File History Service (fhsvc) Defaults in Windows 8

Protects user files from accidental loss by copying them to a backup location.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:File History Service
Service name:fhsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\fhsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fhsvc
Privileges:
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

File History Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the File History Service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If File History Service 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 fhsvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

File History Service can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for File History Service

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

2. Save the Win8_fhsvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The fhsvc service is using the fhsvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.