Workstation (LanmanWorkstation) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers using the SMB protocol. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Workstation
Service name:LanmanWorkstation
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService -p
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wkssvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

Workstation is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Workstation service is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Workstation fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the LanmanWorkstation service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Workstation cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

While Workstation is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the following services do not start:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Workstation

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Workstation 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 commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config LanmanWorkstation start= auto
sc start LanmanWorkstation

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The LanmanWorkstation service is using the wkssvc.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.