Winsock IFS Driver (ws2ifsl) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Winsock IFS Driver.

Default Settings

Startup type:Disabled
Display name:Winsock IFS Driver
Service name:ws2ifsl
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Group:PNP_TDI
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\ws2ifsl.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ws2ifsl

Default Behavior

Winsock IFS Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows 10 it is disabled. If Winsock IFS Driver fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the ws2ifsl service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Winsock IFS Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc stop ws2ifsl
sc config ws2ifsl start= disabled

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The ws2ifsl service is using the ws2ifsl.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32\drivers folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.