Virtual Disk (vds) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Provides management services for disks, volumes, file systems, and storage arrays.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Virtual Disk
Service name:vds
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vds

Default Behavior

Virtual Disk is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Virtual Disk service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of vds.exe. If Virtual Disk fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the vds service has failed to start due to the error.


Virtual Disk cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Virtual Disk

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win10_vds_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The vds service is using the vds.exe 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.