Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a network.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Distributed Link Tracking Client
Service name:TrkWks
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TrkWks
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Distributed Link Tracking Client is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Distributed Link Tracking Client service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Distributed Link Tracking Client fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the TrkWks service has failed to start due to the error.


Distributed Link Tracking Client cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Distributed Link Tracking Client

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Distributed Link Tracking Client 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 commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config TrkWks start= auto
sc start TrkWks

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The TrkWks service is using the trkwks.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.