Server (LanmanServer) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Supports file, print, and named-pipe sharing over the network for your computer. If this service is stopped, these functions will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Server
Service name:LanmanServer
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Server is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Server service runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Server 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 LanmanServer service hasn't been started.


Server can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

If Server is disabled, the Computer Browser service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Server

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Server 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 LanmanServer start= auto
sc start LanmanServer

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The LanmanServer service is using the srvsvc.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 8 installation media.