HpSAMD Service Defaults in Windows 8

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Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:HpSAMD
Service name:HpSAMD
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Group:SCSI Miniport
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\HpSAMD.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HpSAMD

Default Behavior

The HpSAMD service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If HpSAMD fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the HpSAMD service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of HpSAMD

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config HpSAMD start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The HpSAMD service is using the HpSAMD.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 8 installation media.