Filetrace Service Defaults in Windows 10

ETW File Trace Filter.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Filetrace
Service name:Filetrace
Service type:filesys
Error control:normal
Group:FSFilter Activity Monitor
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Filetrace

Default Behavior

Filetrace is a file system driver. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. If Filetrace fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the Filetrace service has failed to start due to the error.


Filetrace cannot be started under any conditions, if the FltMgr service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Filetrace

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Filetrace depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config Filetrace start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Filetrace service is using the filetrace.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.