Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) (WinRM) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service implements the WS-Management protocol for remote management. WS-Management is a standard web services protocol used for remote software and hardware management. The WinRM service listens on the network for WS-Management requests and processes them. The WinRM Service needs to be configured with a listener using winrm.cmd command line tool or through Group Policy in order for it to listen over the network. The WinRM service provides access to WMI data and enables event collection. Event collection and subscription to events require that the service is running. WinRM messages use HTTP and HTTPS as transports. The WinRM service does not depend on IIS but is preconfigured to share a port with IIS on the same machine. The WinRM service reserves the /wsman URL prefix. To prevent conflicts with IIS, administrators should ensure that any websites hosted on IIS do not use the /wsman URL prefix.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)
Service name:WinRM
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\WsmSvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinRM
Privileges:
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the WinRM service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)

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

2. Save the Win10_WinRM_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The WinRM service is using the WsmSvc.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.