If you’re having issues starting oculus on windows 7 after 1.39 update (after 25th July 2019) then here’s a solution:
(Taken from reddit)
Hi. Found a working solution for now. Im on Win7 and had the same issue of having my oculus bricked by a surprise update. Had the same “cant reach service” or whatever which I tried fixing by repairing (which required the bypassHotfixCheck because the setup is buggy), but that did nothing as the issue lies with the OVRServer_x64.exe file in oculus-runtime. Trying to running it gives an obscure error about the KERNEL.
However I managed to fix it.
Youll need an older version of your Support folder (from before you updated). I was lucky to have a system restore backup.
Copy the oculus-runtime and oculus-dash from the old to the new updated folder.
Started running and working fine.
Download files here:
I had to disable any running oclulus processes and restart to get it to work but its working