Device Setup Manager (DsmSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Enables the detection, download and installation of device-related software. If this service is disabled, devices may be configured with outdated software, and may not work correctly.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Device Setup Manager
Service name:DsmSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\DeviceSetupManager.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DsmSvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Device Setup Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Device Setup Manager service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Device Setup Manager fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the DsmSvc service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Device Setup Manager cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Device Setup Manager

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

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config DsmSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The DsmSvc service is using the DeviceSetupManager.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.