Network Connections (Netman) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Network Connections
Service name:Netman
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\netman.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netman
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

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

If Network Connections is disabled, the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Network Connections

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

2. Save the Win8_Netman_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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