Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Creates a network connection.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Remote Access Connection Manager
Service name:RasMan
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan

Default Behavior

Remote Access Connection Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Remote Access Connection Manager service is started, it 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 Remote Access Connection Manager 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 RasMan service has failed to start.


Remote Access Connection Manager depends on the Telephony service.

The following components depend on Remote Access Connection Manager:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Remote Access Connection Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Access Connection Manager 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 RasMan start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The RasMan service is using the rasmans.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.