Ancillary Function Driver for Winsock (AFD) Service Defaults in Windows 8
Ancillary Function Driver for Winsock.
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The Ancillary Function Driver for Winsock service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it is being loaded and initialized at Kernel initialization. If Ancillary Function Driver for Winsock fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the AFD service hasn't been started.
All the services listed below will not start if Ancillary Function Driver for Winsock is disabled:
- DHCP Client
- HomeGroup Provider
- Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup
- Network List Service
- Network Location Awareness
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
- WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service
Restore Default Startup Configuration for Ancillary Function Driver for Winsock
1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.
2. Save the Win8_AFD_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.
3. Run the saved file as an administrator.
4. Restart the computer.
The AFD service is using the afd.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32\drivers folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.