USB Mass Storage Driver (USBSTOR) Service Defaults in Windows 8

USB Mass Storage Class Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:USB Mass Storage Driver
Service name:USBSTOR
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR

Default Behavior

The USB Mass Storage Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If USB Mass Storage 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 USBSTOR service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of USB Mass Storage 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 USBSTOR start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The USBSTOR service is using the USBSTOR.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.