DHCP Client Service Defaults in Windows XP

Manages network configuration by registering and updating IP addresses and DNS names.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:DHCP Client
Service name:Dhcp
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dhcp

Default Behavior

DHCP Client is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the DHCP Client service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the DHCP Client fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the Dhcp service has failed to start.


DHCP Client depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of DHCP Client

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which DHCP Client depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config Dhcp start= auto
sc start Dhcp

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Dhcp service is using the dhcpcsvc.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 XP installation media.