I had this trouble after applying Service pack 3 on an existing MOSS 2007 environment: Windows SharePoint Services Web Application stuck at "Starting" status and yet it never starts!
- Jump started to STSADM to stop the service: stsadm -o provisionservice -action stop -servicetype SPWebService
- Did IISReset
- After that I could start it either from command line or from central admin. stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype SPWebService
So, we have to apply the customizations once it started again.
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