HID Input Service (HidServ) Defaults in Windows XP

Enables generic input access to Human Interface Devices (HID), which activates and maintains the use of predefined hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. If this service is stopped, hot buttons controlled by this service will no longer function. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:HID Input Service
Service name:HidServ
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HidServ

Default Behavior

HID Input Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the HID Input 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 HID Input Service 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 HidServ service has failed to start.


HID Input Service depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of HID Input Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which HID Input Service 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 HidServ start= auto
sc start HidServ

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The HidServ service is using the hidserv.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.