Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a network.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Distributed Link Tracking Client
Service name:TrkWks
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TrkWks
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Distributed Link Tracking Client is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Distributed Link Tracking Client service runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Distributed Link Tracking Client 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 TrkWks service hasn't been started.


Distributed Link Tracking Client can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Distributed Link Tracking Client

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Distributed Link Tracking Client 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 commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config TrkWks start= auto
sc start TrkWks

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The TrkWks service is using the trkwks.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.