patch level is lower than Service Pack 1. thence, you should install SQL Server Service Pack 1 from here (about 3.63 GB)

Applies To

SQL Server.

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