File Information FS MiniFilter (FileInfo) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Collects information about files in memory to be consumed by other system services.

Default Settings

Startup type: Boot
Display name:File Information FS MiniFilter
Service name:FileInfo
Service type:filesys
Error control:normal
Group:FSFilter Bottom
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FileInfo

Default Behavior

The File Information FS MiniFilter service is a file system driver. In Windows 8 it is being loaded by Boot Loader before Kernel initialization. If File Information FS MiniFilter fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the FileInfo service hasn't been started.


File Information FS MiniFilter can't start, if the FltMgr service is disabled or not available.

If File Information FS MiniFilter is disabled, the Superfetch service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of File Information FS MiniFilter

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which File Information FS MiniFilter 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 commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config FileInfo start= boot
sc start FileInfo

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The FileInfo service is using the fileinfo.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 8 installation media.