Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI) Defaults in Windows 10

Manages Internet SCSI (iSCSI) sessions from your computer to remote iSCSI target devices. If this service is stopped, your computer will not be able to login or access iSCSI targets. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service
Service name:MSiSCSI
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:iSCSI
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\iscsiexe.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSiSCSI
Privileges:
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Microsoft iSCSI Initiator 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 MSiSCSI service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft iSCSI Initiator 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 MSiSCSI start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The MSiSCSI service is using the iscsiexe.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.