Parallel port driver (Parport) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Parallel Port Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Parallel port driver
Service name:Parport
Service type:kernel
Error control:ignore
Group:Parallel arbitrator
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Parport

Default Behavior

Parallel port driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. If Parallel port driver fails to load or initialize, Windows 10 start up proceeds without warnings. However the error details are being logged.


While Parallel port driver is stopped, the Parvdm service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Parallel port driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config Parport start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Parport service is using the parport.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.