Hyper-V Heartbeat Service (vmicheartbeat) Defaults in Windows 10

Monitors the state of this virtual machine by reporting a heartbeat at regular intervals. This service helps you identify running virtual machines that have stopped responding.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Hyper-V Heartbeat Service
Service name:vmicheartbeat
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k ICService -p
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\icsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmicheartbeat
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Hyper-V Heartbeat 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 vmicheartbeat start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The vmicheartbeat service is using the icsvc.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.