Server SMB Driver (srv2) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Enables connectivity from Windows Vista and later clients.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Server SMB Driver
Service name:srv2
Service type:filesys
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\srv2

Default Behavior

The Server SMB Driver service is a file system driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Server SMB 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 srv2 service hasn't been started.


Server SMB Driver can't start, if the Srvnet service is disabled or not available.

All the services listed below will not start if Server SMB Driver is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Server SMB Driver

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Server SMB Driver 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 srv2 start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The srv2 service is using the srv2.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.