Network Connections (Netman) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Network Connections
Service name:Netman
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netman
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Network Connections is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Network Connections service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Network Connections 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 Netman service hasn't been started.


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

If Network Connections is disabled, the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Connections

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

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Netman service is using the netman.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.