Realtek 8168 NT Driver (RTL8168) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Realtek 8101E/8168/8169 NDIS 6.30 32-bit Driver by Realtek.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Realtek 8168 NT Driver
Service name:RTL8168
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RTL8168

Default Behavior

The Realtek 8168 NT Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Realtek 8168 NT Driver 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 RTL8168 service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Realtek 8168 NT Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config RTL8168 start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The RTL8168 service is using the Rt630x86.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.