Desktop Activity Moderator Driver (dam) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Controls activity of desktop applications.

Default Settings

Startup type:System
Display name:Desktop Activity Moderator Driver
Service name:dam
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\dam.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dam

Default Behavior

The Desktop Activity Moderator Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it is being loaded and initialized at Kernel initialization. If Desktop Activity Moderator Driver 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 dam service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Desktop Activity Moderator Driver

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_dam_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The dam service is using the dam.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.