Virtual Disk (vds) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Provides management services for disks, volumes, file systems, and storage arrays.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Virtual Disk
Service name:vds
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vds

Default Behavior

The Virtual Disk service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Virtual Disk service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in its own process of vds.exe. If Virtual Disk 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 vds service hasn't been started.


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

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Virtual Disk

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Virtual Disk 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 vds start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The vds service is using the vds.exe 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.