Remote Desktop Services (TermService) Defaults in Windows 8

Allows users to connect interactively to a remote computer. Remote Desktop and Remote Desktop Session Host Server depend on this service. To prevent remote use of your computer, clear the checkboxes on the Remote tab of the System properties control panel item.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Remote Desktop Services
Service name:TermService
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege

Default Behavior

Remote Desktop Services is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Remote Desktop Services is started, it runs as NT Authority\NetworkService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Remote Desktop Services 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 TermService service hasn't been started.


Remote Desktop Services can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

If Remote Desktop Services is disabled, the Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Remote Desktop Services

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Desktop Services 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 TermService start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The TermService service is using the termsrv.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.