Remote Desktop Services (TermService) Defaults in Windows 10

Allows users to connect interactively to a remote computer. Remote Desktop and Remote Desktop Session Host Server depend on this service. To prevent remote use of your computer, clear the checkboxes on the Remote tab of the System properties control panel item.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Remote Desktop Services
Service name:TermService
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege

Default Behavior

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


Remote Desktop Services cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

While Remote Desktop Services is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Remote Desktop Services

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Desktop Services 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 TermService start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The TermService service is using the termsrv.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.