Error Reporting Service (ERSvc) Defaults in Windows XP

Allows error reporting for services and applictions running in non-standard environments.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Error Reporting Service
Service name:ERSvc
Service type:share
Error control:ignore
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ERSvc

Default Behavior

Error Reporting Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Error Reporting Service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Error Reporting Service fails to load or initialize, Windows XP start up proceeds without error messages, but information about the failure is being written into Event Log.


Error Reporting Service depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Error Reporting Service

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

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config ERSvc start= auto
sc start ERSvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The ERSvc service is using the ersvc.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.