Microsoft Infrared HID Driver (HidIr) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Infrared Miniport Driver for Input Devices by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft Infrared HID Driver
Service name:HidIr
Service type:kernel
Error control:ignore
Group:extended base
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\hidir.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HidIr

Default Behavior

The Microsoft Infrared HID Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Microsoft Infrared HID Driver fails to load or initialize, Windows 8 startup proceeds. The error details should be added to Event Log without notifying the user.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft Infrared HID Driver

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

2. Save the Win8_HidIr_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The HidIr service is using the hidir.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.