IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service (ImapiService) Defaults in Windows XP

Manages CD recording using Image Mastering Applications Programming Interface (IMAPI). If this service is stopped, your computer will be unable to record CDs. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
Service name:ImapiService
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ImapiService

Default Behavior

IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of imapi.exe. If the IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the ImapiService service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config ImapiService start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The ImapiService service is using the imapi.exe 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.