IP Traffic Filter Driver (IpFilterDriver) Service Defaults in Windows XP

IP Traffic Filter Driver.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:IP Traffic Filter Driver
Service name:IpFilterDriver
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\IpFilterDriver

Default Behavior

IP Traffic Filter Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. If the IP Traffic Filter Driver 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 IpFilterDriver service has failed to start.


IP Traffic Filter Driver depends on the TCP/IP Protocol Driver service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of IP Traffic Filter Driver

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

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config IpFilterDriver start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The IpFilterDriver service is using the ipfltdrv.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 XP installation media.