Workstation (LanmanWorkstation) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers using the SMB protocol. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Workstation
Service name:LanmanWorkstation
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wkssvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

Workstation is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Workstation service runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Workstation 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 LanmanWorkstation service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Workstation can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

All the services listed below will not start if Workstation is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Workstation

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Workstation depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config LanmanWorkstation start= auto
sc start LanmanWorkstation

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The LanmanWorkstation service is using the wkssvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.