Software Protection service stops after every few minutes on windows R2 server and since these server are under monitoring and set to. sppsvc(software protection)service keeps on stopping even if we try to start it. I have tried to restart it also. I tried to start it from cmd promt also. Not for use in diagnostic procedures. Answer. To disable the Software Protection service in Windows 7, follow these steps: Click on the Windows 7 Start button in. If you are running Microsoft Office but receiving an error message that says Microsoft Office cannot retain or find your license key and hence it is. This entry has information about the startup entry named Software Protection It is strongly recommended that you not disable the Software Protection service.