Human Interface Device Service (hidserv) Defaults in Windows 10

Activates and maintains the use of hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. It is recommended that you keep this service running.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Human Interface Device Service
Service name:hidserv
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\hidserv.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hidserv
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Human Interface Device Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config hidserv start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The hidserv service is using the hidserv.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.