You are trying to install the Agent / taking Remote Control of a remote machine / installing Distribution Server, but you get a message - "The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion".
You will see this message if there is a timeout issue while the service starts.
You will need to address the service timeout issue first before proceeding any further with Agent / Distribution Server Installation / Remote Control. Refer to the following Microsoft KBs to learn more about this error and also resolve the same.
Applies to: Agent Installation, Distribution Server Installation, Remote Desktop Sharing, Service Timeout
Keywords: Agent Installation Failure, Distribution Server Installation Failure, Remote Control Failure, Service Timeout issues.