Pcmcia Service Defaults in Windows 8

PCMCIA Bus Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Pcmcia
Service name:pcmcia
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Group:System Bus Extender
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pcmcia

Default Behavior

The Pcmcia service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Pcmcia 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 pcmcia service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Pcmcia

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config pcmcia start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The pcmcia service is using the pcmcia.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.