Virtual Disk (vds) Service Defaults in Windows 7

Provides management services for disks, volumes, file systems, and storage arrays.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Virtual Disk
Service name:vds
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vds

Default Behavior

Virtual Disk is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Virtual Disk service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of vds.exe. If Virtual Disk fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the vds service is not running because of the error.


Virtual Disk is unable to start, if at least one of the following services is stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Virtual Disk

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Virtual Disk 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 vds start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The vds service is using the vds.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 7 installation media.