Windows SharePoint Services Web Application - Stuck at "Starting" Status

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!
windows sharepoint services web application stuck at stopping status
Solution: Stsadm command to stop windows SharePoint services web application stuck on stopping
  1. Jump started to STSADM to stop the service: stsadm -o provisionservice -action stop -servicetype SPWebService
  2. Did IISReset
  3. After that I could start it either from command line or from central admin. stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype SPWebService
Please note: Stopping the Windows SharePoint Services Web Application will remove the virtual directories in IIS, reverts the web.config changes, etc.

So, we have to apply the customizations once it started again.

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