Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service (vmicshutdown) Defaults in Windows 10

Provides a mechanism to shut down the operating system of this virtual machine from the management interfaces on the physical computer.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service
Service name:vmicshutdown
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmicshutdown
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Hyper-V Guest Shutdown 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 Guest Shutdown Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Hyper-V Guest Shutdown 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 vmicshutdown service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service

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

2. Save the Win10_vmicshutdown_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The vmicshutdown 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.