Filetrace Service Defaults in Windows 8

ETW File Trace Filter.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Filetrace
Service name:Filetrace
Service type:filesys
Error control:normal
Group:FSFilter Activity Monitor
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Filetrace

Default Behavior

The Filetrace service is a file system driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Filetrace 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 Filetrace service hasn't been started.


Filetrace can't start, if the FltMgr service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Filetrace

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

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Filetrace service is using the filetrace.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.