Human Interface Device Service (hidserv) Defaults in Windows 8

Activates and maintains the use of hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. It is recommended that you keep this service running.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Human Interface Device Service
Service name:hidserv
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\hidserv.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hidserv
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Human Interface Device Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config hidserv start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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