Network Connections (Netman) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Network Connections
Service name:Netman
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netman
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

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


Network Connections cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

While Network Connections is stopped, the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Connections

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Network Connections 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 Netman start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Netman service is using the netman.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.