File History Service (fhsvc) Defaults in Windows 10

Protects user files from accidental loss by copying them to a backup location.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:File History Service
Service name:fhsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fhsvc
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

File History Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the File History Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If File History Service fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the fhsvc service has failed to start due to the error.


File History Service cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of File History Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which File History Service 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 command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config fhsvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The fhsvc service is using the fhsvc.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 10 installation media.