Terminal Services (TermService) Defaults in Windows XP

Allows multiple users to be connected interactively to a machine as well as the display of desktops and applications to remote computers. The underpinning of Remote Desktop (including RD for Administrators), Fast User Switching, Remote Assistance, and Terminal Server.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Terminal Services
Service name:TermService
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost -k DComLaunch
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService

Default Behavior

Terminal Services is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Terminal Services is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Terminal Services 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 TermService service has failed to start.


Terminal Services depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

The Fast User Switching Compatibility depends on the Terminal Services service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Terminal Services

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Terminal Services 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 TermService start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The TermService service is using the termsrv.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.