Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service (vmicshutdown) Defaults in Windows 8

Provides a mechanism to shut down the operating system of this virtual machine from the management interfaces on the physical computer.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service
Service name:vmicshutdown
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmicshutdown
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service 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 vmicshutdown service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config vmicshutdown start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The vmicshutdown service is using the ICSvc.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.