Packet Monitor Driver (PktMon) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Packet Monitor Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

The Packet Monitor Driver service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Packet Monitor Driver
Service name:PktMon
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PktMon

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Packet Monitor 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 PktMon start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The PktMon service is using the PktMon.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.